These next two days I am spending time at an IUCN Spain conference in Málaga where I hope to nail one or two ignorant bloody local politicians to the wall for their plans about the Guadalhorce and their hypocrisy in being at a conservation conference. I hope to enjoy myself but the next entry may be from Alhaurìn jail.
By the way, received wisdom about the oddly plumaged Black Redstart at Fuente de Piedra is that it is in fact not an eastern race but a hybrid with Common Redstart, which is probably even rarer! I shall be putting up a few comparative photos on Sunday if I survive the politicians. With regard to your comment about the numbers of Black Redstarts, we've been knee-deep in them here, the best winter fior them in 34 years. With regard to your comment about male:female ratios, don't forget that there are all the juveniles/1st winter birds which resemble the females, which must be taken into account too. Thus you may well end up with a ratio male:female/1st winter ratio of 1: 4 or 5, hence the apparent imbalance.
Nice photo of the Crag Martin, Dave!! Incidentally, I saw a Siskin this morning and there have been 3 Brent Geese seen this week doing a tour of Málaga province, having been seen at Fuente de Piedra, the following day in front of the Guadalhorce and the day after along the beach.
Don't worry about age catching up with you , Dave. It's when it doesn't that you should worry, and you should know as you've been too close for comfort to that stage.