Sunday, 18 July 2010

Further along the Rio, Huetor Fields, Granada Province.

Golden Oriole's by the flock!

Today’s walk with the Bear was a little further along the river; we parked and followed one of the many farmer’s tracks. On a small poo
l of water in the now nearly dry river there were a couple of Common Moorhens (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus) scratching around in the mud and a flock of about 10 Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) drinking and bathing. All the way along the track I had been able to hear several male Golden Oriole's (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) calling from the Poplar plantation on the opposite bank of the river. As I got closer five bird flew out of a solitary tree on my side of the river and dispersed into the plantation opposite but a couple of cracking males stayed and showed very well (as they do when you have not got the camera set up) before joining the other birds. A Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla) called several times from the Poplars but remained unseen, other birds included Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido / Apus pallidus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Great Tit (Carbonero Común / Parus major), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica). A little way passed the woodland we crossed the river and walked back towards the car.
Photographs from the top: Yogi and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).

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