Saturday 24 September 2022

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Down on the Fields again looking for Migrants.
Ebird List.

First 3 of the Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) of the winter.
I was down on the fields a tad earlier today and it payed off as the birds were quite active and the migrants passing through were feeding up ready to move on South.
Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus).
Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus).
As I walked the freshly cut Lucerne fields I picked up 3 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) which were the first of the year, I was pleased to see some had turned u as the numbers last year were well down and I only managed a maximum count of 15 birds.
Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca).
Immature Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Migrants included a female type Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), an immature Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), a flock of 28 European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) which were feeding from wire which crossed the fields near the Cortijo, 2x Turtle Doves (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) which were feeding with a sizable flock of Collared Doves (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), at least 8 Northern Wheatears (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), big numbers of mostly immature looking Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava) but there were also adult birds of at least three races, Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Common Whitethroat (Curruca Zarcera / Sylvia communis), Willow (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus) and  Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and hawking over the fields there were good numbers of hirundines including Sand (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica).
Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus).
Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus).
Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).
Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).
Other more regular residents found included Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), a distant pair of Bonelli's Eagles (Aguila-azor Perdicera / Hieraaetus faciatus) over the hills to the North, Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
There were also a few new winter arrivals with there being an increase in White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) numbers, a few Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and a single Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which are a winter visitor locally.
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) male.
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) male.
As I walked I also saw several sepcies of butterfly including Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) x3, Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) x1, Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x6, Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous) x2, Large White (Pieris brassicae) x2 and Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) x4 and a few Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) x3.

Thursday 22 September 2022

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Back on the patch.
Ebird List.

Turtle (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).

After what seemed to be an age I am back on the patch and out for a walk out passed the Lucerne fields and on along the Arroyo Vilano to the Railway bridge.
Passage Woodpigeons (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).

Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra).

Highlights were Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Garden Warbler (Curruca Mosquitera / Sylvia borin), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).
Other species seen included a female Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) x1, Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) x2, Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x3 and Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) x4.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).

Monday 19 September 2022

Humphreston Farm, Blue House Lane and Cordy Lane, Albrighton, Britain.

A walk with Harry.
Ebird List.

I called around at Julia and Martin's and collected Harry for a walk, we crossed the A41 and went out on the Lanes around Humphreston Farm.
Species included Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea) and Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).