Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Huetor Tajar, Granada Province.

On the way back from the shopping.

I popped down to the Supermarket in Huetor and decided to cut across the fields on the return journey. A couple of the lucerne fields were being flooded and had attracted large numbers of passage Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava) of all ages and of several subspecies. Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and a single Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) were also feeding on the many insects and animals flushed out by the water. Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer Domesticus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and a single female Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) were all in the same area. Several Lesser Emperors (Anax parthenope) and Red-veined Darts (Sympetrum fonscolombii) were flying around the weedy edges along with a single Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum tarraconesis). On a track just before the house several African Grass Blues, (Zizeeia knysna), Long-tailed Blues, (Lampides boeticus) and a single Mediterranean Skipper, (Gegenes nostrodamus) were all seen on a small patch of Lucerne. Photographs from the top: Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava), Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), Mediterranean Skipper, (Gegenes nostrodamus) and African Grass Blues, (Zizeeia knysna).

No comments: