Thursday, 15 October 2009

Another trip to the local shops, Granada Province.

Little Bustards and other new winter arrivals.

On the way back from Huetor Tajar I took the cross country route and immediately found the missing Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) flock, now 105+ birds on a lucerne field along with 28 Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and 5 Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia). Several Crested Larks (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata) were calling in the area and the last few Iberian Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava) were around. Along the river several White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), a Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and a flock of 70+ Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) were seen. I then drove over to the area where the Bustards are usually seen just to confirm that the flock had not spilt. There were no Bustards but large numbers of Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra) were perched up in the Lucerne (50+) and a small flock of Meadow Pipits (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis) flew in calling.
Photographs from the top: Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis).

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