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.

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). 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.
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 Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus).
A few butterflies came passed as well including Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Small (Artogeia rapae), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Bath Whites (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra) and Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).
After a couple of hours I made my way back towards Trabuco on several tracks adding Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), 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).

Photographs from the top: 3x male Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), 1x female Montagu's Harrier and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica).

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