Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Rio Genil, Padul and Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

Scrapyards and birding.

Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra).
Jayne and I went up into Granada calling at a couple of Scrapyards on the way looking for but failing to find a few small parts for the car before I dropped Jayne off in the centre and then continued on up to the Rio Genil nearby. I parked on the roadside and then walked out to the sluice gates and scanned the river up and down stream and then did a loop walk up stream and then back to the car. During the stroll I had views of Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tits (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Later I visited a couple more Scrapyards near Padul but came away with nothing again so I continued on down to the "reserve" ???? at Padul But little had changed since my last visit, except maybe the canal was even smellier, there was more rubbish about and the vegetation blocking the views from all the hides was even taller, very sad. On a more positive note there were good numbers of Water Rails (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) which were seen and heard, as well as Water Pipits (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and a fresh looking Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
I gave up trying to see anything from the hides and the smell was no joke so I went back into the city and met Jayne before going and having some lunch and doing some more shopping and then heading home. 
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
On the way to the house we crossed the fields at Huétor and picked up Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaria), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus).

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