Mary’s Blog – Fago and Anso Valleys

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Today we drove down the Fago valley, a dramatic place with high cliffs and extensive forests. We heard quite a lot of birds without seeing them, including Wren, Robin and Great Tit. At the edge of Fago village we had House and Tree Sparrows. At the bottom of the valley where the area becomes more agricultural we saw several Corn Buntings and a Turtle Dove on a wire, which was a nice surprise. Black and Red Kites were seen flying as we headed to Berdun for a coffee stop. Here we watched House Martins visiting their nests under balconies and Swallows and Swifts were also in the air above the village. I went to a viewpoint to take photos and two Nightingales were singing in the bushes and trees below.

Next we headed back up the Anso valley, another place with stunning scenery. At the lower end there were more Corn Buntings and several Crested Larks. Further up the valley Griffin Vultures were flying around the rocky cliffs. We had a picnic at a high point where many lovely wild flowers were growing. It was very hot here with an unfortunate lack of shade. Moving further along the road we stopped to look at a bird I thought could have been a Ring Ouzel but it had vanished. However, we did find a Red backed Shrike there which was some compensation, and a Cuckoo called nearby.

We returned to our apartment for a rest and later had a walk down by the river where several White Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail were seen, along with a Nightingale as it flew across the river. A Black Kite was perched quite close to us and a Red Kite was also perched at the other side of the bridge, while three Griffin Vultures flew over the village.

Species list – Griffin Vulture, Red Kite, Black Kite, Buzzard, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo (HO), Swift, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Robin, Nightingale, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel?, Great Tit, Red backed Shrike, Magpie, Alpine Chough, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Corn Bunting.