Saturday, 25 October 2014

Padul Wetlands, Granada Province.

A morning with Padul Ringing Group.

I again dropped Jayne off in the city and went down to Padul where I met up with several ringers and spent the morning seeing some cracking birds in the hand including 3x Penduline Tits (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus) with 2 males and a female being caught, 2x Water Pipits (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), 3x Bluethroats (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), lots of Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus). Whilst we were in the area we also saw a Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula). I also saw African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Small White (Artogeia rapae) and a Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta).
I left after a while and went to the smelly canal where I sat for a while and added Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo). I also saw lots of Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) some trying to ovipost in the sewage water.

Photographs from the top: Male Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus), Immature  Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Female Penduline Tit, Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Water Pipit.

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