Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Realenga de Agicampe, Huétor Tajar and Balsa de Regidor, Granada Province, Spain.

Not quite the Straits but still nice to get some visible migration from the Terrace.

Between 11.20 and 13.10, so probably only caught the ones that had got up late.
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).

I sat out on the terrace on the Laptop but made regular scans of the sky and recorded

Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) x1.
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) x1.
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) pale morph x3 dark morph x1.
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) x1.
Honey Buzzard (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus) x33.
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) x1M.

Other species seen included European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).

Later I went to Balsa de Regidor seeing 2x Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) on the way to see what came into the roost and the final totals were

Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) x87.
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) x9 but 8 birds left before dark.
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) x2.
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus) x4.
Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides) x1 which flew from west bank and joined    the roost just before I left.
Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax) x1 adult which flew out of the roost.

Other species included Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) x6, Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) heard, Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Blue / Common (Anax imperator) and Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) both of which were flying when it was nearly dark.

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