Sunday, 18 October 2009

Balsa de Regidor, Moraleda de Zafayona and Riofrio, Granada Province.

We started the day by visiting the Car boot sale at Moraleda de Zafayona, not something we do very often but we needed a couple of things. On the way back we stopped at the man made lake on the side of the A92 called Balsa de Regidor. The main reason was to see if there were any late flying Dragonflies but the simple anwser to that was NO. On the lake there were several Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) and Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus). A single Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) X4 and Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) X10+ were all seen perched on the many large logs around the margins. Other birds seen included Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Grey (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula). In the afternoon wewent to the small village of Riofrio for a walk along the river along with a great many other people. Here we saw Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricapilla).
Photographs from the top: Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus) and Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).

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