Monday, 30 March 2009

On the local patch, Granada Province.

Searching in the olive groves.

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 hopefully will still be identifiable.
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 Hoopoe. A little further a long the track is a small area of oak woodland where I also saw three species of orchid Ophrys speculum (Mirror Orchid) and Lutea (Yellow Bee Orchid, plus Orchis Collina (Fan-lipped Orchid).
Photographs from the top: European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) and Fritillaria species.

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