Griffon vulture and black redstarts in Aragon, Spain


Bierge, church, 31 October 2014

After 30 October in Barcelona, we continued to Aragon, more to the west in Spain. Along the road, white storks had built nest on electricity pylons. We arrived in Bierge village, in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, with its church pictured here.

On the next day, 31 October 2014, Eurasian crag martins circled along the church. Most swallow species are migratory; at least in Spain, crag martins are the only swallows staying all year.

Early in the morning in Bierge. Spotless starlings. A griffon vulture flying far away.

As we walk, a black redstart on the footpath.

Two common starlings sitting next to a spotless relative.

House sparrows.

Two rock sparrows on a field.

Crested lark, 31 October 2014

A crested lark on the road.

Cirl bunting female, 31 October 2014

A female cirl bunting in a bush cleans her feathers.

A wren.

Meadow pipit, on bush, 31 October 2014

A meadow pipit.

A skylark, flying.

Robin, 31 October 2014

A robin.

A female chaffinch in a tree.

A woodlark and a song thrush together in a tree.

Griffon vulture, 31 October 2014

A griffon vulture flies past.

On the side of the road are burrows. They are nests of bee-eaters, wintering in Africa now.

Griffon vultures, 31 October 2014

Scores of griffon vultures on a rock where there is food. A raven joins them.

A bearded vulture and a red kite fly above them.

Black redstart, female, 31 October 2014

More black redstarts …

Black redstart female, 31 October 2014

… female …

Black redstart male, 31 October 2014

… and male.

Black redstart male, Bierge, 31 October 2014

A male cirl bunting singing in a tree.

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