Sunday, 27 February 2022

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Two visits to the Fields looking for the Penduline Tit.
Ebird List, 35 species on the morning visit.

Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) moulting Male.
I got up did a few bits and then headed down to the Arroyo where I had seen the Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus) yesterday and as soon as I arrived I was sure I heard the bird but could not find it, I walked up and down the stretch of the Rio where there were spikes of Reed Mace.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) male.
As I walked I did see
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) and Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata). For the full list check Ebird link above.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).
Later I drove back to the same spot and again walked the Arroyo hoping that the sun might have bought the Penduline Tit out to feed, however I didn't find it and parked by a rather smelly looking puddle and sat in there to see what arrived.
The smelly puddle in the Arroyo Vilano.
Almost straight away I saw a nice male
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) on the pool edge and whilst I was there I counted 5 birds intotal, 4 males and a female. This probably explains why the first male was so aggressive and chased all the other birds of any species away.
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) moulting Male.
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) moulting Male.
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) moulting Male.
At one point just before I drove home the Male popped up from the pool to the reeds next to the car and spent a full 10 minutes preening and singing some short phrases and took no notice of my presence or the shutter rattling lke a machine gun.
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica).

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