🇪🇸Saturday 19th November 2022🌤 16C ~ Wind NW @ 8MPH ~ I arrived in Spain yesterday morning in the heavy rain, very welcome rain by all accounts, for a 2-week stay at my friend's villa in Mijas. So with improved conditions, today was spent just chilling out on the terrace taking in the host of species that reside here.
|Crested Tit ~ The one bird I always look forward to seeing daily.|
Crested Tits are regular visitors to the grounds and if you sit patiently (with a beer or two) there quite happy to come and pose for a photo.
|The elusive Sardinian Warbler.|
Sardinian Warblers breed here and are resident all year round in the gardens and also at this time of year up to a half-dozen Black Redstarts arrive to spend the winter. Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs are here too in smaller numbers and Red-legged Partridge are often calling from further down the hill and can occasionally come up to the villa to forage. There's a slow but constant movement overhead with Crag Martins coming lower down the mountains for the winter months and Common Crossbills are a regular fly-by. Today a couple of Ravens, Common Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk were also noted.
There are a few butterflies still on the wing and the gardens make good habitat for Lang's Short-tailed Blues, with several seen today feeding on the Lantana.