Sunday, 18 September 2011

Moraleda Area, Granada Province.

Sunday morning run round.

Jayne and I went for a drive out to the local English car boot sale at Moraleda, except for a chat with John and Jenny Wainwright there was little of interest to see so after a few minutes we were on our way down to see Bernard a friend who was over from the UK working on his house. We had a coffee around at the bar and sorted an evening when we were all free to meet up for a drink.
The last stop of the morning was on an agricultural area nearby where I did half an hours birding. The first bird seen was a cracking Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) which circled overhead before heading off west. Also moving through were lots of Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), along with good numbers of Tawny Pipits (Bisbita campestre / Anthus campestris). I dipped on the Sandgrouse that are usually around but did added Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Spectacled Warbler (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata) and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus).
On the way home we had a look for the first of the expected Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) with out any success. The only birds seen were Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), more Iberian  Magpie and Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) which were raiding one of the roadside fig trees and a male Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus) which flew across the road and disappeared into a hedge.

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