NAPTON ON THE HILL WEATHER

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Diary Update #2 Birding Spain

Woke up to a stunning, if not freezing morning at the villa, with almost cloudless skies and a dawn chorus to die for! The morning mist was shrouding the valley's below and the sun just creeping from behind the mountains.

Nuthatch reveals himself!
A couple of Nightingales singing just below the villa as I set off around the grounds and then the stunning calls of a Golden Oriole. Try as I might I simply couldn't get any decent views of these shy and mobile birds, save for a brief glance as it flew to its next hideout. The surrounding conifers are providing excellent cover but patience paid off when I managed Crested Tit (2) Firecrest and a noisy Nuthatch (several seen) appeared before perching on the telegraph pole for a while. Quick views of a Treecreeper, which at this point will have to remain as Eurasian, with Short-toad Treecreeper also residing in this area I'm listening out for the calls for a more positive ID.

Cirl Bunting in his favourite perch!
A Cirl Bunting was singing from what I've now decided is his favourite spot, having come across him yesterday evening. Two Ravens over as I made my way in for a coffee, at least a dozen Bee-eaters calling as they passed through and a constant stream of Common Swift, even at this early hour. Wren, Chaffinch and Jay around the patio and distant sounds of drumming Woodpeckers. Looking forward to a day at the coast later!