Thursday, 2 October 2014

Huetor Fields and Sierra de Loja, Granada Province.

Day two with Jane Wise.

Leucistic Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
We headed out on to the fields along side the Arroyo Vilano where we started the day list off with Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and on a pylonwe picked out a nice female Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus).
Next we checked out the ditches where we had seen the Jack Snipe (Agachadiza Chica / Lymnocriptes minimus) yesterday. We dipped the Jack Snipe but we managed two Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), a single Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Sedge (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) and Cetti's Warblers (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
Leucistic Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
We next went over to the far side of the area where we soon had 65 or more Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) in the scope along with Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Collared Doves (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) including a lucistic bird, Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Later we drove over to Sierra de Loja where we had time before Jane had to catch the train, up near the lower quarry we had good views of Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), 3x Short-toed Eagles (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia). On our way back down the track we had good views of a couple of Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica).
Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae).
From here we went up along the crags and out as far as the Paragliding track, here we found a superb immature Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Northern Wheatear, Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris).
Later I took Jane up to the train station in Loja where we had a couple of Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and several House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) before she got on the train.

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