Friday 19 September 2014

Padul Wetlands, La Malaha Fields and Embalse de Cubilla, Granada Province.

Several sites around Granada whilst Jayne and Barb head for the city.

Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
I dropped Jayne and Barb in Granada where they were spending the day shopping whilst I visited a few birding spots nearbystarting at Padul. I parked at the end of the smelly canal and walked out to the hide, on the way I saw a couple of Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) along with Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
In the air over the reeds there were good numbers of feeding Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) and a few Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) all fatterning up for the next leg of their migration. Around the pools and along the channel I heard several Water Rails (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae and a Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus).
Tawny Pipit (Bisbita campestre / Anthus campestris).
I returned to the car and had a drive along the tracks around the reserve and saw several Whinchats (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), a single Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Tawny Pipit (Bisbita campestre / Anthus campestris), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus). On the lake the only new species was a group of three Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo). 
Immature Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
From Padul I headed out in to the fields near the town of La Malaha where I searched fields along several different track. In general things were very quiet but I did see Northern Wheatears (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Thekla  (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and Calandra Larks (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and a pale phased Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Two Little Stints (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
My last stop of the day was at Cubillas, a large area of water to the North of the City where I checked out the Northern shores looking for waders. I soon found a single immature Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), two Little Stints (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), two Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and a Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos). Other species seen were Eurasian Coot, Mallard, 5x Grey Herons, several White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Barn Swallow, Sand Martins and on my way back to the car a Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla).
Later I made my way back to the city and met up with Jayne and Barb and headed home.

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