Sunday, 3 July 2016

Cacín Valley, Granada Province.

A mornings birding with Nigel from Australia.

I met Nigel up in the city of Granada at 06:00 as he had to be back at the hotel for 12:00 for a transfer to Morocco so we headed straight out to our first site near Moraleda. Once we were on the fields we quickly found Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis), Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus), Thekla (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Short-toed Larks (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Collared (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
we dropped down off the fields and in to the Pine woodlands along the Rio Cacínwhere we boosted the list with Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) and Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli). A short way down the Rio we saw Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tits (Carbonera Común / Parus major), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus). 
We went just up the road and scanned the Contra-embalse de Bermejalis adding Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) x6, Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Our last area to be visited before we headed back in towards the city was the far end of the Cacín Gorge were we found Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura).
As we headed back to the city we only added Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) to the list. I dropped Nigel off and then headed back home.
Later in the day Jayne and I did a loop of Huétor Tajar, during this walk we had a flock of three Night Herons (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax) flying west along the Rio Genil.

Photographs from the top: 3x Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).

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