Wednesday 17 May 2023

Huétor Fields and El Temple, Granada Province, Spain.

A late walk around the patch and the a whizz over to El Temple.
Ebird List for Huétor Fields.
Ebird List for El Temple.

Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).

After having a lousy nights sleep due to a lingering cough I didn't get down to the fields until gone 11, however I did find the territorial male Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), 2x Black-winged Kites (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), 3x Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) which spent a good while hassling a rather tatty looking Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans). 
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
Other species seen included Turtle Doves (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) and Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla).
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
I went back home and sat at the Laptop for a while trying to catch up with the blog after having so many photographs to sort through after two great days in Grazalema but later in the day I got a message from friend Juan Pérez Contreras to tell me that there was a female Red-footed Falcon (Cernícalo patirrojo / Falco vespertinus) out on El Temple, so I decided to head out there even though the weather looked a bit dodgy.
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) attacking the Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
I arrived on site and spent some time searching the area but mostly from the car as the storms had arrived and it was raining quite heavily but during this search I did find lots more Turtle Doves, 6x Little Bustards, 8x Stone Curlews, Black-winged Kite, Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) x1, Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) x3, Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Common (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei).
The storms on its way.
The welcome rain but wish it had waited a couple of hours.
I decided to have a drive down to the lower fields, as I went I messaged Juan for some more information and just as he sent it through I actually found the bird sat up in one of the many Almond trees, I watched this bird for a while until it dropped off and out of sight.
Red-footed Falcon (Cernícalo patirrojo / Falco vespertinus) female.
Red-footed Falcon (Cernícalo patirrojo / Falco vespertinus) female.
Red-footed Falcon (Cernícalo patirrojo / Falco vespertinus) female.
A few minutes later either it or another bird came in from totally the opposite direction making me suspect that there may have been two birds involved but I never saw two at the same time, other species seen were Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).


Alcalabirder said...

I had a similar looking Red-footed Falcon at Stodmarsh (Kent) earlier this month. A few years back I also had a male Red-foot on La Janda - It was a good bird but was cruelly disappointed as I was looking for Eleonora's Falcon at the time. The latter is a species I've still not seen on mainland Spain.

LojaWldlife said...

Hi John, Thanks for the comment. A few years ago there was a bit of an influx into Spain and I had three up in the Pyrenees on one day and a few days later a flock of seven together in Extremadura.
Had Eleonora's a couple of time in the Cacín Valley near me and plenty on the Islands.