Sunday, 6 March 2022

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

On the Patch again.
Ebird List, 41 species.

Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).

Again I went down onto the patch and walked up stream a short way first to the dammed part of the Arroyo, in the shallow pool before the dam there was a pair of Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), a couple of dozen Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), both Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and up in the Poplar trees a single Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and lots of Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Around the Lucerne Fields and in the Arroyo I added Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and high flying immature Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
I turned right at the Walnut trees flushing a couple of Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) from the reeds, as I walked towards the Goat pens there were flocks of both Tree (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) and House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and a second Little Owl.
Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus).
Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus).
Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).
I dropped down under the road brideg and followed the Northern side of the Arroyo, at the far end I heard and then saw the male Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus) again as well as a couple of Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
During the walk I also saw some butterflies which included Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Small (Pieris rapae) and Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) and Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli).
Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).
Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).

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