Friday, 3 March 2017

Huétor Fields and Padul Wetlands, Granada Province.

A quick look at the Rio Vilano and later back to the smelly reserve.

Two young Common Moorhens (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
I popped down to the ford over the Rio Vilano to check on the young Common Moorhens (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) I had seen a few days earlier, I was pleased to find not the two but four in all and they were all looking fine. I also had a Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) and several Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
Another young Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
Later I dropped Jayne at the Sierra Nevada shopping and I went down to Padul, I arrived at the smelly channel to find that it had been dug out but the water flowing in was still minging so it appears the work done was fairly pointless. 
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
Anyway I had a look around and walked down to the hide at the end of the trail seeing Water Pipits (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), a male Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common MoorhenCommon Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla). 
Southern Water Vole (Rata topera / Arvicola sapidus).
After seeing nothing except for reeds from the hide I retraced my way back and further around the board walk to the next much cleaner river where I spent the next two hours watching some Southern Water Voles (Rata topera / Arvicola sapidus) collecting reed leaves for their nest linings. 
Southern Water Vole (Rata topera / Arvicola sapidus).
Whilst there I also saw Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and a Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura) which crossed the steam but to quickly for the camera.

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