Sunday, 3 October 2021

Extremadura and Heading North to Palencia, Palencia Province, Spain

Up to Palencia in a 1300KM roundabout sort of way.
Going North to UK, Day One.

Great Bustard (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda).
I Started off the trip by driving down down to John's at Casares to drop his bag off which was left in my boot after our days birding and from there I pushed on North around Sevilla and up as far as Llanos de Cáceres where I stopped for some lunch.
On the way up I saw White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Griffon (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and Eurasian Black / Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax) and Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus).
I took to the tracks out on Llanos de Cáceresand within seconds I had 6 Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda) walking around in a field right by the side of the road but within a few more seconds a pickup came in the opposite direction and the birds flushed up and I only managed some back on flight shots.
In the same area I saw Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser).
I continued on to my over night stop in Palencia, on the way adding Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) before arriving.

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