|Coal Tit Carbonero Garrapinos Parus ater
|Now what breed of fish might you be? And would like a plate of chips as a friend?
|Carline Skipper Pyrgus carlinae
|Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
|Spotted Flycatcher Papamocas Gris Muscicapa striata
Time to move on so we headed towards Jatar so that we could call in at the pantaneta above Alhama de Granada. No sooner had we got the car back on the road than a rather dishevelled Southern Grey Shrike hopped up onto the power lines and then a pair of Magpies. Other than a quick stop at the far end of the embalse where we found our Cormorant duo there was little else to see until we arrived at our destination. A very few Coots, a handful of Pochard, a couple of Little Grebes and about a dozen Mallards just about summed up the water bird population. More Spotted Flycatchers were found and we even had a couple of Bee-eaters resting in the dead trees at the far end of the water. Also along with the Barn Swallows and House Martins feeding over the water was a small number of Crag Martins.
Onwards towards Ventas de Zafarraya where we found a quartet of Lesser Kestrels feeding over the stubble, a few Thekla Larks and then both a Blue-headed Wagtail (Iberiae sub-species of Yellow wagtail) and a lonely Northern Wheatear.
|Male Crossbill Piquituerto Comun Loxia curvirostra
|Cirl Bunting Escribano Soteno Emberiza cirlus
Mallard, Pochard, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Coot, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Bee-eater, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Southern Grey Shrike, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Crossbill, Hawfinch, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting.
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