A quick whizz around the local patch.
Whilst Jayne was doing some baking I decided to go and have a quick look around the fields just down the road and see what was about. I started on the fields just behind the bar near our house and spent quite a while sat there just scanning the pylons and the tree tops looking for one of the two wintering Black-winged Kites (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus) but with out any success, I did however see a couple of Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) one of which has been around for a while and is almost black, Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus) and a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was perched up on the roof of a nearby disused Cortijo. Down on the fields and along the river there were plenty of passerines including loads of White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Meadow Pipits (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer Montanus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), a cracking male Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and on the wires which cross the whole area there must have been around 400 Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) which had come up off the fields when a couple of female Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus) started to quarter the fields. I then dropped down towards the town on the back road and parked on the railway bridge which gave me a nice elevated view of the site, from here I picked out around 150 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) on a nearby Lucerne field, a dozen or so Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) which were lying low in some deep furrows and a single Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) which flew along the railway line. I then move back to my original spot and had one last scan and added Great Tit (Carbonero Común / Parus major), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), a single Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which dropped into a near by ditch and started to pick off what looked like young Iberian Water Frog (Rana Común / Rana Perezi), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Cetti’s Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Robin (Petirrrojo / Erithacus rubecula). On the way back up to the house I had a good few minutes watching and trying to count a flock of Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) that were moving quickly through the Oliver trees near the house by the time I had finished I guessed that there were around 125 birds in this single group.