Turtle Dove Alley outside the Charca de Suarez was also bristling with Hoopoes. Here's a couple of shots of some of them. The Charca itself was extremely dead, very few birds present at all. Not even many Chiffchaffs, I would have expected more by now.
It was nice to spot a late PlainTiger butterfly. The recent summery weather seems to have revived quite a few insects as there were lots of butterflies and dragonflies about. Migrant Hawker dragons for example were very active over the ponds. There were also plenty of Barn Swallows around making the most of the insect food available. The shot below shows adult and juvenile swallows, both taken today, 7th November at the Charca.
Another sign of harder weather in the Sierras was the presence of a large colony of Crag Martins roosting under the road bridge over the Rio Velez. I always enjoy watching these superb arial acrobats. This shot was taken using flash as the sun was almost gone and it was very dark under the bridge.