Sunday, 9 October 2022

Charca Suarez and Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Looking for skin changers down on the coast.
Sharon, John and Caitlin, Day Six.
Ebird List for Huétor Fields.

Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).
We were out early and down on the coast as Charca Suarez was open and we did a loop around the reserve, starting at Laguna Blanca and worked our way clockwise around the reserve finding Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), a couple of calling Wrynecks (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus).
Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus).
Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus).
Around at the main hide we saw Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) and further around in the smaller hides we saw Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Red Avadavat (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea). 
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata).
Caitlin and I spoke to a Spanish chap and he said that he had just seen several
Mediterranean Chameleons (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) so we went to the area where he had seen them and Caitlin almost immediately came up with the goods and found a very smart Chameleon in a Broom Bush.
Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
At the same spot we also found a very nice
Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis) on a Flag leaf, next we headed out of the reserve and made our way down to the beach and the golf course where we found Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia).
Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
We headed back towards the house but had a walk along the fields at Huétor where we found the flock of 24 Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), 60 odd Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) and a couple of Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis).
Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis).

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