We were joined in November by Anton, a swedish visitor, for a day in the Sierra de Maria. We left Almeria city early and drove to Velez Rubio for breakfast. It was then on to the birding. Our first birds were a big flock of Crossbills drinking from a fuente. They were soon joined by Firecrest and Crested tit. A Grey wagtail made a surprise appearance and then a rare bird for southern Spain, Brambling, a superb male. Ravens croaked overhead and as the morning warmed up Griffon vultures began kettling. An Iberian green woodpecker called from the forest and we were lucky enough to get a good sighting. Three male Woodlarks gave beautiful songs from on top of the pine trees. After lunch we found Rock bunting and Cirl bunting and Short toed treecreeper. The Crossbills kept us constant company. All in all a great day followed by a pleasant evening in Velez Rubio and back to Almeria the following morning.