Sunday, 12 June 2016

Huetor Fields, Granada Province.

A warm afternoons birding with Andy Mountford from the UK.

Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).
Jayne, Andy and I had some lunch on the terrace and then went out on to the fields near Huétor Tajar, from the terrace we saw Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Turtle (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and Collared Doves (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
We moved down on to the fields and checked the area around the Arroyo and at the crossing point and found Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) 3xM, Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) 2xM 1xF and Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) 1xM.
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).
We then took the track North along the Arroyo and soon found Small White (Artogeia rapae), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea), Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), African Grass Blue (Zizeeia knysna), Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Iberian Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus / capensis) and Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). We followed this track for a while and added Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) heard, Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and then a very smart Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) which showed very nicely for the camera.
Our last stop was at the ditches on the Mesia road where we boosted the list with Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).
We returned to the house and had a meal at the house whilst enjoyng a drink, chat and Red-necked Nightjars (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis).

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