Saturday, 16 March 2013

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A Spanish Lifer and another local patch tick.

Egyptian Goose (Ganso del Nilo / Alopochen aegyptiaca).
I made my way down to the flooded fields Juan Perez and I scanned the evening before to find even more waders there along with a group of four Egyptian Geese (Ganso del Nilo / Alopochen aegyptiaca) which were the first I had seen in Spain, they were probably the same birds which have been reported on and off for a while from Embalse de Bermijalis. On the muddy margins there were at least 22 Green (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and 2 Common Sandpipers (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), a single Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), a Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) which was a local tick, 2x Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), 15 or so Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and 5 Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Egyptian Goose (Ganso del Nilo / Alopochen aegyptiaca).
On the way back I picked up a few more bits including Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Common Magpies (Urraca / Pica pica), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).

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