Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

An early walk before the rain arrived.
Ebird List.

White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
I was out early as heavy rain was forecast for later in the day (and they got it right), I did my usual walk along the fields and out as far as the crossroads where I took the road down towards Huétor, near the car I had a nice White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) sat on the top of the new gates and as I walked I picked up Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
On the next section towards the town I picked up
Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and just after I turned left towards the Mesia road I found a flock of over 200 Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) which were flushed up by a guy spreading fertilizer on the next field.
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
I walked on and had a very nice chat with a Spanish Lady who was very interested in the local birds and she told me that she had seen a couple of
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) fly through earlier in the morning, just after dawn which I had unfortunately missed.
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
On the track back to the road to Huétor I picked up Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and just before I reached the road a flock of around 40 Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla) flew into a large Walnut tree.
Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla).
Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla).
I checked the fields from the bridge before heading back towards the car, on the way
Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus).
Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla).
Bramblings (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla).

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