Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Realenga, Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

Mothing.

8328 Nebula ibericata.
Put the Actinic light out last night but with high winds and just an over night temp of +4 I was not surprised there was not a lot found but there were 1525 Plutella xylostella (Diamond backed Moth) x1, 4245 Cochylimorpha decolorella x1, 8328 Nebula ibericata x2, 9433 Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow) x3, 10343 Agrotis puta (Shuttle Shaped Dart) x2 and one other which is probably another Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow) ????

9433 Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow).
10343 Agrotis puta (Shuttle Shaped Dart).
10343 Agrotis puta (Shuttle Shaped Dart).
9433 Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow)??????

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

Three more year ticks on the local patch bring me up the 200 mark.

Male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
On my way down to the ceramic shop I had a look along the Rio Vilano and the first bird down by the ford was a female Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) which was having a good preen in a Tamarisk bush along side the first of several Sedge Warblers (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) and in a fig tree on the oposite bank there was a small flock of noisy Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus). A little further up stream I found a couple of Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and on one of last years Fennal stems a Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) rattled out its call.
I turned around and followed the North bank down stream and picked up both Yellow (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
Male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
I crossed the road and took the track on the Southern side of the Rio making my way down to the railway line parking a couple of time and checking the reeds but the first year tick a calling Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix) was heard in fields on the far bank. In this area I also recorded 5x Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), a male Bluethroat, two calling Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) way out over the Olive trees and the first Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) of the year.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Charca Suarez, Granada Province and Caleta de Velez and Rio Velez, Malaga Province.

A couple of year ticks at Granada's best wetland.

Male Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca).
Jayne and I set off for the coast of Granada where we were going to met Juan Pérez Contreras, Jayne went off for a walk along the coast and later we worked out that she did nearly 10km on the sand of the Playa Granada before we met up at 12:00. 
Female Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca).
Juan and I went into the reserve and we started with a look out over Laguna del Trebol where we started the list off with Eurasian (Focha Común / Fulica atra) and Red-knobbed Coots (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata) with at least three with out collars and one sat on a nest, Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) the first of many as we saw them from every hide in good numbers, Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
Male Little Crake ( Polluela Bastarda / Porzana parva).
We moved around to the main hide over looking Laguna de las Aneas seeing male and female Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis), Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa) and lots of Yellow flag-iris (Iris pseudacorus).
Male Little Crake ( Polluela Bastarda / Porzana parva).
We next walked around towards the hide over looking the new Laguna, we added Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), a Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) which flew across the pool and dived into the reeds, Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Cetti's Warblers (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca).
Next we were at the hide I had been looking forward to since we arrived which looks over the southern end of Laguna del Taraje and after a short while we were watching the species I had most wanted, a male Little Crake ( Polluela Bastarda / Porzana parva) a stunning little bird which showed well but was on the far side of the pool and dodged continually in and out of the reeds. We also had more European Teal, Sedge Warblers, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), a calling Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra).
After not seeing the crake for a while we decided to go and have another look at the New Laguna but we did not see anything new so I went back to see if the Crake was showing whilst Juan went back around to the main hide.
3x Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus).
Whilst I was in the hide I was amazed to find that the one male Little Crake was feeding in the same spot as earlier but there was a second male off to the right in the reeds. The first male then made a dash for the reeds just to its side and the female which had been seen a few days earlier flew out and around to the back of the poo, quickly followed by the male.
Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Just as I was ringing Juan he turned up and we both managed to see the two males but the female remained elusive. At 12:00 I left Juan to the birds and went out to meet Jayne who had finished her long walk along the beach and we went for Lunch on the sea front at Torre del Mar at one of the beach bars.
Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).
Whilst we were eating we could continually hear Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) and we also had House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and out to sea several Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) amongst the Gulls and a single Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) which flew along the beach.
Later I dropped Jayne at the shopping centre and went down to the port at Caleta de Velez where I scanned through the gulls and found lots of Great Cormorants, Mediterranean Gulls (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) in large numbers and in all sorts of plumages as well as Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis).
Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
After finding nothing else I went for a quick look at the Rio Velez but found that the perverts were more prolific than the birds so it was brief.
Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
Whilst I was there I found several Vagrant Emperors (Emperatriz emigrante / Anax ephippiger) including a male which I photographed in flight. New birds included Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus).
Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
I then picked Jayne up and we made our way back across country via Zafarraya and picked up Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Thekla Larks (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Iberian / Azure-winged (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
Vagrant Emperor (Emperatriz emigrante / Anax ephippiger).
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Trabuco and Rio Guadalhorce, Malaga Province.

A morning in the woods and an afternoon on the beach.

Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater).
I dropped Jayne off at the ladies meeting in Trabuco and then went just up the way in to the hills above the towns into the pine woodlands. I went to a spot I have visited a few times where there is a watering hoe for Goats which attracts birds in for a drink. 
Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater).
Whilst there I found Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus).
Later I picked Jayne up and we dropped down to the coast where I spent a short while at Guadalhorce where I bumped into Andy Patterson and the later had a walk alon the river from the sea watch point. Durng this time I picked up Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), 2x Pied Oystercatchers (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), a Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) with a large caterpillar, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti),
Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica),  2x Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and lots of Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus). We spent the rest of the day shopping, picking up a few bits for jobs on the house before heading home.
Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla).
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).

Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

Another walk back from town.

Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes).
After another drop off at the garage I walked back across the fields, on the way I saw a few nice species including a single male Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and a pair of Hawfinches (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes) which landed in a fig tree near the Rio Vilano. 

Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes).

Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).

Monday, 13 March 2017

PYRENEES TOUR 3rd JUNE to the 10th JUNE 2017.

THERE IS STILL A CHANCE TO JOIN US ON THIS TOUR



Itinerary sorted, Hotels and Minibus booked, now looking forward to heading North on the 2nd June ready for the Pyrenees tour to start on the 3rd. The only strange thing is that all of the guests are travelling up with me from Malaga a day early!! So we will be doing a few bits of birding on our way up to the Zaragoza area where the tour starts the next morning.

Even though things are booked and the tour is already going ahead there is still time for you to join us in this magical area to see some superb birds, orchids, wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and mammals.

More information can be found on this link 
http://www.granadawildlife.com/pyrenees-wildlife-tour-2017.…
and the last trip report can be read here
http://www.granadawildlife.com/pyrenees-trip-report.html





Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A scrap down on the local patch.

Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus).
I spent a few minutes down by the ford over the Rio Vilano, where I again found the singing Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and a couple of Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) having a good scrap in the long grass.
Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus).
Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).
Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild).
Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild).
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).