Thursday, 29 June 2017

Undisclosed site, Granada Province.

Cream-coloured Coursers (corredor Sahariano / Cursorius cursor) another check up.

Cream-coloured Coursers (corredor Sahariano / Cursorius cursor).
I drove out to the site to see if the birds were still on site, on the way  found Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
On site I found the Cream-coloured Coursers (corredor Sahariano / Cursorius cursor) were still there and the numbers were up to 6 as the one pair had hatched a couple of young birds since I was there last. 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis).
In the same area I had Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Greater Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Thekla (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Calandra Larks (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) x50+, Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), almost as rare as the Coursers in the area a pair of Carrion Crows (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) x3, Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Woodchat (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) and Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and on the way out of the site a hunting Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos).

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