Monday, 28 February 2022

Huetor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Another go at the Penduline Tit.
Ebird List, 48 species.

Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
I parked at my usual spot and then walked along the bank between the Lucerne fields and the almost completly dry Arroyo which was just holding on to a few puddles, as I walked I saw and heard 13 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) but they were difficult to count in the deep Lucerne so there could well have been more, several Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) which called loudly from the Olives but remained out of sight,  Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
A stunning male Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus).
I took to the track by the Walnut trees and soon had a bunch of Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) racing ahead of me from the reeds, a Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) on the muddy margin of one of the puddles and good numbers of Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) which were sat on top of the concrete defences along the one stretch of the Arroyo.
Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus).
I dropped down under the road and continued on down to towards the Railway line adding
Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and almost at the furthest point I heard the Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus) again, this stunning male had been a new bird for the patch two days ago but when I found it I didn't have my camera with me due to the weather, yesterday I tried to relocate it but failed, so I was very pleased to find it again.
Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus).
It was around 30 meters away in some tall reeds so I sat down on the lower bank above some tasty looking Reedmace heads and waited but it flew straight passed me and away down the Arroyo but I stayed still and waited, I could constantly hear it calling and watched it feeding distantly but after nearly 2.5 hours the bird worked its way back up to me and came to the reed heads I thought looked promising and it fed there for a few seconds allowing me to get some shots.
Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus).
I was well pleased but in quite a bit of pain for a short while as just about everything had seized up after sitting there for so long, I walked back towards the car, on the way back I had
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).

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