Saturday, 23 March 2013

Balsa de Regidor and Hacho, Granada Province.

Another couple of year ticks.

Jayne and I popped up to Garden Centre on the A92 at Moraleda to pick up a couple of plants and on the way back we called at Balsa de Regidor where I had a quick scan of this man made naturalised pool. On the water there were a fewmale Common Pochards (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), two pairs of Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), a few Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis). I then picked up a couple of Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) which were roosting in a muddy along with a couple of male Eurasian Teals (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca). In the air and around the margins I located Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Woodchat Shrike(Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Jayne and I then went passed the house and up to the Northern slopes of Hacho where we were looking for more Pine Cones to stop the ******** cats from dumping in the herb patch. While Jayne filled two bags of cones I spent some time looking for some Orchids, there were loads of Giant Orchids (Himantoglossum robertiana) of varying colours, dozens of Ophrys forestieri, a couple of Sawfly Orchids (Ophrys tenthredinifera) and a few Southern Early Purple's (Orchis olbiensis). In the same area there were lots of Yellow Anemone (Anemone palmata). Birds included Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and down in the quarry a male Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius).
Photographs from the top: 4x Giant Orchids (Himantoglossum robertiana), Southern Early Purple's (Orchis olbiensis), Sawfly Orchids (Ophrys tenthredinifera), Ophrys forestieri and Yellow Anemone (Anemone palmata).

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