Monday, 11 November 2013

Huétor Fields (the Local Patch), Granada Province.

Second Red Kite in a month.

I set off for a couple of hours down on the local patch and decided to check out a couple of fields that I do not regularly check. It paid off nicely when I spotted a bird sat in a Lucerne field along with loads of Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) which turned out to be a Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus), it had me guessing for a while as it was at distance and half buried in the Lucerne but after a few minutes the bird got up and flew around the area for a while before dropping back into a newly ploughed field nearby. In the same area there 20+ Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), a small group of Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and masses of White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis). I moved on to the usual track along the river and then took the second half of the track down to the railway line, along here I picked up a couple of Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea),a good sized flock of Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) before heading home. 

Photographs: 2x Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus).

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