Sunday, 3 March 2013

Cerro Gordo and Travelling, Granada and Malaga Provinces.

A couple of Orchids for the year list and a new Narcissus for my Granada List.

Jayne and I went down to the coast at Torre and then on to a Car-boot sale at Nerja where Jayne was looking for matterials for her patchworking hobby. On the way down I saw Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Thekla (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and Calandra Larks (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Crag (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) and Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis). After the first car boot we stopped off at Cerro
Gordo where i was hoping to find some of the many spikes of the uncommon Two-leaved Gennaria (Gennaria dyphyla) that I had seen last year but I was reather disappointed to just find a single plant. The whole area had been rooted out by Wild boars and apart from a good number of Narcissus Baeticus (which was the new province species) not much else had servived. A little further down the back found a spike of Sawfly Orchid (Ophry tenthredinifera). Birds included Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros). We then continued on along the coast and found another car-boot at almunécar before heading home.
Photgraphs from the top: Two-leaved Gennaria (Gennaria dyphyla) and Narcissus baeticus.

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