Sunday, 26 March 2017

Fuente de Piedra, Teba Cliffs, Malaga Province and travelling to Vejer del la Frontera, Cadiz Province.

A mornings birding around the salt lake, lunch time pick up at Malaga and birding to Vejer.
Kate and Jim McCusker, Day one.

Garganey (Cerceta Carretona / Anas querquedula).
I started the day off at Fuente de Piedra checking the pool on the entrance road where I got the day list off with Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata) and a couple of distant calling Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus).
Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).
I parked the car and the had a look at the pools near the boardwalk where I found Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Sedge Warblers (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and over head several noisy Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
I walked on and checked the next pool on my way to the mirador, on the pool I found two pairs of Garganey (Cerceta Carretona / Anas querquedula), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) x2, Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), a Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa) x1, Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) x3,
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula).
Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola).
I next went up to the Mirador overlooking the main salt lake and scanned the Greater Flamingo flock hoping for Lesser Flamingo (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor) but with the bins it was not possible to be sure if I was seeing one or not so I gave in and went around to the hide over looking the large pool and found White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Red-crested (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) and Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and lots of Rabbits (Conejo / Oryctolagus cuniculus).
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
I made my way back to the car along the same route adding Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) on the way.
I got the scope out and went back to the mirador the quick way via the visitors center steps seeing a couple of spikes of Yellow Bee Orchid (Orquídea Abejera / Ophrys lutea) on the way and as soon as I scanned the flock I found the first of three Lesser Flamingo's which were mixed in with the masses of Greater's.
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
Again I returned to the car and started to work around the western side of the site and near a stream which passed under the road and into the main laguna I stopped and found Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
 Further round I stopped again seeing Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax) x2, Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus), Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris).
I again moved on but soon stopped again at the raptor watch point on the Teba road where I quickly recorded large numbers (50+) Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), a pair of Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus), Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) between me and the cliff tops and distantly on the Res behind me I could see Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) and Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
My next stop was at Malaga Airport where I meet Kate and Jim before heading out to Zapata where I was shocked to see the changes made by resent fllods.On a new pool at the side of the track we had a few Little Ringed Plovers, a fly over Short-toed Eagle and some noisy Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) before moving down to the river where the ford had used to be but it was so damaged it was not possible to cross any more, however we did see a male Vagrant Emperor (Emperatriz emigrante / Anax ephippiger), White and Yellow Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Black-winged Stilt, Serin, Goldfinch, Moorhen, Crested Lark, House Sparrow and Greenfinch.
Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus).
Once We had had some food on site we hit the motorways and headed straight towards Vejer de la Frontera and to the Hotel El Paso just below the town, a nice place that I enjoy staying at. On the way we made a stop in a roadside gate way amongst some Cork Oaks (Quercus suber) where we had 3 more Short-toed Eagles, Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) and a very smart Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina). We again continued on and added Pheasant (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and on a carcas of a cow a couple of Griffon Vultures and a circling Egyptian (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus).
We went and booked in at the hotel and made our way out for something to eat in Barbate but as we drove there we saw the nesting Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita) on the cliffs along with Jackdaws and a couple of Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris).

Friday, 24 March 2017

Padul Wetland, Granada Province.

The second Crake of the year and a few more year ticks.

Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
After getting some info from Juan Pérez Contreras and the web site Cuaderno de campo "Aves granadinas" I visited Padul in the hope of seeing one of two Spotted Crakes (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana) reported there and the first one was on the year list within 2 minutes of arriving.
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
Except for a walk around to an area of willows and wet reed beds nearby I sat on the bank of the pool and watched this stunning little bird for the next 3.5 hours and heard another calling close by in the reeds. In the same area I also picked up Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Sedge (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and a singing
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) M & F, Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) x8, Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), a nicely plumaged male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
After a while another couple of birder showed up and after getting them on to the Crake I went for a walk around to the willows nearby where heard a calling Iberian Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Ibérico / Phylloscopus brehmii) as well as several Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
I walked back to the spot for the Crakes and had another half an hour watching it and then walked back to the car just as the snow arrived, as I passed along the stream I added Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea). In the same area I saw Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and Southern Water Vole (Rata topera / Arvicola sapidus).
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
I then went back to the Sierra Nevada shopping centre where Jayne and I had lunch before buying a few bits and pieces before heading home. Thanks to Juan for the info about the Crake as I enjoyed this bird very much.

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).