Sunday, 1 November 2020

Huétor Fields and the Garden Pool, Granada Province, Spain.

A rarity / escapee on the patch and some commer stuff around the garden pool.
Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus).

After clarifying things about where we can and cannot go with a guy from the Guardia I went for a walk down on the fields and as I got out of the car and I was sorting out my kit I became aware of a loud call coming from the other side of the Arroyo just up from the bar opposite and straight away I knew I knew the call but it took me a few moments to realize I was listening to a singing Common / Garden Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus). I waited and then the bird flew up stream, I followed getting a couple of brief flight views as it disappeared in to trees on its way calling several more time before I lost it. 
Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).

Happy with the ID but wanted a photo to see if there were any signs of captivity so thought I would return during the evening to try again.
Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
I returned to the car seeing Goldfinches (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) on the way. As well as a male Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) and a couple of Migrant Hawkers (Aeshna mixta).
Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
I passed the car and walked out along the Arroyo scanning the fields finding
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and 2 Sparrowhawks (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).
I returned to the car and then drove back up to the house where I had a couple of hours sat in the hide by the garden pool where I got shots of Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Black Redstart, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Grey Wagtail again and lots of Perez's Frogs (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).

Later in the afternoon I went back down on to the fields but did not hear or see any sign of the Bulbul so I went for another walk along the Arroyo but the only new bird of the walk were 5 Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) passing over.
Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).

Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).

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