Sunday, 23 June 2019

Fuente De and road to Potes, Asturias.

A day of Rivers and woodlands.
Pico's Day two.

Bastard Balm (Melittis melissophyllum).
I started off the day with a walk around the hotel and along the road back towards Potes seeing and hearing Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula),
Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia).
Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Eurasian Treecreeper (Agateador Norteño / Certhia familiaris), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), a fine male Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major),
Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii).
a calling Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus) in the pines around the cable car building, a good number of House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and what turned out to be the only Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) of the trip and sadly remained a guide only species.
Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus).
After breackfast we drove along the road out towards calling in at a couple of spots where we had a walk out along woodland trails, on the first we had our only Marsh Tit (Carbonero Palustre /Parus palustris) of the trip, as well as Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Firecrest, Common Chaffinch, Blackcap, Robin, Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia), Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus), Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Bastard Balm (Melittis melissophyllum), Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum), Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), Hedgerow Cranesbill (Geranium pyrenaicum),
Spanish Slug (Arion vulgaris).
 Stinking (Helleborus foetidus) and Green Hellebore (Helleborus viridis), Martagon Lily (Lilium Martagon) but not in flower, Wood Avens (Geum urbanum) and several of the large black Spanish Slugs (Arion vulgaris).
Bumblebee Bee species on a Scabious flower.
Just along the road we made another stop where we crossed the river on an old stone bridge where we found lot os freshed spikes of the parasitic Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae), along with Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) and White Stonecrop (Sedum album) all growing on the rocky walls.
Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae).
Further up the track we had several Beautiful Demoiselle's (Calopteryx virgo) mostly females but we also had at least one male, a single male Common Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) and Mike L had a male Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) as well.
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) female.
By the gate which ended our walk along this nice productive track we found several Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) butterflies, Chestnut Heath (Coenonympha glycerion), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla), Bath Asparagus (Ornithogalum pyrenaicum), Hoary Plantain (Plantago media), Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Yellow Rockrose (Helianthemum nummularium), Red Campion (Silene dioica), Musk Mallow (Malva moschata), Round-headed Leek (Allium sphaerocephalon), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Black Redstart, Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and as we walked back towards
Unknown but smart looking insect species.
 the van on the edge of a smelly and damp Poo pile we added Wood (Leptidea sinapis), Small (Pieris rapae) and Green-veined Whites (Pieris napi), Mallow / False Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus alceae / tripolinus), Holly (Celastrina argiolus) and Little Blue (Cupido minimus).
Martagon Lily (Lilium Martagon).
We reached Potes and had a stop for some lunch and whilst we sat outside one of the bars we picked up Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Grey (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin, Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Feral Pigeon (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) and a fly over Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Martagon Lily (Lilium Martagon).
As we worked our way back towards Fuente De we made a stop in a Walnut plantation and almost straight away we could hear a rapid call from a woodpecker which I was fairly sure was a Middle-spotted Woodpecker (Pico Mediano / Dendrocopos medius) and after a few minutes the first of the two birds we saw came in and showed quite well and was followed by a second bird which sat nicely for me, a third bird was also heard on the far side of the river.
Bath Asparagus (Ornithogalum pyrenaicum).
In the same area we also had adult and immature Dipper (Mirlo Acuático / Cinclus cinclus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta) and Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus).
Chestnut Heath (Coenonympha glycerion).
As well as Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Comma (Polygonum c-album), Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris), Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca), Yellow Rockrose (Helianthemum nummularium), Malling Toadflax (Chaenorhinum origanifolium),  Self heal (Prunella vulgaris) and Woad (Isatis tinctoria).
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).
Very happy with the Woodpecker views we headed back to the holet and then went out for a walk on one of the tracks above the cable car station but as we started out the rain began and continued on and off for the rest of the evening.  
Small (Pieris rapae) and Green-veined Whites (Pieris napi).
On the walk we had many of the birds seen during the day including another Middle-spotted Woodpecker, we also added a few new plants to the list including Agimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica), Common Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris), Rusty-back Fern (Ceterach officinarum) and a very smart looking Linaria species which still needs a name.
Green-veined White (Pieris napi).
Wood White (Leptidea sinapis).
Long-horn Beetle Species.
Middle-spotted Woodpecker (Pico Mediano / Dendrocopos medius).
Middle-spotted Woodpecker (Pico Mediano / Dendrocopos medius).
Middle-spotted Woodpecker (Pico Mediano / Dendrocopos medius).
Middle-spotted Woodpecker (Pico Mediano / Dendrocopos medius).
Above Fuente De.
Hopper species.
Common Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris).
Malling Toadflax (Chaenorhinum origanifolium).
Malling Toadflax (Chaenorhinum origanifolium).
Linaria species needing a name.
On the track from Fuente De.
Above Fuente De.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Santander, Puerto Deportivo, Marismas Blancas, Barrio la Raba, travelling to Fuente de and at Fuente de.

