Monday, 16 April 2012

Huétor Tajár, Granada Province.

Migration in full swing.

On our way to and back from our local graden centre (still replacing plants killed by the cold winter) there were signs that the summer visitors to Europe were on the move. At a small pool on the side of the A92 there were huge numbers of hirundines and swifts feeding before moving on north, they included House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) along with loads of Pallid (Vencejo Pálido / Apus pallidus) and a few Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) but I have still not managed to catch up with any Alpines (Vencejo Real / Apus melba). On the way home we were making our way along the Northern part of the town where we picked up 3 White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) which were searching hard for a thermal to try and get some height to continue their journey. These birds were probably just starting the days flight after being downed by the very heavy rain of the previous day and night.

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