Monday, 19 February 2018

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A quick check on the Bustards.

This winter the Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) flock on the local patch has been more fragmented than usual and I have only managed to see what I think was the complete flock together once (81 birds) which is much smaller than the 250 birds of a few years ago. Today I found two of the groups totalling 47 birds, there were just 19 on the usual Lucerne field and there were another 28 on another nearby field. I did not get out on to the middle fields to do a count but suspect the rest of the birds were there or out on the Mesia side of the site.
In the same area there were several Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaria), Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus). On my way back towards the house I had a quick look at the Arroyo Vilano where I added White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs). On my way back up to the house I had good views of a group of 3Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla) in a roadside Walnut tree and nearby one of my regular Little Owls (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua). 
Once back at the house I saw several Siskin's (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) on the feeders along with a pair of Great Tits (Carbonera Común / Parus major), several House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and both ♂and♀ Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla).

Friday, 16 February 2018

GRANADA WILDLIFE TOUR OF THE PYRENEES 2018

Places still available on this excellent tour.

GRANADA WILDLIFE TOUR OF ZARAGOZA AREA AND THE PYRENEES.

23rd to the 30th June 2018.

Watching Wallcreepers

Places still available on this excellent tour.


which starts in the areas to the west of Zaragoza where we look for Steppe species which include Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, Calandra, Lesser Short-toed and the difficult Dupont's Larks, Montagu's Harrier and others. Most of the tour is based in the Hecho Valley and surrounding areas looking for high mountain species such as Snow Finch, Alpine Accentor, Alpine Chouch, Wallcreeper, Lammergeier, White-backed and Black WoodpeckerRufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Ortolan Bunting, Citril Finch and again many others.
Lammergeier
This is not a tour that is aimed just at the birders as we will be spending time looking at Butterflies, Dragonflies, Orchids, Wild flowers, Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles and just about anything else we can find whilst taking in some amazing views along the way.

Pyrenean Saxifrage.

Getting comfortable
Duke of Burgandy.
Lady's Slipper.
Alpine Accentor.

Realenga de Agicampe, Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

An hour in the hide by the pool.

Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes).
After filling the feeders I set the hide up and waited to see what arrived. There were several Siskins (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) still knocking about including at least three ♂ and even more ♀, ♂ Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), ♂♀ Blackbird
Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes).
(Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), ♂♀ House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), ♂♀ Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), ♂♀ Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), a couple of singing Short-toed Treecreepers (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla) in the olives, Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and a beast of a Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes) dropped straight into the feeder scattering everything. It sat there for a while and flew straight out again not giving a chance for a clear shot. 

Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) female.
Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) male.
Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) female.
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla).
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) male.
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) female.
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) female.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) male.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) male.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) male.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Caleta de Velez and Laguna de La Barrera, Malaga Province.

A very nice day down on the coast.

One or two Gulls to search through.
After an early visit to the hospital for Jayne we headed off down to Caleta de Velez where I spent a while looking for the reported 1st Winter Iceland Gull (Gaviota Groenlandesa / Larus glaucoides) which had been around for a few days, I did not find it but did see lots of Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gulls (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), a couple of Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which were on the port wall and several Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) on the rocks below.
Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
In the trees nearby there were loads of Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and in the air several Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris).
I did not find the target species so we went in to Torre del Mar where we did some shopping and then went up to the shopping centre near the motorway where Jayne had a successful visit.
Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
After the shopping we returned to the Port where I met up with Bob Wright and not long after he arrived we had an adult winter Common Gull (Gaviota Cana /Larus canus) fly past us at the head of a flock of Meds and Black-heads and on the outer sea wall a couple of Ruddy Turnstones (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) whilst out to sea there were several Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus).
Female Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula).
I left Bob at the port and then Jayne and I went back to Torre where we had lunch on the sea front before going back yet again to the port for another go at the Gull and after about 40 minutes I saw it out in the port entrance in flight, it flew around for several minutes and then turned towards the beach but before it got close a large flock of birds came up on the far side of the sea wall telling me that another fishing boat was coming in and the Iceland Gull turn around and disappeared into the masses of birds. I waited around for a while longer seeing the bird briefly again but it disappeared behind the sea wall. 
Female Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula).
I gave in waiting for it to come into the beach and we headed off towards Malaga, on the way we called in quickly at a small lake called Laguna de La Barrera on the out skirts of the city where Bob had seen a female Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula) earlier in the day amongst a flock of Common Pochards (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina). In the same area I also saw Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) male.
We went back to the car and then dropped down to the shops in the city where we finished the day off with some shopping before heading back home after a great day.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A bit of birding on the way back from the supermarket.

I popped down to the supermarket in Huétor and on the way back I stopped at the ford over the Arroyo Vilano and sat there for around 25 minutes to see what appeared. Best bird by far was a Moustached Warbler (Carricerin Real / Acrocephalus melanopogon) which I had first seen back in December but not in between. Again the bird behaved as before, it kept its distance and only showed briefly.
At the same point I saw Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) x3, Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) x5, Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) x3, Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) x18, Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) x1, Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) x5, Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) x4, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) x1, Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) x12, Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) x1, Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) x2, Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) x1, Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) x1, Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) x2, Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) x2, White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) x2, Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) x1, Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) x1 and
Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) x5.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Los Llanos (Antequera), Fuente de Piedra and Campillos area, Malaga Province.

