Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Another wet visit to the fields.
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
I drove down to the fields in the rain and parked by the swampy patch formed by the leaking Irrigation channel, the first bird I saw was a Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) which was the first I had seen on the patch this winter.
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
In the same pool there was a single Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) and several Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) which were picking around the margins and in the weedy patches suround this pool Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) where feeding.
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).

Further along the irrigation channel I watched
Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), a male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) feeding in amongst the reeds and a pair of Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) sat up higher watching the surroundings.
Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).

Further out on the fields there was a flock of around 40
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), lots of Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Collared Doves (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Magpies (Urraca / Pica pica), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and 4 Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild).
I went and had a look at the fields around the Airfield and found around 140 more Northern Lapwings, a flock of arournd 45 roosting Golden Plovers (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia) which had almost doubled since yesterday. 
Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).

There were also a few House (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) on the fences and wires and in the area Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
On my way back towards the house I took another couple of the tracks finding
Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) winter male.

Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) winter male.

Along the Lucerne fields I found
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and the regular male Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus).
Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).

Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).

As I walked from the car I got a couple of shots of a pair of Collared Doves in the fruit tree by the pool.

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