Friday, 11 November 2016

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A couple of hours on the local patch with a good local rarity.

I dropped down to the fields for a couple of hours with the bins and camera, I started along the Rio Vilano at the ford and then followed it down to the railway bridge. At the ford and on the field section I started the list off with Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulg aris), White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).
On the way off this site I stopped by some Walnut trees and spent some time photographing some birds as they flew in and during the time there I was very pleased to see a locally rare Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis) as well as Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus). 
After a while I moved on around to the Mesia road where I checked the ditches and what remained of the pool and soon found Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) and Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
I drove around to the fields on the central stripe and very quickly did a count of the Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) and quickly reached 475 birds along with 58 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and surprisingly 2x Northern Wheatears (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe).

Photographs from the top: 2x Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), 2x House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and the closest of the Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus).

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