I took another look at Minerve but still no sign of Wallcreepers. I moved up into the garrigue and hills above Minerve and could not help noticing considerable numbers of Song and Mistle Thrushes on every available meadow. It seems they are gathering prior to heading north. On my way back I stopped a a Hawfinch flew up from the road edge but quickly disappeared in the holm oaks. A Firecrest did show itself briefly.
I noticed one or two small groups of Lapwings moving north today. They will have been pushed well south this year with the hard weather and they too are starting their return migration.