Guadalentin Steppe and Sierra Espuna – Paul Coombes (Visiting Birder)

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Day 14 – 2nd April
Not really a birding day today. I invited my mother to join me Inland for a change instead of going to the coast.  Of course I had to show her Guadalentin, especially with all the BLACK-BELLIED SANDGROUSE there at the moment. A quick half hour tour and I had bagged my best images so far of the flighty beggars. Mother also added Spectacled Warbler and LITTLE OWL to her ‘life list’ haha.

After breakfast in Alhama de Murcia, we ventured up into Sierra Espuna. I really do think she enjoyed the views, though I did notice she was hanging on to the car door rather tightly. We had a few drinks at the restaurant half way to the summit. Whilst in the mountains I sneaked in a little birding also. I added Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Woodlark and Rock Bunting to the Trip list. Crossbill, Crested Tit, Chough and singing Black Redstart were also spotted. A little walk around, a couple more drinks and a slow descent in the early evening. We were back in Montesinos around 2100 hrs, allowing plenty of time for pre-bed tea and biscuits. Trip list 142