Friday, 24 February 2017

Huétor Fields and the Cacín Valley, Granada Province.

A day on the Patch with Dominique and Bruce.

Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
I met Dominique and Bruce at the Cortijo de Tajar before we headed out on to the fields North of the town and soon started the list off with Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius). 
Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
We moved out on to the central fields and along the Arroyo Vilano where we found over 30 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Tree (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) and House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Water (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) and Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), White and Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Blackbird, Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus).
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).
We moved on to the Almond Groves and fields near to Moraleda seeing Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / O. forestieri) on the way and in the Almonds we spent some time searching for Great Spotted Cuckoos (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius), we soon found several calling birds which we had nice views of and Bruce got some shots of. In the same area and out on the larger fields Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and Skylarks (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis).
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).
We stopped for lunch in El Turro and then drove right down the valley in to the gorge where we had a pair of Bonelli's Eagles (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus) as well as Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
We retraced our way back up the valley to the Embalse de Cacín where we had 16+ Common Pochards (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), 4 Eurasian Teals (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), 21+ Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Mallard, Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Cetti's Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis) as well as lots of Barn and Red-rumped Swallow, House and Crag Martins.
Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus).
On our way back to the Hotel we crossed the ridge towards Ventas de Huelam and the back towards Moraleda across the fields part of the way, things were quiet but we did added Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica).

The shots below were all taken by Bruce during the day tour.
Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae).
Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).
Great Spotted Cuckoos (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).
Great Spotted Cuckoos (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).

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