Tuesday, 16 November 2021

El Temple, Granada Province, Spain.

Taking Andy to Granada via El Temple.

Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
We headed towards Granada on the Motorway and then took to the fields near to Chimeneas where we got views of Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Thekla (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis). 
Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris).
Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis).
We droppe down of the top fields to the mid road and parked on the side of another track where we were looking for and found Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) as well as 2x Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula).
Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus).
Just up the road we stopped again and scanned the fields from a higher point, on some chainlink fence we had both Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris) and Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) and around the oil pit pools White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos).
Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe).
Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe).
Our last stop of the day was further along the same track where we had more flight views of Black-bellied Sandgrouse, a sculking Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) and a rather late Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe).
We then made our way into the city via a coffee on the way where I said goodbye to Andy and he carried on with his trip.

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