Friday 16 October 2020

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

3 and a bit KM around the patch.
Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus).
I drove down to the start point and then walked back along the track towards the bar, on the fields and around the small allotment I found a couple of Black Redstarts (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), a single Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), loads of Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) most sat up on the overhead cables, the first of 3 Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), lots of Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and at least 4 Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris) mixed in with them, several Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) in the pomegranate trees on the far side of the fields, Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), the first of the winters Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), a single Western Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava) that had not moved on and when everything went up I picked up a Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) and as I was watching it I picked up a Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus) which was passing West (a good local rarity).
Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
I dropped down into the dry Arroyo and I found Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), 4 Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and 2 migrating Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata).

Down in the arroyo I found a small area of water from a leaking irrigation channel forming a pool where I found Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Grey (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and at least 7 Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus). 
Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos).

I turned around and walked back along the arroyo and then up on to the track along the southern edge and down to some fig trees in a small field where I picked up several new species on the chainlink fence including Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) and in the same area Feral Pigeon (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).

I continued on around the roads back to the car finding Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) in a Walnut Tree, Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) in an Asparagus field, Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) in another chainlink fence as well as several fly over Skylarks (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis).
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) female.
I went home and spent some time in the hide where I got some shots of Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Robin, House Sparrow and
Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos).
Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).

Later I returned to the fields and as I was parked on the bank of the Arroyo a female
Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus) did a fly past and soon disappeared out over the fields towards Loja. 
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) male.
I also had Common Stonechat and Greenfinch sat in the Almond trees near the allotment before going back to the house.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) female.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) male.
Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris).
Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).