Sunday, 31 January 2010

To Huetor and back, Granada Province.

A stroll in the fields.

After we had completed the tasks of the morning Jayne suggested that we should go for a walk down to Huetor and come back across the fields. We set off and were quickly waylaid by the sight of Santiago one of the local Spanish children and a lot of black sausages drying at his grannies house. We continued on down the hill picking up large numbers of Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) and Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricapilla). Out on the fields Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Miliaria calandra), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común) and Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) were all seen in good numbers. As we approached the town and were passing a cropped lettuce field a group of about 70 Stone-curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) flushed up and moved back amongst the dead feathery stalks of the asparagus plants. White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) were also out on the same fields and a group of 20 or so Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) were following a ploughing tractor. We stopped for some lunch at one of the bars and then continued our walk back towards home. The temperature had started to drop so we quickened the pace some what but did pick up Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Cetti’s Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Meadow Pipit (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), many singing Serins (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis).
Photographs from the top: Santiago and the sausages.

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