Bird List, Granada, Spain, 31 May 2010
Below the Alhambra
Darro River valley
I hiked up the Darro River valley from Plaza de los Tristes up about 1.5 miles following trails on the
traversing the steep slope on the south/west side of the river. Dense broadleaf trees and shrubs in the
riparian, homes and small fields interspersed with trees on the far side of the stream and shrubby grassland
on the near hillside, with oakwoods and maquis taking over farther up the valley.
I counted 27 species in three hours beginning at 0745 and covering about 3 miles. Weather sunny, temp 65-80F.
Booted Eagle 1 Soaring along open ridge S/W of Darro River
Collared Dove 2 Dry grass slope w/ scattered oaks
Rock Dove 15 In/near town
Woodpigeon 4 Over valley
Common Swift 300 overhead
Red-rumped Swallow 2 Pair over shrubby grassy slope
Gray Wagtail 1 Along river by Plaza de los Tristes. High, sharp "syieeet syieeet syieeet" calls. yellow below w/ black throat, gray above, dips tail like pipit.
Wren 9 Numerous in riparian. Rich full song.
Robin 4 Riparian broadleaf woods
Nightingale 4 One seen, others singing in riparian woods
Stonechat 4 Black head and reddish breast separated by white collar. White on wing sometimes conspicuous, sometimes not. Rump whitish or at least pale. One bird I noted had white corners at base of tail, perhaps a Whinchat, but I didn't see a pale stripe over the eye.
Blackbird 5 All habitats, little singing. They do sing early morning and late afternoon from buildings and antennas in town.
Sardinian Warbler 2 Small and dark, gray-brown above w/ long tail pumped in flight. Low "kshkshksh" scolding notes. Not seen well.
Blackcap 11 Common in riaprian woods
Spotted Flycatcher 2 Riparian trees near town
Blue Tit 2 Oak woods
Great Tit 3 Riparian
Golden Oriole 3 One seen, probable source of the meadowlark-like song, clear notes slurred downward "teliurr" or "teeeliurrr"
Spotless Starling 15 Flock over valley, and others
Jay 1 in woods below Alhambra
Magpie 6 Individuals and groups on opens slopes
House Sparrow 15 Town and near ruined buildings
Serin 10 Common, songs heard frequently
Greenfinch 4 Widespread. "zheeer" call
Goldfinch 6 Pairs in grassland w/ scattered trees, also in riparian near town.
Cirl Bunting 2 Yellowish below w/ black throat/chin, grayish breast and pattern of yellow (appeared white) lines above and below eye, appearing to meet behind eye. Song a monotone trill much like a junco but not as musical.
Rock Bunting 1 Brownish w/ black and white stripes on gray head, grassland w/ shrubs.