Saturday, April 30, 2016

Diary Update #1 Birding Spain

We finally arrived in our villa near Albucies, Catalonia mid afternoon after a painless flight from Birmingham airport, that's UK not Alabama!! Unfortunately this was followed but an absolute nightmare with Avis car rental at Barcelona airport. Without going into the finer details ninety minutes to get the keys was a disgrace and despite an upgrade never again!

Cracking views but I'm not sure a swim is in order!
Anyway here we are and after a torrential downpour this afternoon with temperatures struggling into double figures, we're all stocked up on food and drink, log fire burning and ready for the next couple of weeks. The weather is thankfully set to improve from here on so bring on the birding.

Our home for the next fortnight!
Managed to do a little exploring late afternoon around the villa grounds and it would seem that Cirl Buntings are plentiful in the area, constantly calling and showing occasionally. Every so often 10/20 Common Swift will fly through the valley and Common Crossbill can be heard in the nearby conifers. A couple of distant unidentified large raptors circling over the mountains, plus Serin, Nuthatch, Cuckoo calling, Chaffinch and Firecrest, even a fly by Turtle Dove is a nice start to the holiday.