Wednesday 28 September 2022

El Temple, Cacín Valley and El Temple again, Granada Province, Spain.

Out on the far end of the Patch.
Ebird List for El Temple in the Evening.
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
On my way up to the El Temple area I started the list off with Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) which was only heard.
Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti).
Out on the fields at El Temple there was a fine Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), 3x Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), 28x Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) and a group of 3 migrating Honey Buzzards (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus).
Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti) with possible transmitter??
We moved off the fields and had views of an immature Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti).
Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra).

Other species seen in this area were another Black-winged Kite and a couple of Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) before we moved on up the Cacín Valley to the Contra-embalse, here we found Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and a female Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina),  Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), 6x Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris).
As we drove North along the Valley we picked up Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti),  Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and out on the fields near to Morelade Tawny Pipit (Bisbita Camprstre / Anthus campestris) and Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra).
Sunset out on El Temple.
We returned to Granada and then later I met Juan out on the fields back out on El Temple to do some spotting for the Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) project we had work on before, we found 3 birds which disappeared before dusk but from other points in the area other watchers found a flock of 28 birds, probable the same flock I had seen earlier in the day.
Other species seen before dusk were Black-winged Kite, Short-toed (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) x5 and Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus), Common Buzzard, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Iberian Grey Shrike, Calandra Lark and  Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Common Redstart, Northern Wheatear and Tawny Pipit (Bisbita Camprstre / Anthus campestris).

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