Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

A walk along the Arroyo Vilano looking for migrants.
Ebird List, 47 Species.

Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).

This Morning I parked at the halfway point as it was far too muddy to get to the normal spot so i first walked back in that direction along the Lucerne fields and then along the Arroyo to the dammed off area, as I walked I saw several singing Corn Buntings (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), a few newly arrived Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), a male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus).
I turned around and walked back towards the car on the top ridge along the fields where I added a huntng Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and a flock of hirundines which included Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), lots of House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and a single Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).
I reached the car then continued on along the Arroyo to the road bridge and then on aain to the railway line, on the first section I added the 3rd
Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) of the walk along with Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta).
On the far section, which was by far the muddiest part of the walk it felt more like I was ice skating most of the way, however I did see another Bluethroat,
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), at least 2 near summer plumage Water Pipits (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) and my first Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) of the year.
I returned to the car but went along the road where I had a small group of Skylarks (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) fly passed me along with Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and 2x Ravens (Cuervo / Corvus corax) up on one of the Pylons.

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