Saturday, 5 December 2020

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Some new arrivals.
 
Sierra Parapanda with a light fall of snow.
I popped down to the usual area long the Arroyo and then walked out to the plantation, around where I parked I saw the first of the many Goldfinches (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) 100+ during the walk as are all numer from here on, Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) x15 along the Arroyo, Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) x5 and a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which was hunting amongst the Lucerne.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
I walked along the bank of the Arroyo and scanned the fields finding the first
Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia) of the winter on the patch, there were 10 birds mixed in with 12 Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and lots of Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild).
On the same stretch of the walk I found
House (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) both in good numbers, Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) x50+, White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) x90+ in total and Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) x40+, Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) x24+ and 2x Common Kestrels (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) up on the Pylons.
Sierra de Loja also covered in snow.
As I walked through the Asparagus fields I found
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Iberian (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs).
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia) and lots of Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).

Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia).

In the area around the plantation there was a
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) which was chipping at something then flew off calling, Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and a Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) which flew in and perched.
Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).

I walked back to the car on the same route, as I passed the Lucerne fields a flock of 18
Calandra Larks (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) flew in and landed amongst the Lapwings and Plovers and Corn Buntings (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Sierra Parapanda with a light fall of snow.
Sierra de Loja also covered in snow.

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