(1) Richard has a blogspot also www.murciabirder.blogspot.com which covers the Cartagena area and will be very useful for those of you who live that way on, and (2) with regard to the reservoirbirds page which was given by Dave in the last Almería report, Richard has pointed out that it can be read in English by clicking on the little Union Jack. Many thanks for the info., Richard.
|probable female Spectacled Warbler|
The weather forecast looked good, so, having picked up Tony and Kas, Gilly and I drove to María where we met up with Rod, Linda, Brian, Mary, Alan and John. After a coffee at the Garage Cafe we made our way up to the Chapel seeing a Woodchat Shrike and a pair of Cirl Buntings on the way. We had a wander and added Blackcap, Corn Bunting, Jay and Mistle Thrush to the list before ascending towards the Botanical Gardens. A small number of Griffon Vultures glided effortlessly along the mountain ridge. Linnet and Chaffinch were among the bushes. A very vocal Coal Tit eventually flew to a low wall where its nest was. As we reached the information centre a Woodlark serenaded to us from the top of a pine tree.
On the way back got photos of obliging Short-toed Lark and Corn Bunting. We stopped for lunch at the La Piza restaurant with Crossbills calling above us as they waited to drink from the depostito. Tony then spotted a Hawfinch feeding on fresh leaves in a tree only metres away from us. It stayed for a good five minutes. We also saw a Common Buzzard.
Rod, Linda, Mary and later Brian went off to look at orchids as the rest of us, guided in the right direction by Brian, headed to the Vulture Feeding Station. A few Griffon Vultures could be seen. Kas spotted acrobatic Red-billed Choughs beside the "Grandmothers Molar" Mountain. We also saw Black-eared Wheatear.