Friday 5 April 2013

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

The flooded fields continue to be productive.

I had a run down to Huétor during the morning and called in at the flooded fields on the way, straight away I could hear at least three different calling Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla) calling from in the nearby poplar woodland. Out on the flooded fields I had soon located 9x Common Redshanks (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), 2x Greenshanks (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), 1x Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), 4x Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), 7x Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and 9x Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Later I went down the track a little further and had a look at some flooded Lucerne meadows where there were loads of Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae). Also in this area I recorded 8x European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis).
On my way back towards the house I stopped a couple of time along the Rio Vilano, in this area I picked up Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and another couple of migrants, a female Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe) and a nice bright Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus). On my way back I could hear a couple of Natterjack Toads (Sapo Corredor / Bufo calamita) calling from a wet area in the Olives.
Later in the day I took Yogi a friends dog who was staying with us for a few days for a walk up the road amongst the Olives, during the hour or so we were out I saw several Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), a calling Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).
Later on in the afternoon Juan Perez and Beatriz came over for our weekly lessons, Juan and I went out birding for a while and dispite the heavy rain storms that passed throught regularly we saw some interesting birds including 3x Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola) on the floods which were a new year tick for Juan, a very nice male Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) which was a new species for my local patch, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and good numbers of Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus). In the end we had to admit that the rain was going to win and headed back to our house.

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