Tuesday, 25 January 2022

El Purche, Sierra Nevada, Granada Province, Spain.

Some targets in the mountains.

I left home and drove up through Granada City and then to a spot in the El Purche area where I parked and walked out into the Hawthorn and Rose bushes below the crags, almost striaght away I had the first of 6 Ring Ouzels (Mirlo Capiblanco / Turdus torquatus).
As I walked on I had at least 3 male Yellowhammers (Escribano Cerillo / Emberiza citronella) in a group of Buntings, there were almost certainly some females in the group but picking them out of the Cirl Buntings (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus) as they flew away was not going to happen. 
Other species seen as I walked the loop back to the car included Song (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus),  Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
On the way back home I called and got a load of logs from Bobadilla and whilst I was loading the boot I saw hundreds of Woodpigeons, several Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) and on the drive home a flock of Jackdaws (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) on a roadside bank.

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