Saturday 23 September 2017

Western Salamanca: a castro in the Arribes area and a couple of lagoons.

A day out last week with a friend, to a pre-Roman hill fort in the Arribes overlooking the rocky canyons of the river Huebra, rewarded us with some great views of Griffon vulture both perched and soaring, and a pair of Golden eagle flying in harmony. 
We also saw Short-toed eagle, both light and dark Booted eagles, Sparrow hawk, Red kite and Buzzard. 
There were warblers: Subalpine, Willow, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Spectacled, Chiffchaff and Cettia.  This is a good time of year for warblers as many are heading south and the younger ones are often more visible. There were Cirl and Rock bunting, a Blue Rockthrush hunting a butterfly in mid-air, Crag martin, House martin, Red-rumped and Barn swallow.  In amongst the oaks and dog-rose  bushes were Short-toed treecreeper, Lesser-spotted woodpecker, Bluetit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Serin and Goldfinch, and just about everywhere young Blackbirds.  
On the ground or on the rocks Black redstart, Rock sparrow, Wheatear, Crested lark and large Psammodromus lizards, as well as Striped Grayling butterflies. 
 The temperature was tolerable and even cool in the shade with a welcome breeze.  We stopped off at a lagoon on the way home and were pleasantly surprised to find two Black storks, one adult and one young, preening by the water’s edge.  Close by were groups of Little egret, Grey heron and one Great white egret.   

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