Friday, 17 January 2014

El Temple, Granada Province.

A couple of hours birding with Juan Perez.

Jayne and I headed up to Granada to see Juan Perez, on the way up the only species of note was a couple of Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo). Once there Juan and I headed out birding for a couple of hours birding. We started by driving over to a spot near to the Embalse de Bermejalis in the rain, on the way we saw Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus). We stopped on the roadside and scanned a nearby cliff where in the past we had both seen a pair of Eagle Owls (Buho Real / Bubo bubo), after a short while scanning Juan picked up a single bird sheltering on one of the holes on the cliff.
From this spot we headed back towards Granada stopping at an Industrial area on the way where in past winters there had been a small roost of both Hen Harriers (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus) and Short-eared Owls (Buho Campestre / Asio flammeus) but we were out of luck on this evening which did not surprise us to much as it was cold, blowing a hoolie and raining. However we did see lots of Corn Buntings (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis). As it started to go quite dark the temperature dropped even further so we called it a night and headed back to Juan and then home.

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