Yet another lazy Sunday afternoon sitting by the river under my favourite tree, today we were joined by Sophie (Dawn's daughter) and her boy -friend John. Most of the usual suspects were there but Little-Ringed Plover and the Turtle Doves have now left the area.........
Rio Guadiaro at Estacion de Cortes
We made it a long afternoon arriving around 2pm amd staying until 7pm, it was hot and sunny but quite a breeze was blowing up the valley from the El Colmenar Gorge.
ORANGE-WINGED DROPWING - Trithemis kirbyi
Flocks of Goldfinches, Linnets and Serins were constantly coming down to drink, White and Grey Wagtails flitted from rock to rock, whilst Chiffchaff sp. Cirl Bunting, Red-rumped Swallow put in the odd appearance.
But the best sightings were of Common Kingfisher, two Green Sandpipers, a flock of Rock Sparrows and a bunch of some 40 Bea-eaters that came down to wash.
A VIEW OF THE RIVER LOOKING TOWARDS THE WIER
Numerous Griffon Vultures drifted over as did Booted Eagle, two Grey Herons and a Sparrowhawk came down and took one of the Goldfinches!
THE CAR PARKED UNDER OUR FAVOURITE TREE