Monday 16 November 2020

Hacho and Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

A stroll up the hill and down to the fields.
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).

After again getting some painting do in the morning I went out for a while, I drove up to Hacho and parked on the middle parking area and walked around in the pine woods there and sat by a puddle in one of the tracks but all that came down were a couple of Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
As I followed the track I started to hear a daytime calling Tawny Owl (Cárabo Común / Strix aluco) which continued calling for around 20 minutes. I scanned the trees from the track but could not locate the birds so I continued on seeing and hearing Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), a flock of 6 passing Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) male.

(Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tits (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla) and Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus) all moved through the Oaks on the slope in a loose flock. 
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum).
I dropped back down on the upper track to the quarry adding Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), 2 Hoopoes (Abubilla / Upupa epops), a Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), a pair of Common Stonechats (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), a Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus) over head and on the puddle by the car a male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum).
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).
Later in the afternoon I started a walk by going through the Olives at the back of the house and over to the Montifrio Road and then down along the Arroyo which is the Municipal boundary, on one of the old Almonds near the road I found a slightly Tatty Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).
Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
On the way through the Olives I picked up Serin, Goldfinch, Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), lots of Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs).
Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
I reached the Arroyo and then walked down stream towards the ar at the end of the road, on the way adding
Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and at the back of the bar where I popped up on to the far side of the Arroyo to check the Lucerne Fields which were being cut.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) male.

There were good numbers of
Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) following the cutters, there were also plenty of Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), the odd Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and a Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) which flew passed.
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
As I walked back up the road towards the house there were large numbers of Serins, Goldfinches and a few

Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), a female Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica).
Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) following the tractor.

Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) following the tractor.

Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) following the tractor.

Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).

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