We left our wonderful, secluded hotel high up in the Hecho Valley and headed down to pastures new, stopping amongst some arable fields to look for Ortolan Bunting again, but only hearing it this time. There were plenty of Corn Buntings, a few Cirl Buntings, and a fabulous Queen of Spain Fritillary. Moving on we paid a visit to a small craggy area where a fruiting bush held 2 Western Orphean Warblers, 2 Subalpine Warblers and a male Sardinian Warbler.
|A good place for warblers....!|
A male Blue Rock Thrush was found on a cliff face, and 3 Peregrines, Eurasian Griffons and Egyptian Vultures soared in the clear blue sky. We’d already seen Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Common Buzzard, along with many Red and Black Kites so far today.
|Castille de Loare|
After some cold drinks and chips in a nearby restaurant we drove to Castille de Loare, a very scenic and picturesque setting where Rock Sparrow, Eurasian Hoopoe and Eurasian Crag Martins were present.
|Eurasian Crag Martin|
|Rock Sparrow was also breeding near the battlements|
A very close Apollo Butterfly was also much appreciated here and was at a very low elevation than I would have expected.
|Amazing views of this Apollo today|
After a short perusal of the ruins we had more cold drinks and ice-cream before driving to Loporzano and the wonderful Casa Boletas, our base for the next 2 nights. Along the ay we spotted several European Bee-eaters….… 38 degrees here this afternoon….!