Saturday 15 August 2020

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

A morning out on the patch with some migrants.

As with many of the birds in the fig tree they played hard to get, Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) Female.
I dropped down to the dry Arroyo Vilano to check the local patch, on the way I started the list off with Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was hunting from a road side wire, House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Common Whitethroat (Curruca Zarcera / Sylvia communis).
My first stop was on the side of the track looking across the Arroyo to the large Lucerne fields and whilst I was there I added Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), an immature Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) which was sat in a Fig Tree, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
Common Whitethroat (Curruca Zarcera / Sylvia communis).
I crossed  the road and followed on up the Arroyo to the reed filled section where the irrigation ditches put some water into the dry river bed. Here I could hear a calling Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix), on the far bank amongst the dried off vegetation I found 3 Melodious Warblers (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta) and the only Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) of the morning and flushed a Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus).
Garden Warbler (Curruca Mosquitera / Sylvia borin) another shy species.
I made my way back along the track but parked near one of the Fig Trees opposite a poplar plantation, I could hear Golden Orioles (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) calling from the Poplars and as I sat in the car a female flew into the Fig but stayed at the back of the tree.
Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) immature.
Other birds were passing through the tree including several Common Whitethroats (Curruca Zarcera / Sylvia communis), a couple of Garden Warblers (Curruca Mosquitera / Sylvia borin), a Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) and a female Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs).
Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) immature.
In the fields there was a calling Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) and in the air good numbers of hirudines including some Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), 2 Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and a flyby Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).
I moved over to the Mesia road side of the area where I saw 25 Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) which were following a tractor out on on of the fields and a Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) that was sat on one of the pylons.
Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).
Other species seen here were Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Feral Pigeon (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia) and a Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
I turned around and returned home via the far side of the Arroyo and checked the Lucerne fields adding Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), a Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) which was perched up high on one of the large pylons, a female looking Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Serins (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Bath White (Pontia daplidice) before heading around to the Loja fields.
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Here I found a large roost of Spotless Starlings in a big fig tree as well as Small White (Pieris rapae), Long-tailed (Lampides baeticus) and African Grass Blue (Zizeeia knysna) and back in the garden a mating pair of Epaulet Skimmers (Orthetrum chrysostigma) and lots of Perez's Frogs (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Evening update,  a loop of Huétor added Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) over the fields and down by the river in amongst all the domestic Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser) and Muscovy Ducks (Cairina moschata) the long staying Barnical Goose (Barnacla Cariblanca / Branta leucopsis) was still presant.
I finished the loop and as I drove back towards the house I had a Red-necked Nightjar (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis) fly across the road.

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