Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Huétor Fields, Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

A quick flick around the site to see what the rain has done.

Great Spotted Cuckoos (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).
On my way down to the Supermarket I had a quick look around the local patch, on the Mesia side of the area I started the list off with a couple of Great Spotted Cuckoos (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) which were sitting on a ridge in a track side field. Also seen along the irrigation channels and in the fields were Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which was feeding in a flooded Lucerne field along with several Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
On a flooded Asparagus field there were a pair of Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) wading through the thick mud, also in there were several White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), a single Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) and a bit more surprisingly a stunning male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
I drove back west across the area picking up Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) in a small patch of track side reeds, Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and a Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) which was sat in a puddle in the track.
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Next I took the eastern track along side the Arroyo Vilano which after the recent storms was a tad wider which meant the track on the far bank was missing. In the poplar plantation the Hawfinches (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes) were still knocking around in the tops, lower down there were both Common (Urraca / Pica pica) x4 and Iberian / Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) in a flock of around 30 birds, Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and a very vocal Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) which was sat high up in the central trees.
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Along the Arroyo I added Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and just a single Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) which was not surprising as most of the vegetation had been washed away in the floods.
I turned around at the far end of the track and then checked the Juncus field finding the Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla) which was still hanging around as was my second Bluethroat which I had also seen a few days earlier. 
Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
I returned to the road and headed down to the town checking the model aeroplane strip where there were several Meadow Pipits, a small flock of Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) which was flicking through roadside weeds, 5 Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) perched on the caging around the buildings and a female Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) in a small leafless fig tree a few meters further along the track.
Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
After going into town seeing House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), I came back out on the western side of the site seeing just 2 remaining Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), both of which were nice plumaged males, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and a male Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).
I finished off the list whilst driving back to the house with Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) and in the garden Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and 1♂ and 2♀ Siskins (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus).

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