Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

Little Bustards are back on the Local Patch.

I drove over to Loja and whilst I was waiting in San Francisco area I had good views of a couple of migrating Short-toed Eagles (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula). 
I met Jane Wise from the UK in Loja and we headed back to the house but on the way we had a look on the fields to the Loja / Western side of the town. We could not locate any of the 50 or so Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) I had seen earlier (probably due to a farmer working close by) but we did see 4+ Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus). Up nearer to the house we had several Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) and as we got out of the car another Short-toed Eagle flew over high. A nice appitiser for the next two days of guiding.

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