Saturday, 26 December 2015

Huétor Fields, Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.


A couple of hours checking out the Local Patch.

I drove down to the pools and ditches on the far side of the area and parked on the ditch side edge where I found Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), 30+ Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and lots of Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
I moved back towards the house and made a second stop along side of the Arroyo Vilano where I found a nice male Merlin (Esmerejón / Falco columbarius) sat on a field ridge, Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), 20+ Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), 6 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and several Common Chaffinches (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs). I dropped down to the side of the river near the ford and sat for nearly an hour to see what arrived, as I stopped a Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) flew up but stayed out of range of the camera but more Chiffchaffs came close enough as did a Meadow Pipit and a White Wagtail. Also seen here were Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula). 

Phototgraphs from the top: Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).

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