This week saw the arrival on our seed bowl of our first ever Siskins. We have also spotted quite a few while out and about on country roads and I note reports from other birders seeing more of them here in Andalucia this year. No idea why but something of an "invasion" albeit a very pleasant one.
Not much else of note, a trip up Sierra Loja would have been good except for the thick fog on the higher reaches. Through the gloom we could make out a lot of Ring Ouzels and Redwings on the hawthorn bushes but photography was futile I did snap this fine looking Black Redstart at the base of the mountain.
I post another shot here of one of my least favourite birds the Red-knobbed Coot. It is an extremely aggressive species which I believe drives other species away and eats their eggs. In fact it is even highly aggressive towards its own offspring which is why so few of them survive into adulthood.
Apart from the Coots the Charca de Suarez has been very quiet lately. I did spot a Little Bittern flying across one of the ponds, a Bluethroat has been seen quite frequently and there is a party of six or so Ferruginous Ducks which is always nice to see. This bird is classified as Near Threatened as it faces so many threats from hunters, climate change and habitat loss so it's good to see them safe and sound here, except for the red-knobbed coots which will harass anything around.
Retired seafarer living in Frigiliana, a white village in Malaga Province in southern Spain. Married to Elena. Keen bird and wildlife watchers.
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