Monday, 30 March 2009

On the local patch, Granada Province.

Searching in the olive groves.

European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
Whilst there I also had the first European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) of the year, a group of about 30 heading North and a couple of Hoopoes (Abubilla / Upupa epops). A little further a long the track is a small area of oak woodland where I also saw three species of orchid Mirror (Ophrys speculum subsp speculum), Yellow Bee (Orquídea Abejera / Ophrys lutea) and Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina).

Snakes-head Fritillary (Fritilaria hispanica).
After a tip off from one of our dog walking neighbours Garry, I headed along one of the many tracks amongst the olives in search of a Fritillaria species he had seen in some scrub. With his good description of the site I soon found four plants growing in the track side vegetation. Unfortunately they had started to go past there best but still be identifiable as Snakes-head Fritillary (Fritilaria hispanica).

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