Saturday 29 December 2012

Loads of Bramblings

Got and hour to spare?  If so, you had better follow John Wainwright's suggestion and pop over to the well-known Stone Curlew and Little Bustard fields on the outskirts of Huetor Tajar judging by the latest report received earlier today from John and Jenny.

Huetor Tajar  28th December 2012

Quite a warm day with very little wind.

Brambling Pinzon Real Fringilla montifringilla (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
Calling into Huetor Tajar on our way back from Granada we drove round to the small stream at the north side of Huetor on the road to La Fabrika.  Here we found Green Sandpipers, Moorhens, Chiffchaffs, Woodpigeon, Collard Doves, Spotless Starlings, Goldfinch, Black Redstarts, Meadow Pipits, Crested Lark, Robin, Blackbird, House Sparrow and Chaffinch.  In the small poplar copse we found several Bramblings amongst good numbers of Chaffinches.  Lots of Lapwings about, but could not locate any Golden Plovers.

Going around the area in a circle we stopped at the ajo factory and here we found the Stone Curlews and over two dozen Bramblings feeding in the stubble fields, along with countless White Wagtails and a few Mistle Thrushes.

Continuing along the back road to Loja we located some Little Bustards in the alfalfa fields.  All this in an hour and a half of easy birding.

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