Friday, 25 December 2020

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Christmas morning walk.
 
Common (Urraca / Pica pica) x3 and Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) x12.

This morning was as many mornings are at the moment I was awake at 05:30 and up at 06:00, so after getting the jobs done I was out on the fields for a walk, right by the car there was a group of Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) along with 3 Common Magpies (Urraca / Pica pica), a flight of 8 Mallards (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) x8 and out on the Lucerne fields along with Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) x1 and Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) x28.
Hazy early sun.

Along the Arroyo I heard a Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) x250, Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia) x13, Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) x200 or so, Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) x6, the first of 3 Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and lots of Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) around 130 sat up on the wires.
Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).

I continued on through the fields finding Feral Pigeon (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax) x3, Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
A foggy morning by the Plantation.
I reached the Poplar plantation where I added Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and Great Tits (Carbonera Común / Parus major). 
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
I walked back towards the car and along the bank above the Arroyo I had a Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and a couple of Common Kestrels (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus). I reached the car and then went back to the house.
Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus).

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