Saturday, 16 May 2009

Trip to the Guadix area, Granada Province.

Rollers and Stock Dove.

Andy Mountford and myself set off to a site near Guadix where we picked up at least 8 Rollers (Carraca / Coracias garrulus) at two different sites. Also seen were the first Imm Great Spotted Cuckoo's (Crialo Europeo / Clamator glandarius) of the season, along with Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Black-eared (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica), Northern (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe) and Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) and Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis). Black-belled Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) were heard amongst the Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) Song.
Later in the day we picked up Stock Dove (Paloma Zurita / Columba oenas) at one of it's only sites in Andalucia. Also seen here were Little Grebe (Zapullin Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Common Sandpiper x 4 (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and Common Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra). Out on the pool there was a large Red-eared Terrapin, (Trachemys scripta) basking in the sun, an unwelcome introduction from North America.
Photographs from the top: Rollers (Carraca / Coracias garrulus) and Red-eared Terrapin, (Trachemys scripta).

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