Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Cerro Hacho and Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Around the local patch.
Ebird List for Hacho.

Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) in amongst the Almond Blossom.

After an early appointment at the Doc's in Loja I went birding and I started off by parking by the puddle then going for a walk around the lower loop of Hacho, on the way I saw the first of many Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Dartford (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus).
Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla) Male.
Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla) Male.
Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla) Male.
Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) Male.
Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) Female.
Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) Female.
Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) Female.
Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus).
I returned to the car and parked it up by the Puddle were I again waited to see what arrived and I soon had a couple of
Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and the regular Red Squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris).
Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).
Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) Female.
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) Female.
I finished off at the puddle as it went quiet and went for a walk along the Arroyo but when I arrived I was saddened but not surprised to see that the water had stopped flowing, I parked and walked the track and road down as far as the Railway bridge.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
Main species seen were the immature Common Crane (Grulla Común / Grus grus) which has been around for a while but I suspect it will be on its way soon when the remaining pools dry up, Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Little Owls (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) x3, Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) as well as Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Bath (Pontia daplidice) and Small White (Pieris rapae).
Common Crane (Grulla Común / Grus grus).

Common Crane (Grulla Común / Grus grus).

After dark I went out for a walk, just above Realenga I could hear at least 8 Little Owls, 2x Eurasian Eagle Owl (Búho Real / Bubo bubo) and Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) were calling continuously.
Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus).

 

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