Saturday, 3 January 2015

Sierra Nevada and Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A day trying to find a bit of snow amongst the hordes of people.

Jayne, Sue, Sam and I set off up the Sierra to have a snowball fight but we struggled to find any snow at the lower levels. Most of the snow down low around the ski resort was the man made stuff on the runs, eventually we found a patch in a small valley where there was enough for half an hours entertainment for Sam. 
Species seen on the way up and at around 2400 meters included Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Coal Tits (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica) plus a couple of butterfly species, Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).
After calling and having some thing to eat on the way down we headed home, once we were there I dropped back down to the supermarket in Huétor via the fields where I added Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Water (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) and Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) to the day list.

Photographs from the top: Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica), the snowballers, a view of the snow and Sam enjoying his lolly on the way down.

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