|Hawfinches were the commonest bird on our early morning walk.|
After breakfast we moved on down the Valley of Roses and took a walk over a landscape of grassland and forest. We noted a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Crested Lark before a superb Eastern Imperial Eagle soared overhead. Heading back a lone Chiffchaff flew by and 66 White Storks passed overhead before we boarded the bus to head off for our main quarry.
|The Black-bellied Dipper|
Using a four-wheel drive we went up very high to the edge of the snowline. We began a walk in the dramatic hills but found little. A group of 12 Wild Boar running beneath us pumped the adrenalin. We found a splendid male Ring Ouzel after a while and then paused by beech woodland to obtain great views of a Black Woodpecker before finding a couple of Willow Tits. Try as we could we found no sign of the elusive Rock Partridge. Then just after lunch a heavy and prolonged snow shower arrived and we gave up for the day. We will be back tomorrow.