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Sunday 23 June 2024

Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

A walk around Huétor with friend Beth.
 
After not doing a great deal for a few days except for running the Moth Trap it was good to get out for a walk, Beth had been away for a couple of weeks so it was good to catch up as we walked.
During the walk we saw several Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), lots of House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) including many youngsters sat on the wires at the Feria ground, a good number of low level Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) feeding over the river and a single high flying Alpine Swift (Vencejo Real / Apus melba).
Also seen were Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
We got back to the car and as we drove back up to the house we added a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and several Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).
Once we were back at the house we sorted out a drink and then went up on to the terrace and spent a while watching a couple of Red-necked Nightjars (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis) out in the Olives, we could also hear at least two more calling birds nearby and distant Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus).

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