Sunday, 30 December 2012

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

Quick look at the local Patch.

After dropping our son Alan back down to Malaga for his flight back to the UK yesterday to spend the new year with Becky his girl friend I had a couple of hours spare today to have a look around the fields. I started by checking the stunted Almond and Pomegranate trees on the way down to the local bar where I had some cracking views of a small flock of Bramblings (Pizón Real / Fringilla montifringilla) which included a couple of smart looking males. In the same trees there were large numbers of Common Chaffinches (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinches (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serins (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Greenfinches (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Corn Buntings (Triguero / Emberiza calandra). I then went and parked on the track behind the bar and scanned the fields along the river where I added White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita). I then moved on along the river seeing several more Green Sandpipers, Bramblings and adding Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and a female Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus) which was perched on the top of an irrigation channel. The Mesia road fields were the next port of call, along the river I found even more nicely plumaged Bramblings and a male Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) which fed in the reeds which had been flattened in the river. Along here I also found Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra). I then went back via the river fields and added one of the Black-winged Kites (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus) which was perched in a track side fig tree and a very big female Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) which had just taken one of the many feral Pigeons which hang around in the area and was sitting in the middle of a nearby field watching me watching her. I then headed back to the house. During the drive around I saw several Butterflies including Small Whites (Artogeia rapae), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and a Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus).

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