Monday, 6 January 2014

Huétor Fields, Granada Wildlife.

A double visit to the local patch.

The first visit was partly to do some birding but also to meet up with a Spanish birder and photographer called Manuel Cayuela Lopez who was visitng the are area from Zaragoza in Northern Spain. Manuel was photographing the Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) first thing so I did some birding first, I started along the Arroya Vilano and soon had Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), White  Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) on the list.I then crossed over to the far side of the Rio and followed the track down to the railway bridge, along here I added Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
I then moved around passed the Curlew field where I could see Manuel doing his photography and a considerable number of  Stone Curlews.
A little late we met at the bar at the bottom of our road and had a couple of coffees ove a good chat and scan through Manuels photo's. There were some fantastic pictures some of which he had taken that morning but many others he had from past trips. After some time we left the bar and had a quick look at the Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) before I had to head back home and Manuel headed of on another venture.
Later in the day Juan Perez came over to our housewe went birding for a while. We started down on the river again where we scanned the fields looking for the Stock Doves (Paloma Zurita / Columba oenas) that I had seen a few day's earlier but with out any success, we did however see Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), both Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulg aris), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua),  Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and many of the species I saw this morning. We moved on around to the town and walked along a short footpath which runs out to the railway from the town after Manuel had said he had seen a couple of Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) here a few days ago. Almost as soon as we started we located a nice male and during the walk we had two more birds at least. From the track we saw lots of Stone Curlews  which were roosting in the same area that Manuel had been taking his photographs. From here we went and had a look at the Little Bustards and then returned to the Stock Dove area to give it another try but dipped again, we did see a nice flock of 40 or so Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaria) before heading back to the house. 

Photographs from the top: Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) x2 and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).

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