Thursday, 10 April 2014

Villaneuva del Trabuco area, Malaga Province and Zafarraya road, Granada Province.

A morning talk at the Amiga's de Casa group in Trabuco and then some birding later.

Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
The morning was spent in Trabuco doing a short talk to the ladies group there about the wildlife around their village, later I dropped Jayne at the Craft group meeting nearby and then headed out to a spot nearby. I arrived at an area of agricultural land a few KM from the town where I had in the past seen several pairs of the fantastic Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
I sat at the side of the site in the car and waited to see what happened, straight away a nice male few right along side the car and then later another bird sat on a fence post quite close to me. During the next couple of hours I had some amazing views of this stunning bird, in flight and on the ground, at one point there were at least 4 males and two females in the air displaying.
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
Also seen whilst I was sat there were House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
A few butterflies came passed as well including Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Small (Artogeia rapae), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Bath Whites (Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra) and Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).
Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica).
After a couple of hours I made my way back towards Trabuco on several tracks adding Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix).

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