Sunday 15 November 2020

Huétor Fields and at home near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

A mornings stroll on the fields and an afternoon in the hide.

Sierra de Loja peeping out from behind the fog curtain.
I got a few bits done whilst it was foggy and damp but later I went for a walk around the part of the fields that are in the Loja area, not a large patch but from a hump I can see a large area of the Huétor area as well.
A row of Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) on the wires.
On my way down I saw a female Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), the first of many Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Goldfinches (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serins (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
I parked and put my mask on and went for a walk, in amongst the Asparagus fields I had Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), lots of Black Redstarts (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and masses of White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
I walked up the field edges towards La Farica and scanned the Huétor Fields from a high point, in the fig trees between me and the fields there were lots of
Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), 2 male Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla).
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Out on the fields there were a couple of Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) hunting in the Lucerne, flocks of Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
I continued on around the edge of the village and then across the fields again back to the car, on the way adding Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), a passing flock of 25 Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and just as I was leaving 3 Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) which flew off up towards Montifrio.
Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).

Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).
drove back home seeing two Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) circling the house and then after some lunch I went into the hide in the garden but it was hard going as there were so many cats around everything just kept flushing up, the problem is that we have a crazy cat woman next door who feeds all the strays that arrive which then breed and we have now reached a point where they are becoming a big problem. A solution will come I am sure !!!!!
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) male.

Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) female.

Anyway I did get Robin, House Sparrow,
Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Blackcap.
Around the pool I also had several Small Whites (Pieris rapae), a male Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum) and lots of Perez's Frogs (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).

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