|Griffon Vultures Gyps fulvus - forming an impressive thermal of +100 birds. Many of them were also perched on the evergreen Holm Oaks Quercus ilex in the cliffs.|
Despite the dip it was still interesting on the raptor front: first a Hobby Falco subbuteo, then a female Goshawk Accipiter gentilis and then a pair of Honey Buzzards Pernis apivorus were in the air. The only animals on the feeding station were Ravens Corvus corax and a hungry Fox Vulpes vulpes.
Above the cliffs, together with the raptors were also some Crag Martins Ptyonoprogne rupestris and large numbers of House Martins Delichon urbicum (pre-migration flocks). The woodlands nearby offered a migrant Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix, a Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus and other commoner species.
Later in the day, on the way home we made a stop at Valle Cavanata where 34 Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus where on show, two of which also carring colour rings. Good to see there were also a juvenile Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea, 30 Grey Plovers Pluvialis squatarola (some still in breeding plumage) and a flock of about 140 Mediterranean Gulls Larus melanocephalus.
|Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus and Pygmy Cormorants Phalacrocorax pygmeus|
My local patch also offered a few goodies. I was most glad with two Crested Tits Lophophanes cristatus present for a couple of days in front of my house (quite showy and vocal). The sea also provided some sort of interest: a short seawatch yesterday revealed two Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis very busy with fishing activities, accompanied by a Common Tern Sterna hirundo and a passage of 10 Med Gulls Larus melanocephalus. The occasional (autumn) Swallow Hirundo rustica has also been seen flying southwards. Yes, it's that time of year again...