Monday, 8 February 2021

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

First Yellow (Spanish) Wagtail of the year.
Second Municipal Lockdown Day 23.
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
I started off along the bank of the Arroyo as usual and followed it on the Northern side at the furthest point down to the railway line. 
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
On the first part of the walk I had the usual wintering Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) but today they were spread out over 4 section of the Lucerne fields and on the far side there were around 40 or so Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
I continued on and just as I turned off the road on to the track I saw the first of hundreds of hirundines which were feeding in the strong cold wind, most of them were House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) x700+ but mixed in were smaller numbers of Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) x50+, several Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) x100+ and a dozen or so Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica).
House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).

After I crossed the road and followed the Arroyo again I had a nice male Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) but by the time I had farted around with the camera it had flown off.
Continuing on I added Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) and Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) female.

On my way back I found the Yellow Wagtail again this time I was slightly quicker but the bird was further away and as I walked passed the Poplars I had a calling Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).

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