Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Hup, Hup, Hup.....

We had a pleasant ramble yesterday, with Jack lolloping along ahead as usual in the hills above the house. The weather was pleasant and sunny, as usual! But, as we neared the end of our route back on the fringe of the village, this delightful visitor flew across our path and landed in a tree alongside us. A Hoopoe, one of my favourite South European birds. Always a pleasure to see and hear and a sure sign of the coming of Spring:

The trees on the campo behind the house are now turning green again and many of our neighbours are again out being dragged around by rotovators. Another indicator of a seasonal change. I saw a Hollyhock and a Rose both in bloom. And the noise in the Campo from the birdlife each morning is escalating daily!

The Acequias/watercourses that line the hills are mostly very dry but there is some water coming down from the mountain, so all is not lost, I suppose.


  1. Please! It's still raining here :-(

  2. Love the picture of the bird.

    @Andrea. When isn't it? Perhaps we should ship it to Iain...

  3. Love seeing Hoopoes in Africa. Such a beautiful bird.

    Glad to hear that Spring is coming to you.

    Sft x