Friday, 11 December 2020

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

A couple hours sat in the car watching the Arroyo.

Common / Garden Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus).
I parked down by the Arroyo but sat in the car for almost 2 hours birding as the weather was pretty horrendous, heavy rain and high winds.
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
I was hoping for the Common / Garden Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus) again after getting views yesterday, it did appear but just for around 20 seconds when It came up into the same tree, called twice and the went for cover.
One or two Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
In the same area I also recorded Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) x13, Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) x120+ and many more later after finishing the Eird list, Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) x2, Grey (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
A few more Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
The rain just kept coming so I just sat there seeing Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea),Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) x1, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) x1, Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) x2, Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) x2, Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
and even more Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
It eventually stopped raining for a while so I had a walk down to the plantation but did not add much except for Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia) x57, Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) x 74, Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
The rain returned just as I reached the furthest point in the walk and I was just a bit soaked to the skin by the time I got back to the car.

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