|Hawfinch Picogordo Coccothraustes coccothraustes|
Next it was off to take the mountain track down to Alcaucin via the two picnic areas. No sooner off the main road and I had a couple of Bee-eaters followed by a small flock of Serin. The first of two Jays fled uphill through the tress and as I approached the upper picnic site i stopped the car to study the individual bird, pretending to be a Crossbill on sentry duty, proudly sitting on top of a small fir tree. Yes, the first for a long time, a lovely Hawfinch. Indeed, the bird stayed long enough to continue taking photographs even after turning off the engine. A few metres later I was opposite the picnic site itself where there were many Crossbills to be seen and mainly juveniles of the year. A Rock Bunting ventured out to see what I was doing and then it was on down to the lower and larger picnic site.
|Adult Crossbill Piquituerto Loxia curvirostra in heavy moult|
This time I was greeted by occupiers of the human variety making use of the facilities so very little to be seen other than a couple of Blackbirds and a small number of Chaffinches. There had been Barn Swallows, House Martins and Pallid Swifts feeding above me all the way down the track but now I was also able to pick a very small number of Common Swifts. Behind me, a Turtle Dove was singing his mournful telephone song and, as a finale, a pair of Ibex fled from the track up the slope as soon as I left the area.
Back home before lunch to cool off with only 21 species recorded including the Thekla Larks as I came up the track to Casa Collado and the pair of Woodchat Shrikes on the way down. But they did include some rather special birds so not all bad news.
|Juvenile Crossbill Piquituerto Loxia curvirostra all ready to meet the outside world|
|That magnificent Hawfinch Picogordo Coccothraustes coccothraustes keeping a wary eye on the photographer|
Birds seen:Turtle Dove, Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Black Wheatear, Blackbird, Woodchat Shrike, Jay, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Hawfinch, Crossbill and Rock Bunting.
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