Friday 19 January 2018

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

An hour down on the Mesia side of the patch.

Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs).
At about 15:00 I slipped away for an hour down on the patch to see what was arond on the eastern side of the site. I headed out to the bar at the bottom of the road seeing the regular Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) on it's usual perch in a small walnut tree, several Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) which flew across the road through the Olive trees and some Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) which were rooting around in a roadside Lucerne field.
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
On the river I stopped at the ford and scanned the reeds in the water picking up Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Meadow (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and Water Pipits (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and a very smart male Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris).
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
A little further along the Northern bank I stopped and scanned the fields and the river again seeing a single Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), a mixed flock Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) up on the wires and at the far end of this bank just before I moved away from the river Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), on my way out towards the Mesia road side of the site several Western Cattle Egrets and the largest group of Ravens (Cuervo / Corvus corax) I have ever had on the patch totaling 13 birds in to close groups.
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
Down at the site just of the Mesia roads I parked and checked the burnt off reedbed area and soon found a single Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla), 2x male Bluethroats (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), a group of around 16 Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), a single low flying Jack Snipe (Agachadiza Chica / Lymnocriptes minimus) which ditched into a Garlic field after I flushed it up and on the other side of the irrigation canals a flock of 110 or so Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), 20+ Skylarks (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and another male and two female Bluethroats
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
On my way back to the house I followed the river on the opposite side to earlier and added Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and a Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) sat in a roadside tree.
Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus).
Back at the house there were a good number of Siskins feeding on the seeds and feeders, several more Blackcaps and a pair of Great Tit fighting with the Siskin's for the Sunflower Seeds. 
Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) male.

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