Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Sierra de Andujar and La Caracola Hotel, Granada Province, Spain.

Back into the Lynx area and the a few hours in the hide at La Caracola.
Steve and Lynn, Day Sixteen.
 
Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis) immature.
We were down for breakfast at 07.00 and the drove out to the same area as Steve and Lynn had seen the Iberian Lynx (lince iberico / Lynx pardina) yesterday and as with yesterday I took to the shelter and Steve and Lyn stood out on the track in the same area as yesterday. 
Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis) immature.
As it had gone yesterday both Steve and Lynn had views of the Lynx again and I missed it but I did get good views of a very smart immature Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis) which sat out on a dead tree on a nearby ridge.
Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus).
In the same area we heard and saw Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Bonelli's (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Dartford (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), both Iberian  (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) adult.

Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) immature.

Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) adult.

Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) adult.

Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) immature.
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) immature and adult.

During the time we were watching this area we also saw Red (Ciervo común / Cervus elaphus) and Fallow Deer (Gamo común / Dama dama), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) and in the sky Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).

Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).

Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).

Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).

Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).

After Steve and Lynn had a second view of the Lynx and I again missed it we retraced our steps back to the main road and then drove down to the Jándula Rio where we had some lunch before checking the river from the bridge near the dam where we had views of Coal Tit  (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) and an adult Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).
Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) male.
Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) male.
Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) male.
In the same area there were male Orange-winged (Trithemis kirbyi) and Violet Dropwings (Trithemis annulata) along with several Holly Blues (Celastrina argiolus).
Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus).
Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla).
Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla).
By now it was getting hot and my eye's were playing up again so we headed back to La Caracola where we spent a few hours sat in their hide where we got shots of several species including
Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Great, Blue, Long-tailed and Crested Tits, Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Iberian Magpie, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler and a fly over Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus).
Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea).

Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea).

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) male.

Once we finished in the hide we freshened up and then we up the road and had a drink and something to eat.

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