Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Loja, Granada Province.

The ********* Car again.

Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus).
I dropped the car off at the mechanics for yet another set of shock absorbers, wish they would tarmac the dirt tracks around here. While the lads were working on the car I had a walk around the industial estate and along the stream side. Around the estate I picked up House Sparrow Gorrión Común / Passer Domesticus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Meadow Pipit (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis).
I then walked along the stream and found several Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus) feeding in a Pomegranite bush, all of which totally ignored me. Along the stream and at the side of the fish farm I added a couple of Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus), a pair of Kingfishers (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Los Infiernos.
The next stop was at the view point overlooking the Los Infiernos, waterfalls on the out skirts of Loja. The first bird seen was a cracking male Black Redstart, several more Meadow Pipits were seen in an unploughed field along with large numbers of Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) along with a few Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs). On the walk back to the Industrial Estate I added a Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and a couple of Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris) mixed in with some Spotless birds. Several butterflies were seen during the walk including Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea), Small White (Artogeia rapae) and Mallow / False Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus alceae / tripolinus).

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