Coming down from the mountain yesterday in the rain Nick and I had unknowingly walked past several Finsch's Wheatears that were seen by Paul Chapman's group. We were up soon after dawn to look for them and quickly saw 4 along the first part of the mountain track. The Red-fronted Serins were still present too as were 8 Shore and 5 Wood Larks and a Water Pipit. We then revisited the Chromium Mine track. Often revisiting an excellent area can prove disappointing but this was not the case as we saw 4 White-throated Robins, a male Ring Ouzel, the pair of Barred Warblers, 2 Rock Thrushes, 2 Chukars, and 2 Snowfinches.
|Finsch's Wheatear showing 'normal' wheatear tail pattern. At times black-throated Black-eared Wheatears can look superficially similar when the gap between the black on the face and wings isn't apparent. Their tail pattern is quite different though.|
|a smart bird!|
|the very distinctive penicillata race of Shore Lark has no yellow in its plumage and a solid black face, throat and upper breast surrounding an extensive white chin|
|another territorial White-throated Robin, this one 400m from yesterday's which was also in full song|
We eventually dragged ourselves away from the White-throated Robins on the Chromium mine track and had a quick but unsuccessful look for Wallcreepers in Demirkazik Gorge, where a Golden Eagle was some compensation, before returning to Pension Ozsafak for a more timely breakfast.
|Nick at the start of the Demirkazik Gorge|
|looking out of Demirkazik Gorge|
|views from pension Ozsafak|
|breakfast panorama from Pension Ozsafak|
|Rose-coloured Starlings feeding by the road soon after leaving Demirkazik|
|Bald Ibis in the Ibis Wadi. Free-flying but heavily ringed, these birds are apparently taken into care each winter. I was very glad to have seen this species in Morocco in 1977 so wasn't overly concerned about how countable they might be.|