A days guiding with Andy and Naomi from Nottingham UK.
|Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).|
The birds were quiet but we guessed that could be put down to the change in the weather from fine to wet and cool. Just as we reached the first site we picked up a regular Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was sat out even in the dull conditions getting some air and a little further along the road a flock of around 10 or so Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) gave us a nice start. Once we were out on the fields we picked up Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and up near the disued Cortijo a single distant flying Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) which was a new species for Naomi and Andy but we did not get great views so I was pleased later when we had much better views of three birds.
|White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).|
From here we dropped down in to the valley and stopped at a couple of spots in the woodlands along side the Rio Cacin. Birds included Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Mistle (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Song Thrushes (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala). From the bridge we also saw a single Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), several Small (Artogeia rapae), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Bath Whites (Pontia daplidice) which I was pleased with as the conditions for any flying insects were not good.
We continued on up to the lake and scanned the water where we picked up Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) but they were only heard.Other species here included an unexpected party of 5 Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) which were feeding up before moving through a little later than exected, several Rock Sparrows (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) on the wires along with Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and a Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus) which flew up from the road side. Also on the wire we added Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) to the slowly growing day list.
|Andy getting a shot of a Bath White.|
|Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).|
We returned to Cacín and started to make our way back up the valley but not before having to make a stop to check out a raptor on a pylon, it turned out to be just a Buzzard but a bird with lots of white in its plumage making it look very odd. Our next stop was at the crags below Moraleda where we scanned the cliffs and soon added Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius) to the list with at least 4 males being seen around the arera along with a single female Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica).
|Naomi at Balsa de Rigedor.|
|Andy watching a male Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii).|
Thanks Naomi and Andy for supporting GRANADA WILDLIFE by spending a day out in this wonderful countryside.