Monday, 4 March 2013

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A couple of hours on the local patch.

I started off in the Olives around the house where I soon had a nice flock of Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) just over the barranco and lots of other species singing in a brief splash of sunshine including Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major). I then continued down the hill, passed the bar and out onto the fields where I immediatly added Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor). On the shingle islandat tha back of the bar there was a single Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and a couple Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus). I then went along the track to the tarmac road from Huetor and the back on to the riverside track again a little further along, I located a couple of Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) low over the water and a Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) which was skulking around in some rotting reeds. A Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) was calling noisily from in a nearby Poplar plantation where there were also dozens of Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) resting in the top branches and lower down in the reeds there were still good numbers of Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), a Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and a nice Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) which was just starting to show signs of it's summer plumage. I continued on along the track but found it to be a bit muddy but I got through and at the far end near the railway bridge I added a second Water Pipit to the list along with Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallingao gallinago), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and a group of Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) which were perched in a leafless Fig tree preening after bathing in the river which gave me the chance to get the camera on them. I turned around and headed back to the road and then headed down towards Huétor, I parked on the bridge and scanned the fields from the raised point. From here I picked up just three Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) one of the birds was a cracking male and he was displaying franticly to the two females that remained in the area. The bustards usually move off for the summer, scattering around the area to breed but these birds are looking quite settled but it is unlikly that they will stay as the fields are to small and busy. But I am lucky that I do not need to go far to see them in the summer in their full spender. Also seen in this area I also foundmore Meadow Pipits, Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla). I moved on around to the garage on the far side of the site where I finished off by finding a dozen or so Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) and a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was sat on a nearby roof top. During the trip around the site I saw several Bath (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice) and Small Whites (Artogeia rapae), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus F lyllus), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea) and a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).
Photographs: 2x male Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).

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