Saturday, 20 April 2019

Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A couple of hours checking the Fields for migrants.

Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
I dropped down to the very local patch and started by crossing the Arroyo at the ford making a quick stop there seeing the regular pair of Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), as well as several bathing House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinches (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).
Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
Down on the river bed I also had Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) and a Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
Up on the far bank I counted the 3 pairs of Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) which were displaying and nest building by collecting branches and twigs from the nearby Olive groves.
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
Along the bank I also added Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), 2 Alpine Swifts (Vencejo Real / Apus melba), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), a Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) which was sat on a nearby Pylon and it watched on as 2 Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) tried to cross the Montagu's Harriers air space but all 6 Harriers were up and soon saw them off.
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
As I drove towards the Mesia end of the site I had a nice male Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra) which was sat up on a chainlink fence with 2 Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
I parked near the Irrigation channels and then had a walk on the fields oposite seeing Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
My next stop was along the eastern end of the Arroyo but on the way I picked up two different migrating Common Whitethroats (Curruca Zarcera / Sylvia communis). 
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Along the track to the railway I added Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and a calling Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus). 
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
During my drive round I also saw Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Small White (Pieris rapae) and Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).

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