Thursday, 14 March 2013

Balsa de Regidor, Granada Province.

Just the one year tick but a smart little bird.

Jayne and I called in at the small lake which is just North of the A92 near Moraleda. We parked and started to picked through of Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and quickly located several Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) for another year tick. They are cracking little birds and are for some reason always the last of the four migratory hirundines I see which is the exact opposite to how it usused to be in the UK with Sand Martins arriving days earlier than the others.
Out on the water there were good numbers of wildfowl including around 35 Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), 5+ Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), 2x Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and a couple of Little Grebes (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis). In the nearby trees there were several Common Chaffinches (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
Other species seen included Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).

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