Sunday, 10 February 2013

Grazalema, Cadiz Province.

Amphibians and Narcissus.

Sue, Sam, Jayne and I headed up to the visitors centre in Grazalema where we spent sometime while Jayne had a go on the large carpet loom. We then made our way towards Puerto de los Alamillos where we looked around a nice house in the campo before going and checking out a near by pool hoping to see the uncommon Southern Marbled Newts (Tritón Pigmeo / Triturus pygmaeus) but the water was quite murky so after a while we decided that lunch was calling so we headed back towards the car. On the way we found a Common Toad (Sapo Común / Bufo bufo), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus F lyllus) and a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) flew up into some nearby Pine trees. Once we were back at the car we our way to a nearby Venta for some lunch. Later we made our way out to an area called Campobuches which has a small Arroyo of the same name running through it. Here we were looking for more signs of amphibians, soon we had found loads of Natterjack Toad (Sapo Corredor / Bufo calamita) spawn most of which was in a small ditch that was drying out very quickly. There were also some large Tadpoles which Sue thought might be from Parsley Frogs (Sapillo Moteado Común / Pelodytes punctatus) spawn she had seen at the site a while earlier. Also seen in the same area were Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica). On the walk back to the car we also saw several flowering Romulea bulbocodium, a couple of Mistle Thrushes (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops). Our last stop was at a spot just above Sue's in a bit of Pine woodland where we saw more Narcissus beaticus, we also saw a fly over Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus), several Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and a singing Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Photographs from the top: Jayne on the carpet loom, Southern Knapweed (Centaurea pullata ssp pullata), Natterjack Toad (Sapo Corredor / Bufo calamita) spawn, Ancient Cork Oak, Romulea bulbocodium and Narcissus beaticus.

1 comment:

nic.b van es said...

Dat is nog eens een weefgetouw,nog nooit zoiets groots gezien en dan de mooie wilde bloemen.prachtig dit is genieten.