Friday, 11 December 2009

Villanueva Mesia and El Turro areas, Granada Province

Another mornings Atlas work.

The morning started misty and damp but as I approached the start of the area to be worked the visibility improved and I was able to start. I had 8 fifteen minute itineraries to complete, five in the area around the village of Villanueva Mesia and three near El Turro. Along the Rio Genil where it is joined by the Rio Cacín Several Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), 30+ Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), a single Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and a few Cetti's Warblers (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) were counted. Out on the fields Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Meadow Pipit (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Robin (Petirrrojo / Erithacus rubecula), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) were the commonest species, they were also joined by a couple of Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricapilla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and a male Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
The next two sections were along the wooded banks of the Rio Cacín, Both Great Spotted (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and Green Woodpeckers (Pito Real / Picus viridis) were heard the former was drumming regularly. Also picked up here were more Azure-winged Magpies About 50, Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotraustes), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus), Great Tit (Carbonero Común / Parus major), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
Later I went to complete the three itineraries near El Turro, here I added Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Blue Rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Miliaria calandra) and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falcotinnunculus).
Photographs from the top: White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).

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