We have been to Orgiva twice before and find it great value. The area is rustic and unpretentious and not too touristy. The weather is always hot and sunny at this time of year, the mountains are arid and spectacular, and hopefully there will be some bird life to look at, too.
Birding isn't the main reason for going but I will be interested to see what I can conjure up during the eight days. What I won't be doing is driving around all day looking for potential birding spots. This holiday is for relaxing, something Annie and I certainly need at the moment with both my parents – one in a home suffering from a rapid decline due to dementia, the other having a return of a cancer after a two-year reprieve – in need of close attention when we get back, but we need to chill out for a bit first. I just hope I can rid myself of the guilt of probably enjoying myself by the time I've driven the two hours to the villa.
I was down in Margate again on Monday to take my mum for her appointment with the onchologist and on the way home had a quick look around Foreness Point in the gathering gloom for migrants. I came up with four Whinchat and a couple of Wheatear.
|Wheatear at Foreness Point|
|Whinchat at Foreness Point|
Last night I took a very quick stroll around the local patch, just in case a huge flock of waders dropped by. There was just one, a solitary Common Sandpiper on the edge of the Water Colour Lagoons. A Kingfisher flew across the lagoon and a couple of Willow Warbler flitted and chirped in the shrubbery along the edge of the Water Colour mound.
Not exactly Tice's Meadow...