The plan is to start the day with a visit inland to Mochique, Foia, the highest peak in the Algarve, fortunately you can drive to the top !
Then to finish the day, back at Quinto de Lago.
Dawn sees us at the Serra de Mochique, half way up to Foia, we stop to explore lanes and tracks looking for 'Crested Tit' !
Blue sky as usual, another hot day coming
Robin, (first one !)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail, heard
We move on to the top, Foia,
Dartford Warbler, 4 +
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
** Rock Bunting **, another star bird
Lots of people arrive, it is a tourist place so we descend to stop halfway down and have early lunch.
Quick lunch, move a bit and stop at the next lay bye to wander down a track that leads through mixed Cork Oak and Pine trees with scrub around.
10 minutes and Kevin 'hears a Crested Tit', a bit of waiting and watching, then we see
Crested Tit, 2 'a big first for me'
It was obvious that we would only get record photos, the Crested Tit stayed high in dense trees, but a 'top tick'.
So we moved on.
After leaving Monchique, we took a detour to the Odelouca Valley, not much seen, not close, we kept moving onto Quinto de Lago again for the last couple of hours of the day. We now know the short cuts and the easy ways !
by and on the golf course
Waxbill, 6 +
The reed bed and scrub had all the usual
Sunset brings close to another day !
Day 2. 34 species seen, 6 new species for me to add to my European list.
Day 3. 28 species seen, 8 new species for me to add to my European list.
Day 4. 9 species seen, 7 new species for me to add to my European list.
Day 5. 11 species seen, 2 new species for me to add to my European list.
Day 7. 10 species seen, 4 new species for me to add to my European list.