Friday, 5 March 2021

Huètor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

A walk down on the fields along the Arroyo.
Second Lock down Day 49, released to Provincial area.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
I parked up in the usual place by the Arroyo and followed it's Northern bank all the way down to the Railway bridge, the Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) numbers were well down but there were still at least 8 birds in the deep Lucerne and there were probably a few more sat down low.
Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).
I continued on seeing a pair of
Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) in a couple of Walnut trees, the female sat for a short while which allowed me to get a few shots before the pair flew off towards the Poplar plantation.
Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
On the far side of the Arroyo I found the regular roosting Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which looked quite nice amongst the Almond blossom and I also had a female Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) which was sat in a fig tree.
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).

Further on there were good numbers of Hirundines and in reverse to the last 90% of them were
Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) with the odd Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) mixed in and a scattering of House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Between the road and railway bridges I found the usual suspects including Grey (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) and Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
I turned around and walked back to the car and added both
Western Cattle (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), the latter being quite uncommon on the local patch.

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