Saturday, 4 January 2014

Huétor Fields, Balsa de Rigedor and near Moraleda, Granada Province.

A quick flick around a few local sites.

I headed out after lunch for a quick look around the local patch, I started on the fields along side the Rio Vilano where I quickly found a large flock of over 500 Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) roosting on a large ploughed area. On the same area there were several hundred feeding Starlings, most were Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) but there were quite a few Commons (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulg aris) as well. In the same area I recorded Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Feral Pigeon (Columba livia), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and several Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) which flew straight through along the river. I moved on to the far stretch of the river and drove down as far as the railway bridge before turning around and heading back, along this track I added Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
I then drove across country to the small pool on the side of the A92 called Balsa de Rigedor, I first scanned it from the service road and picked up several Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
I moved around to the far side of the pool but the sun was getting low and was just in the wrong place which meant veiwing the pool was almost immpossible so I moved on towards Moraleda but took one of the lower tracks across country, this produced very little but cut off quite a drive. Once I was on the main site I started to check out the fileds but it was also very quiet and the only new species were Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), both Mistle (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Song Thrushes (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
After a while I started off home but again took a different route to normal and ended up way out in the Olive groves but soon found my way back to the main road and back on to the motorway. Once through Huétor I took a loop around the western fields and located a small number of Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), much larger numbers of Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major). 

Pictures from the top: Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) x2 and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).

1 comment:

stiefbeen said...

wel leuk om er een andere site bij te betrekken.