Friday, 25 May 2018

Dehesa del Generalife, Granada Province.

An evening of watching and listening to Nocturnal birds.

Juan, Chika amd Myself looking out over the City of Granada taken by Beatriz.
I had a great evening with Jayne and good friends Juan Pérez Contreras, his wife Beatriz and their dog Chika up in the woodlands above the Alhambra. Once we were up there we had a evening picnic at one of the tables seeing and hearing Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).
Chika waiting for my apple core.
Dusk fell and almost straight away we were hearing the first of 5 Scop's Owls (Autillo Europeo / Otus scops) calling down in the valley below us along with Little Owls (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) x3. Next came the firsts of 4 Red-necked Nightjars (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis), closely followed by a calling European Nightjar (Chotacabras Europeo / Caprimulgus europaeus) which was a Granada Province tick for me. Later we had good views of a second European Nightjar which flew around us calling in flight and we heard 2 Eagle Owls (Buho Real / Bubo bubo) on the crags below us. We finished off the evening with some stunning night time views over the city.

1 comment:

Andrew Mountford said...

Envious. Never managed when I was in Granada. I should have tried harder!