Calling All Bird Watchers
Wed, March 18, 2009 — Hotel
With the arrival of Spring we have also noted the arrival of a bumper migration of birds to or passing through the Alpujarras. Local resident and friend of the hotel, George McKinney writes:
"Last night we sat on the patio trying not to disturb the nesting Mistle Thrushes and Serins. We watched a Pied Flycatcher at work while we sat in the evening warmth after a long day in the sun. The Scops Owl that had been in view all day in its Chestnut-tree roost, started its distinctive call. A Cirl Bunting popped onto the grass and a Blackcap sang in the trees."
"This morning we awoke to the calls of the Golden Orioles and went out to watch them give a wonderful flight display. As we sat over a late breakfast a pair of Booted Eagles flew by and the first Melodious Warbler (photo above) appeared on a nearby branch."
"Today we are going out birding (yes, actually leaving the patio) with excellent chances of seeing a locally nesting pair of Golden Eagles. Our walk will extend to find Linnets, Rock Buntings, Nightingales, Sardinian Warblers and a possible Bonelli’s Eagle; to name but a few."