Thursday, 7 December 2017

Sierra de Loja and El Jau, Granada Province.

Looking for Thrushes in the Sierra and Barn Owls amongst the Tobacco Barns.

Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata).
I start the list off at the house with Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and on the way out to the Sierra Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
Ring Ouzel (Mirlo Capiblanco / Turdus torquatus).
Once I was up on the Sierra I drove to the far side and on the way I saw Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Ring Ouzel (Mirlo Capiblanco / Turdus torquatus).
Once at the furhtest point I parked on the side of the track amongst the Hawthorn trees and waited to see what appeared, birds that turned up included several Ring Ouzel (Mirlo Capiblanco / Turdus torquatus) x20+, Fieldfare (Zorzal Real / Turdus pilaris) x3, Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Mistle Thrush, Redwing (Zorzal Alirrojo / Turdus illacus), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus). I had a walk up on to the scree slopes above the track looking for some Alpine Accentors (Acentor Alpino / Prunella collaris) that I could hear from the car, once I found the flock I turned up 11 birds but they remained distant and when a Sparrowhawk came in flew up and over the crags.
Fieldfare (Zorzal Real / Turdus pilaris).
After a while I dropped down to a nearby pool where I was surprised to find a Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) along with the first of a few Rock Sparrows (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) and Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) along with a nice male Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius).
Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus).
On my way down the hill I added Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) which sat for the Camera, Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus) and down by the exit a male Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus) which was singing from the top of a small pine tree.
A day time moon from the Sierra.
Later in the day Jayne and I headed Up towards Granada to visit a Chanel exhibition in the city, on the way we stopped off at an area of agricultural lands surrounded by old Tobacco barns looking for Barn Owl (Lechuza Común / Tyto alba) but again I dipped.
Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus).
However I did see quite a few species including Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Corn Bunting, Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Blackbird, Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Black Redstart, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), White Wagtail, Spotless Starling, Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Chiffchaff, Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), House Sparrow and last of all a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which drifted in to a nearby reed bed for the night.
Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
We went up in to the city and had a good time at the exhibition and then had a mooooch around before heading back to Huétor for some food.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

GRANADA WILDLIFE TOUR.

Donana and Extremadura 2018.

This two base tour takes place between the 28th April and the 5th May. There are just two / three places left, so please check out the info page on http://www.granadawildlife.com/extremadura-tour-2018.html

Follow the link below to view the Flickr album from the last trip.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/133738601@N04/albums/72157669798574993

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

Siskins and a few more Siskins.

Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) male.
During a couple of hours in the hide I was pleased to count 18 Siskins (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) coming down to feed on the seed I had put out. Other species visiting the garden were Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes). 

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

Saturday, 2 December 2017

RAM, local beaches, Charca Suarez and Huétor fields, Granada Province.

A mornings birding with Juan Perez and an hour on the Local Patch on the way home.

Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis).
I met Juan Pérez Contreras near Granada and we went down to the usual spot on the coast at Peñón de Jolúcar where we did the sea bird count as usual. On the way there we started the list off with Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Feral Pigeon (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
Out on the point we had good numbers of Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) on the walk up and out at sea Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Great (Págalo Grande / Stercorarius skua) x3 and Arctic Skua (Págalo Parásito / Stercorarius parasiticus) x1, Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and several Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis).
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
Our next stop was slightly to the East along the Playa de Carchuna where we drove to the far end and worked our way back with the sun behind us, as we drove we added Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Thekla Larks (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) x3 and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
Heading back west we stopped at Playa de las Azucenas finding Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) as we walked down towards the beach and in the last stand of reeds there was a group of Red Avadavats (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava) which had flown up from some weeds. Out on the beach amongst the weeds we flushed up Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), the first of several Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) and in one of the streams we found Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and as we walked back added Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and a couple of Zitting Cisticolas (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) which flew up calling. On the bridge just before we reached the car we boosted the list with Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) and a fly over female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Once back at the car we drove to Charca Suarez seeing Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and a Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) which darted across the road and into a bush.
Once we were at Charca we walked out to the new hide over looking the new lagoon, on the way out we saw Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) and Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and once in the hide we picked up Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) and a White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) which walked all the way around the pool and flushed a Jack Snipe (Agachadiza Chica / Lymnocriptes minimus) out from the reeds.
Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio).
We moved around the reserve and checked the hide on the Northern end of Laguna del Taraje where we only added Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) before headng around to the main hide over looking Laguna de las Aneas and before long we picked up Black-necked (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca) x2 or possably 3, a single Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) also seen on the walk around the sight were Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa) and Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis).
Further around the reserve looking over Laguna del Trébol where there were several collared and uncollared Red-knobbed Coots (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata) and a flock of calling Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild). 
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
We walked back to the main hide seeing several Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) on the way and then quickly back to the new hide seeing Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) before finishing off at the hide at the southern end of Laguna del Taraje hearing a squelling Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) and just ten minutes before the reserve was Juan picked up an elusive Moustached Warbler (Carricerin Real / Acrocephalus melanopogon) which dived for cover before I saw it which really P*****ed me off as I needed it for my year list but just a couple of minutes before we had to leave for the exit I picked it up in the same area again and we had brief but good views. This species bought me up to 298 for the year. On the way out of the reserve we added Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and during the drive back we added Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus). I dropped Juan off at home and headed back to Huétor Tajar and as I left the motorway and drove into Mesia I saw a couple of Song Thrushes (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) as they flew across the road and a couple of Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) perched on a roadside wire.
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
Once on the fields to the North of the town of Huétor I finished the day list off with Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), 56 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) and the 95 species for the day, a flock of Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla).

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

A day of much needed rain.

It was great to get some rain at last but wish it had been lighter for a longer period as a great deal of it has just run off and down into the Rio Genil.
The Barranco at the back of the house.
Up Stream on the Barranco.
Down Stream on the Barranco.

Fig leaves after the rain.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Caleta de Velez, Malaga Province.

A few ringed Gulls.

Dark mantled adult unringed Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus).
A very quck visit to the fenced beach at Caleta de Velez near Torre del Mar in Malaga Province where I picked up a few ringed Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), along with an immature Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) with a ring and hundreds of other Gulls and other birds including Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and Black-headed Gulls (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis),  Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus).
Metal ring: Stockholm ...8124865 Colour ring: Blue V.11N
Species: Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Ringing data
Age: Pullus
Date: 01-07-2017
Locality: Nidingen: Ost Rissasten, Kungsbacka, SV44 57.18N-011.54E
Ringer: Nidingens Fågelstation, Andreas Eriksson
Recovery data
28-11-2017 ES65
Mick Richardson
Blue V.11N CALETA DE VÉLEZ: PLAYA W MÁLAGA 36.45N-004.05W
Alive Colour ring read 7 81
Number of recoveries: 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) Originally rung at this site on 12th January 2013, thanks to Jose Sanchez Cordero (Coordinator of the ringing group Luscinia) for the info about this bird.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus).
Arnhem .5513158 Y-P||H Kleine Mantelmeeuw
Age & sexe : pullus
Ringing date : 15-6-2016
Ringing place : Moerdijk (Tetra Pak), Noord-Brabant, NL 5141.00 436.00 E
Ringer : Roland-Jan Buijs
Date Recovery site Remarks Observer
19-7-2017 Boignée (Vuiloverslag), Namur, BELGIE 5.029,00 N 435,00 E colourring read Robin Gailly
7-8-2017 Boignée (Vuiloverslag), Namur, BELGIE 5.029,00 N 435,00 E colourring read Robin Gailly
17-8-2017 Boignée (Vuiloverslag), Namur, BELGIE 5.029,00 N 435,00 E colourring read Robin Gailly
19-11-2017 Málaga (Haven), Málaga, SPANJE 3.643,00 N 425,00 W colourring read Salvador García Barcelona
28-11-2017 Caleta de Vélez (Haven), Málaga, SPANJE 3.645,00 N 404,00 W colourring read Mick Richardson
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) N0H1 not sent in yet but suspect also ring here or in Malaga port.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) R:C6R awating info.
Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

Garden visitors.

Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) female.
Again I spent an hours or so in the hide and managed a few nice shots of some of the regular and common species including Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) at least 8 birds, Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) female.
Other birds seen or heard were Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs).
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) female.
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) male.
Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) male.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) male.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) female.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) female.
Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) female.
Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).