Its worth a visit
Wednesday14th of September A day for exploring the local habitats around Rute
After the disapointment of our trip to Hornachos yesterday we decided to explore some of the more local sites close to Rute and in particular the very spectacular scenic area around Palmera.
We came across our first rocky faced mountain after only 10 minutes and straight away fon Golden Eagle sat perched on the rock face (see habitat in photogallery).
A short walk around the base of this terrain produced 4 Red Legged Partridge,3 Sardinian Warblers,several Pied Flycatchers,single Southern Grey Shrike,5 Stonechats,2 Ravens,3 Ortolan Buntings and 2 Common Kestrels.
We couldnt resist a look at Vergen De La Sierra so we first of all decided to have lunch at the superb Resteraunt which is at the beginningh of the climb up the mountain.I cant reccomend this Resteraunt strongly enough.All through our trip we had superb service and the quality of both the Tapas and the lunches was superb.
As we found throughout the trip Vergen De La Sierra was again excellent for birds with at least 120 Griffon Vultures passing South just as we arrived at the Granite mine area.We had 4 Northern Wheatears on our ascent as well as 12 Stonechat,2 Ravens ,68 Chough and a further 64 Griffin Vultures going South.Further up the mountain we had 4 Alpine Swift,15 Swallows(Barn),15 House Martins and 3 displaying Common Kestrels.There was at least 6 Crossbills in conifers near the church at the top of the mountain.
A call to the Sewage ponds at Rute produced 80 Spotless Starlings,single Hoopoe,3 Green sandpipers1 Common Sandpiper,3 White Wagtails and 1 Little ringed Plover