Friday, 25 January 2013

El Temple, Granada Province.

Were has the Sun gone !!!!!

Short-eared Owl (Búho Campestre / Asio flammeus).
Jayne and I went up to Granada to see Juan Perez and Beatriz for our weekly language meeting, on the way up went across the fields where we had a quick scan across the river and picked up at least 4 Stock Doves (Paloma Zurita / Columba oenas), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), 100+  Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and 40 odd Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia).
We continued on up to Granada and whilst Jayne and Beatriz started on the English part of the afternoon Juan and I headed out to El Temple for some birding. When I had arrived at Juan's the weather was not to good but by the time we got to the birding site it was down right dismal but being the roughty tuffty birders that we are we stuck it out and at times the visibility came up from absolutely dismal to just dam awful which gave us the chance of seeing a few species. 
Short-eared Owl (Búho Campestre / Asio flammeus).
The first species seen were Corn Buntings (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) which seemed to be singing from every stick, tree, bush and fence post, Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros). Then we picked up a female Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus) which passed distantly off to the west and almost at the same moment a very pale Short-eared Owl (Búho Campestre / Asio flammeus) got up out of the rough ground behind us and spent the next hour or so showing from posts or quartering the scrub land. We stayed until just before dusk but we did not see anything else of interest as the weather just kept getting worse.

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