Drove North to Avila, then towards the Gredos Mountains. The birds that would become regular, were all seen on the drive. Red & Black Kite(loads), White Storks (nesting on nearly every pylon), Spotless Starlings and Woodchat Shrike. A Short-toed Eagle was seen and a couple of Hoopoes too.
As we got up higher there seemed to be Cuckoos everywhere, calling and being seen. Never seen so many before! First proper stop was Parador de Gredos, a rather posh looking Hotel, to look for Citril Finch mainly. Birds here included Serin, Linnet, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Short-toed Treecreeper, Western Bonellis Warbler, and what sounded like Citril Finch too. After about 5 minutes only, something caught my eye, near the small church like building on the other side of the road. I walked up, and there on the grass were a pair of Citril Finches, my first lifer. We drove around looking for more, but no sign, i did hear more though.
|Spanish Wagtail (Male)|
|Rock Bunting (Male)|
On the way back down we saw our first Blue Rock Thrush, bit distant though. A stop at the farm again, this time there was a too brief view of a male Ortolan Bunting! All the other birds were still there. After a few stops on the way back, which didnt produce anything else new, except hearing a Fan-tailed Warbler, we were back on the main road, the Valley de Jerte. Onto Plasencia, then to the Camping Monfrague, where we would be staying for 6 nights. In the campsite we had, Azure-winged Magpies, this is the easiest place to see them anywhere, as they come down to bread!!!! Also Spotless Starlings and House Sparrows.
Not a bad first day. Hopefully not so much driving from now on, until the long drive across the country!!!!!