Thursday, 15 April 2021

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Quick walk on the fields between the storms.
3 of the 4 Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
I parked in the usual lace by the Arroyo and walked out as far as the Poplar plantation but decided not to take the camera as I thought it might rain heavily again as it had been doing for most of the day.
However that turned out to be a mistake, the first surprise was finding 4 Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) on the Lucerne fields which are not a common bird on the local patch. 
These were followed by a female Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) and a Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) which spent a few seconds in combat over the Olives before the Kite pushed off East. 
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).

As I walked along the fields I also saw and heard
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix), a late Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
I continued on through the fields as far as the Plantation where I heard at least 2 male Golden Orioles (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) singing along with European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and the reason I was most annoyed that I did not take my camera was when I picked up two Tree Pipits (Bisbita Arbóreo / Anthus trivialis) sat up in the reed tops along side the road before I returned to the car.
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
I had the camera in the car so I drove back to where the Pipits had been but there was no sign of them unfortunatily, I did however get shots of a couple of the Little Egrets and some well behaved Spanish (Yellow) Wagtails.

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