Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

A wet walk.
Second Municipal Lock down Day 25.

The Arroyo below the house.
The morning was a complete wash out so in the end I decided to go for a walk in the wet in the afternoon. The Arroyo at the back of the house was running well but the main Arroyo Vilano was in flood so I didn't bother to try the crossing at the ford but drove around to the far bank.
I parked and the walked up to the normal parking point, on the way I saw the Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) but I could only see around 16 birds but I was pretty sure all the birds were there but most of them were just keeping the heads down avoiding the near horizontal rain.
The Arroyo Vilano.
Other species were White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) x2, Meadow (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and up on the wire what appeared to be a flock of mostly Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris) with a few Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) mixed in.
The left of the water is normally the track I drive along!!!!
I walked back passed the car and followed the Arroyo down to the bridge, today I stayed on the Northern side, on the way I saw Reed Buntings (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) x2, Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) with a mix of Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
A Rainbow low over the fields.
As I walked back I added Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and 4x Common Crossbills (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) which had been around for a few days.

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