Friday, 24 April 2009

Cacin Valley and Zafarraya area, Granada Province.

Along the Rio Cacín.

Several stops were made along the pines in the Cacin Valley between Moraleda de Zafayona and Embalse de Cacín, Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) were the commonest species seen and heard. Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla) was nesting in a crack in a disused building, Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Cassasquena / Sylvia cantillans), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) were also noted. Further on at the point where the road passes over the Rio Cacin Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) was heard, Melodious (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) all showed well. On the Lake Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Green Shank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Common Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) and Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina) were found. In the reeds Eurasian Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scirpaceus) and Great Reed Warblers (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus) scratched away and European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) all feed over head. Just as we were leaving the site a Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator glandarius) was seen in an Almond Tree along the road side.
We then moved across to the area near to Zafarraya picking up Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brchydactyla), Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Crested Larks (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata) on the way. In the Oak woodlands Giant Orchid (Barlia Robertiana), Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera) and Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea), Conical Orchid (Orchis conica) and Sword-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia) were all in flower. Further along the valley on the way back towards Loja two pairs of Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) were seen displaying over a large cereal crop field.
Photographs from the top: Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).

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