Now that your senses are getting honed you might get startled by a huge flash of feathers as it passed by the tip of your snout.
What on earth was that? Was it an eagle?
No, even better, you just got buzzed by a griffon vulture. When a bird with a wingspan close to 3 metres honours you with an eye to eye flyby, that is something to behold.
Other birds of prey around are Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, they more often than not are hassled by Ravens. Another member of the crow family the Red-billed Chough instantly has me scanning the sky whenever its jackdaw-like call is heard. Around the fringes of the orchards and cultivated areas, listen out for an array of buntings these include the Cirl, Ortolan and Rock varieties. The ant-munching Wryneck, a smaller and better camouflaged member of the woodpecker family can often be heard but not seen. You will need to be vigilant to spot it and others like Orphean and Bonelli’s warblers.