Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Huetor Fields, Granada Province.

A couple of hours on the loacl patch with Juan Perez.

Juan and I headed down onto the fields to see if we could see the Jack Snipe (Agachadiza Chica / Lymnocriptes minimus) again, we arrived at the spot and walked the irrigation channel along side the track and crossed the road to Mesia and checked the continuation of the channel on that side of the road. We saw a single Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), a single Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), lots of Goldfinches (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serins (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), 2x Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), a few Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and just as we turned around a single Alpine Swift (Vencejo Real / Apus melba) did a fly over. We made our way back to the small pools and followed the ditch across the fields but all we saw were 5/6 more Snipe, Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) but no Jack Snipe this time. Back at the car we noticed a good number of hirundines feeding low over a nearby field, the flock included Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia).
From here we had a quick look along the Rio Vilano on the lower stretch and added Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis). We then decided to head back up to the house for a brew.

Photographs from the top: Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and Alpine Swift (Vencejo Real / Apus melba).

2 comments:

stiefbeen said...

prachtig zo,n ruige muur met z,on klein vogeltje.

LojaWldlife said...

De prachtvinken hebben een leuk vinden hier geweest, dit is de eerste kudde in acht jaar.