CranesSnow may be seen on the mountains behing Guadalupe this month in some years, at least for a few days. It makes a wonderful backdrop to the dehesa and cereal plains but is not normally seen until winter is well established.
Eagle Owl are vocal in the first hours of darkness, with the deep bass call carrying a long way to mark out territory. They are one of the top predators, and even Goshawk remains have been identified by nest sites! The Cranes disperse in groups of varying size during the, ranging from a family group of 3 up to groups of several hundereds. In the late afternoon they come together at pre-roost locations, and the spectacle of several thousand calling Crane dropping into a rice or maize field is never forgotten.
Flocks of Golden Plover can be hard to locate, and the many thousands of waders can be widely dispersed across the irrigated plains: Dunlin, Kentish Plover, Little Stint and Temminck's Stint, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Black-winged Stilt. In the wooded areas, Hawfinch numbers increase with migrants from the north. Firecrest - much commoner than Goldcrest here - can provide an exciting moment if a small group is located.