A day along the coast and then into the mountains.
Pico's Day One.

Common Tern (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo).
After a very nice breakfast at the Hotel Chiqui we had a walk along the sea front seeing the Common Terns (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Mediterranean Gulls (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Shag (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes).
Common Tern (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo).
We headed just along the coast where we checked out some pools along side the runways of the Santander Airport, on the smaller pool we had a pair of Mute Swans (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor), one of which was sat on a nest, Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), a female type Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) which was carrying prey, House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
The Hotel.
On the Causeway between the two Pools we had a Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and several Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor). On the second bigger lagoon there was a group of summer plumaged Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), 3x Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), a single Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), a couple more Mute Swans, Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), 3x Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and right down at the far end of the pool singles of Common and Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica), a young Red Fox (Zorro / Vulpus vulpus) on the far bank amonst the reeds, Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), a fly over Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) and as we walked back to Van a male Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) flew passed us and out into the reeds.
View from the sea front.
We moved on down the road to the port where we parked and checked the perimeter fence adding Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), a family of Black Redstarts (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and in an area of grass Green-veined White (Pieris napi), Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Small White (Pieris rapae), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) and as we walked over to the waters edge and scanned the Estuary an Western Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus) flew over head scattering all the Common Terns
Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor).
We jumped back on to the motorway but were soon off again at a freshwater pool and tidal lagoon called Las Marismas Blancas where we had a look at the largest of the lakes and saw a pair of Mute Swans with four cignets, more Mallards, Common Pochards, Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), a surprising male Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula) which is normally only a winter visitor, Little Grebe, Eurasian Coot, plenty of Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) flying in to the reedbeds and whilst I waited by the van the others went to have a walk around the rest of the reserve but they did not pick up much new.
Red Fox (Zorro / Vulpus vulpus).
Whilst I was waiting I picked up Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Blue / Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea), Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi), Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Musk Mallow (Malva moschata), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), Self heal (Prunella vulgaris) and Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca).
Green-veined White (Pieris napi).
Once the others returned we had a female Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) out amongst the Eurasian Coots, four Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) which flew in and over the road on the tidal part of the area we we saw more Common Terns and a summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa) which flew in.
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
We again moved on around the estuary where we had a walk along a track on the southern shore, in the sky above us we had a group of Black Kites with a Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) soaring with them.
Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi).
As we walked we also had Little Egret, Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Great Tit, a singing Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta) and way out on the estuary Shag and a pair of Great Crested Grebes (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus).
Musk Mallow (Malva moschata).
We started our drive out towards Fuente De with Bob seeing a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) from the van, we stopping for some lunch in Unquera seeing Barn Swallow, House Martin, Common Swift, Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Mallards.
Field Eryngium (Eryngium campestre).
As we dropped south we made a stop along the Rio Deva and found Mouflon (Ovis orientalis), Griffon (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla).
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae).
Once we were through Potes we made another stop and found an Immature Dipper (Mirlo Acuático / Cinclus cinclus) further on along the Rio Deva.
Purple Gromwell (Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum).
We arrived at the Hotel in Fuente de and checked in, later we went for a walk across the meadows at the back and down the spring that I am guessing is the beginning of the Deva, on the fields we found Field Eryngium (Eryngium campestre), Purple Bugloss (Echium plantagineum), Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) and a stunning male Red-backed Shrike (Alcaudón Dorsirrojo / Lanius collurio) which showed well for us.
Pyrenean Germander (Teucrium pyrenaicum).
On a back as we walked towards the woods we had Purple Gromwell (Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum), Mediterranean Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), Pyrenean Germander (Teucrium pyrenaicum), Rabbits bread (Andryala integrifolia), Yellow Rockrose (Helianthemum nummularium) and Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora).
Comma (Polygonum c-album).
In the woodlands we had  Speckled Wood, Comma (Polygonum c-album), Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni), Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans), Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Hedgerow Cranesbill (Geranium pyrenaicum), Wood Avens (Geum urbanum), Greater Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus angustifolius), Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), White Flax (Linum perenne), Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Greater Masterwort (Astrantia major), Woodruff (Galium odoratum), Tuberous comfrey (Symphytum tuberosum), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs). 
Greater Masterwort (Astrantia major).
We returned to the hotel, freshened up and went down for a nice evening meal.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).
Tuberous comfrey (Symphytum tuberosum).
Greater Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus angustifolius).
Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora).