Sunday, 4 March 2018

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

An hour down on the fields.

Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta).
I managed to slip away for an hour whilst changing a couple of gas cylinders in Huétor, on the way down I made a stop along side a rather fast flowing Arroyo Vilano to the North of the town and almost straight away I picked up the first of three Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) which were new in along with good numbers of Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) about 20 birds, House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) x5, Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) x1 as well as a single Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) which zapped straight up stream.
Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta).
On the margins there were several White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), a single winter plumaged Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Common Moorhen  (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), 11 Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) which few across the Arroyo heading for some trees on the far filed and on some nearby wire lots of Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
I drove along the track and turned towards the railway and spent a few minutes scanning from the bridge adding  a single Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) as it flew west along the railway line, House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), 12x Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and just a little further along the road a Merlin (Esmerejón / Falco columbarius) wizzed cross in front of me and flushed up the Linnets and Meadow Pipits on the model plane airfield.
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
I collected the Gas bottles and then had a quick look on the Loja Lucerne fields where I counted 19 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) but suspect there were quite a few more in the deeper vegetation. The rain then returned so I continued on back to the house where I heard several and saw a male Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus).
Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).

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