Friday, 13 December 2013

Salina's, Malaga Province and Riofrio, Granada Province.

A few hours of localish birding.

Jayne and I drove out to the Hotel Paloma where the Ladies from the Trabuco Craft group were having their Christmas Lunch and drinks. I dropped Jayne off and went to do a bit of birding at a small pool near by, as soon as I arrived I was pleased to see large numbers of Sparrows and Finches feeding on the dried out Thistle fields. The commonest species was surprisingly Rock Sparrows (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) with over a hundred birds in the flock, closely followed by Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) along with smaller numbers of Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra). On and around the pool I added Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata). After eating my lunch I made my way down to Riofrio and had a look along the river there as I wanted to try and get some shots of Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) but the light was getting really quite bad so the results were not to great. I did get a few and also recorded Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) before heading back to the site near Salina's. Once back here I dug the Cam-sheet out and sat on the side of the track near a small concrete trench and waited to see what would come down to drink, the first species in were White Wagtails and Linnets, quickly followed by Goldfinch and Common Stonechat. Whilst under the sheet I also saw and heard Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos). After a short while it started to rain so I packed in and went and waited at the hotel for Jayne before heading home. 

Photographs from the top: Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), 2x Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).

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