Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sierra De Espuna / Guadalentin Valley Day Four

Day four started at the Sierra De Espuna as we had visited this area last week we were quietly confident of a good result for Blue Rock Thrush, Tawny Pipit and Rock Sparrow. It is a fantastic sight and the scenery alone is worth the visit. Full list of birds seen is in our trip report which can be found at aquilabirdtours under the trip reports tab.

Starting at the top of the reserve we recorded : Red-billed Chough, Tawny Pipit (see below) and Rock Bunting. Birding our way slowly down the mountain we recorded Short-toed Treecreeper, Rock Sparrow (see below), Jay (see below), Tree Pipit, Bonelli's Warbler and Blue Rock Thrush. No Wild Boar to contend with today but good views of Wood Lark and Firecrest around the picnic area.

Tawny Pipit


Rock Sparrow

Leaving the Sierra De Espuna's behind us and heading for the Guadalentin Valley we had good views of Black Kite and Short-Toed Eagle. Luckily we had pulled over for a drinks stop when the Eagle soured above the car. A definite for the photo album !

Short-Toed Eagle

The Guadalentin Valley is always a favourite with guests because of the diversity of the habitat and the amount of different species you can record in a relatively small area. Although the site is not a big one, you can drive/walk along the small caminos used by the landowners for hours. Bee-eater, Roller, Magpie, Greater-spotted Cuckoo, Greater and Lesser Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, Hoopoe, Little Bustard, Hobby, Stone Curlew, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Subalpine Warbler and Spectacled Warbler were amongst the birds seen today. We have more pictures from todays trip which will be in the trip report available on the website shortly.

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