Thursday, 4 February 2021

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Birds out on the patch.
Second Municipal Lockdown Day 19.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
I started off by heading down on to the fields and parked in the usual place and did the walk along the Arroyo taking the Northern side at the far end.
Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
The Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) x37 were on the fields and down on the Arroyo Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was sat in a Fig tree on the opposite bank.
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).

Over the road I followed the Arroyo adding Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Reed Buntings (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) x1M and 2xF and a couple of Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) in the poplars.
I turned around and started to walk back, on a fallow field that's covered in weeds I had a long branch of a dead tree and perched on it were 5 birds, 1x
Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), 1x Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), 1x Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and  Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis), quite a sight and a shame it was too far away for a shot.
Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) Male.
As I passed the Reed beds I watched a very smart male Reed Bunting which was pulling apart the seed head on a
Reed Mace (Typha latifolia) and was covered in the fluff.
Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).
As I reached the bridge again I had a group of migrating Hirundines moving East and it included at least 8x
House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and 4 Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Further along the track before I reached the car I had Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).

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