I went for a walk in the Pine Woods on the Northern slopes of Hacho a small Sierra North of Loja, where I was looking for Pine cones to put on the herb patch to try and stop the dam semi-feral cats crapping in it. This method was Jaynes nicer idea to try and stop them which was not quite the same as mine!
Anyway whilst I was walking through collecting cones I was finding lots of Giant Orchids (Barlia robertiana) in quite a few different shades of pink and a single white and green flowered plant. In the same area there were also lots of spikes of Ophrys forestieri. Birds included Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis) and I could hear the local pair of Eagle Owls (Buho Real / Bubo bubo) calling to each on several occasions.
Photographs: Giant Orchids (Barlia robertiana).