What a way to end a wonderful day
We left the coast at about 08:20 in dense mist and followed the A7 and then the AP46 from Málaga up to the A92 towards Granada. Although the weather forecast had been good we were concerned as all previous meetings of this trip had encountered rain. Our fears disappeared as we journeyed along the AP46 and climbed out of the low cloud that had been causing the mist and into brilliant sunshine.
Arriving at the Abades Service Station, our meeting point at 09:20 allowed us to have a coffee before our departure on the Field Meeting at 09:45. Eventually everyone converged on the lower car park and we were pleasantly surprised to count twenty-seven people, twenty-four of which were members. Mick Richardson, our guide for the day, soon had us organised and we left in convoy, in nine cars, and headed away from the Service Station to our first stop, which was the Lower Quarry. This quarry is along a track that leaves at the side of the Service Station on its journey to the high ground of the Sierra de Loja.
Red-legged Partridge, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Eagle Owl, Little Owl, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, European Bee-eater, Woodchat Shrike, Jay, Iberian Azure-winged Magpie, Chough, Jackdaw, Common Raven, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Thekla Lark, Swallow, Eurasian Crag Martin, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Dartford Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Wren, Short-toed Treecreeper, Spotless Starling, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Rock-thrush, Blue Rock-thrush, Rock Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Crossbill, Rock Bunting.
Chairman of Andalucia Bird Society