Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Back on the patch.
Second Municipal Lockdown Day 11.
Sierra Nevada in the distance.
The water level in the Arroyo Vilano had dropped so I crossed at the ford and parked at the normal spot and walked the Arroyo down to the plantation and a little further.
Female Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).

Again the species were much as they normally are, the Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) x31 were on the Lucerne fields along with Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), female Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) on a telegraph post.
Female Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).
Further down the road near the Plantation I got a year tick when 2 Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla) flew up into a Fig tree, the one bird was in stunning plumage but the second more like what I expected at this time of the year.
Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).

In the same area there was a high flying
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), lots of
Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), a calling Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
On my way back I watched a trio of male
Blackbirds (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) scrapping in the reeds at the side of the road, had a large group of Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) mixed in with good numbers of Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus).
Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), one of the battling males.

Down along the Arroyo I had the only
Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) of the walk and a pair of noisy cronking Ravens (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).

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