On the subject of the Red Squirrels (see Dave's comment below), some 20 years ago there was quite a decent population of Reds in the El Retiro Park in the centre of Madrid (well worth a walk around of you happen to be in that metropolis). These Reds, were very tame and would come and take crushed walnut pieces from your fingers by the simple expedient of walking up you and along an outstretched arm. My son, then aged about 7, was particularly good at attracting them. Also, there were some melanic ones and very attractive they were too. I don't know if they are still there or not.
And while on the subject of the Retiro, a friend who lives about two blocks away rang about 10 pm. one evening a couple of Novembers since and asked me to guess what he was looking at. I said the television and he told me not to be stupid (normal) and that in fact he was watching an Eagle Owl on a roof top opposite! There are several pairs actually in the city. I bet they cleaned out the stray cats population! Some years ago there was one which took up winter residence in the centre of Coín (Málaga province) and totally cleaned out stray cat population. Old biddies were locking up their pet moggies at night lest they fall as dinner to the owl. We could use one around where I live as the law says that I can't shoot the cats or their owners!
Well, Dave and Gilly at least have their wheels back, which is something, and made the most of them as he recounts below.
I too add my best wishes to you all for a good Christmas and New Year, and my particular thanks to Dave for his enlightening reports from the other end of Andalusia and, especially, good birding again in 2014.