In Salitre on Sunday there were many Chiffchaff
around with a group of at least 6 (presumably all Common) frequenting a small patch of chumbo (prickly pear).
In Gaucin on Monday morning there were 100+ Griffon Vulture
just SE of Sierra del Hacho (also per M Bennett). As a sure sign of Autumn, several Black Redstart have been seen in the village in the last couple of days and a Meadow Pipit was over Calle Convento on Monday.
There was a little light rain this morning (just 1mm) but an afternoon stroll along the Camino de Gibraltar was made in warm sunshine with the following seen:
Griffon Vulture, Peregrine (in a very steep, very fast dive behind the castle), Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 3 Song Thrush
, Spotless Starling, Eurasian Jay, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Black Redstart
(at least 10 in just one small almond grove), Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff sp., and Cirl Bunting.
|Sunset from Salitre|
|The Roman settlement of Vesci (foreground), Cortes de la Frontera and Sierra de Libar|
|Sierra Crestellina under cloud - from Camino de Gibraltar|
|One of several smart male Black Redstart|
|Some of the 100+ Griffon Vulture over El Hacho (per M. Bennett)|
|Skulking (Common) Chiffchaff|