First full day out in 2018.

Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).
With Jayne's brother David and his wife Pauline visiting us I had the chance to go out for a day with visiting photographers (closet BIRDERS 😀😀😀😀) Steve Jones and Kevin Gill from Cornwall.
Whilst I was out side waiting I started my day list off with Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and a Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) up on the wires.
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Steve and Kevin arrived and we headed off west to our first stop at Los Llanos near Antequear where we had a look along the main track and quickly added Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) x5, Calandra Larks (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) x20+, Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) x1, White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) x5, Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and several formations of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) passing over head.
Egyptian Mongoose (Meloncillo / Herpestes ichneumon).
We moved on along the motorway to Laguna de Fuente de Piedra where we parked and had a look at the pools along side the entrance road finding Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), an adult and immature Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and in the air above the pool good numbers of Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and at least 6 House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
Egyptian Mongoose (Meloncillo / Herpestes ichneumon).
We walked across the boardwalk just a short way and saw very little except for Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) and further around towards the mirador a Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) on the far bank. 
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
From the mirador we scanned the main lake seeing more Greater Flamingo's, Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) and we heard a calling Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
Next we went to the main hide over looking the fresh water pools at the back of the centre, there were many of the same species as well as several Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and from the other hide Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) as well as a Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), plenty of Rabbits (Conejo / Oryctolagus cuniculus) and a single Egyptian Mongoose (Meloncillo / Herpestes ichneumon) which sat out amongst the plants at the side of the pool, photo's by Steve Jones.
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
We returned to the car and drove around the western side of the lake adding Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and the first flock of aroud 100 or so Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
We got to the main road and turned towards Campillos calling in briefly at Laguna Dulce but even with water there were not many birds, we did see several more Common Cranes and some Northern Shovelers but nothing else so we movesd on to a nearby Vulture feeding Station were we saw a few Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), another Clouded Yellow, Bath (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice) and Large White (Pieris brassicae), Friar's Cowl (Arisarum vulgare), Andalusian Storksbill (Erodium recorderi), Field marigold (Calendula arvensis) and Broad-leaved Iris (lirio de invierno / Juno / Iris planifolia).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
We dropped back dow to the road again and continued on along the side road to a wooded area where we made our exet stop and found another Dartford Warbler, Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) and Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
We moved on again stopping at Laguna Capacete, bird wise it was quiet and we only found a few Greater Flamingo`s, a pair of calling Ravens (Cuervo / Corvus corax) but more surprisingly we found 2 species of Dragonflies. There were at least 2 male Common Darters (Sympetrum striolatum) and a single male Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) photo's by Steve Jones.
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
We moved down the road and check the smaller Laguna Redonda where we only found 4 Black-winged Stilts but nothing else so we moved on and headed back to Huétor seeing Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) on the way. On the fields we checked out the Irrigation channels on the Mesia side of the area where we got brief fleeting views of a male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) but the light was dropping so we headed back to the house and finished off with the local Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) aon the way.

Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus).
Common Darters (Sympetrum striolatum).
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).

Monday, 29 January 2018

Armilla, Granada and Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

On Juan Pérez Contreras local patch after some info he gave me.

Our electric blanket blew so I popped up to Granada for a new one and called in at a spot near Armilla where Juan had told me he had seen four Dunnocks (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis) at the spot and as they were one of my favourite species down here I wanted to have a look. 
During the 20 or so minutes I was there I saw one and heard another Dunnock in a scrubby field along side the track and in the field and in the surrounding smallholdings I also recorded 2 male Spanish Sparrows (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) along with lots of House  (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) in the same flock.
Other species included Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), several male and female Black Redstarts (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Later in the day I spent a while out on the fields where I drove along the Arroyo Vilano and out on to the fields on either side of the site. The bird species seen included Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) x8, Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) x12, Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) x35, Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) x4, Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) x97, Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaria) x12, Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) x278, Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) x3, Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) x2, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) x1, Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) x21, Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) x1, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) x3, Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) x20+, Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) x1, Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) x1, Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) x4, Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) x3, Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) x5, Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) x1, Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) x1, Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) x8, Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) x11 and then back at the house a flock of 31 Siskin's on the feeders.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

Back down on the fields again.

Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) male.
I managed to slip out down the fields for an hour after calling down to the supermarket, on the way back I called in at the Mesia road irrigation channels finding Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
I then dropped down to the airfield and the railway bridge where I scanned the fields finding Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Skylarks (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) female.
From the bridge I went East along the Arroyo Vilano where I sat on the side of the reed filled stream listening to at least four Water Rails (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) but none of them showed long enough for me to get the camera on it. In the same area I added Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) and Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus).
Back in the garden I counted 28 Siskins (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) which were coming down to the main feeder next to the pool.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A couple of hours on the patch.

Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).
I spent the whole of my time down on the Arroyo Vilano and on the irrigation channels on the Mesia road. During this time I recorded Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Sky (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata),  
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
House (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea),  
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and in the garden several Siskins (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus).

Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).
Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild).
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).