Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Good numbers of birds passing through the patch.

Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis) Immature.
I spent all morning starting the clean up at home after the Sahara sand storms of a couple of weeks ago but managed to get a walk in late in the afternoon. 
Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia).
Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia).
I parked at the end of the muddy track and walked along the Lucerne fields and straight away I could see that there was a good movement of Hirundines with a couple of hundred of both House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) as well as a good number of Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) probably 75+ and a few Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) but less than 10, they were all mixed in with a good number of Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) which were fighting against a strong head wind.
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Other summer visitors included Spanish (Yellow) (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Western Yellow (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava flavissima) and Blue-headed (Yellow) Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava flava), Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) and Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), male Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe) and Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra) and a flock of Greater Short-toed Larks (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
By the Walnut trees I heard all the birds start to get worked up and as I turned around an immature Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis) across and out over the Lucerne fields, other species included Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Tree Pipit (Bisbita Arbóreo / Anthus trivialis) and back at home I picked up a new garden species when a Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) flew over calling.

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