Saturday, 23 December 2017

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A new species for the local patch.

Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla).
On my way back from the supermarket in Huétor I called in to see if the Wrynecks (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla) were still there and with in a minute or two I found the first and the right at the end of the reedy field I found the other 2 in the same bush together where I managed to get a shot of the one bird before it flew along the irrigation channels and into a nearby garden.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Also in the same area I picked up 3 Bluethroats (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), 2♂♂ and a ♀ along with a single skulking Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), both ♂and♀ Common Stonechats (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), several Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) which were moving through the plants on the railway enbankment, Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), 150+ House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and a large mixed group of both Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris) which were sat in nice lines on the wires over the railway line which made t easy to pick out the spotty one.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
I moved on back along to the Arroyo Vilano and scanned the reedbeds where I found good numbers of Common Moorhens (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and then the surprise, I had seen a warbler in the far bank of reeds a couple of times but only the tail end and briefly but the third view was much better but brief again, however this time I did get to see that it was a stunning Moustached Warbler (Carricerin Real / Acrocephalus melanopogon) but unfortunately it did not stick around long enough for the camera. 
House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
In the same area I saw Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), 40+ Iberian / Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus).
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
 I drove out to the Bustard fields again seeing the Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was sat in the same tree on the same branch but this morning it was too cold to even bother unfluffing to look at me as I took its picture.
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
On the Bustard field there were Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) but due to the fog I could only see around 20 or so birds along with several Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and a couple of Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaria), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), quite a few Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and in the Asparagus field on the opposite there were at least 4 calling Dartford Warblers (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) a couple of which came up on to the tops.
Common Moorhens (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
I headed back to the house seeing some Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) on the way and in the garden I added Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos).

Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).

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