Wednesday 12 June 2013

Arroya Marin, Laguna Herrera, Fuente de Piedra, Laguna Dulce, Teba Gorge and Rio Grande, Malaga Province.

The trip back down to the coast.
(Jane Hibbert, Day Three).

Early morning sun at Arroya Marin.
We got off earlish and headed out towards the A92 and the on to our first stop which was at the beautiful Arroya Marin near Archidona, as we travelled over we saw Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Barn Swallow(Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
We arrived at Marin and parked near the quarry at the start of the track and started to walk through the stream side woodlands, almost straight away we had Jane first Lifer for the morning a singing Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli) which showed very well in on of the nearby Oak trees This was quickly followed by Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), two immature Iberian Green Woodpeckers (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) which flew across the valley and sat in a small bush on the opposite hill side and Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) which sang from deep cover but we eventually tracked it down.
Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla) taken by Jane.
We continued on and heard a Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla) calling near to us and after some searching Jane located the bird sitting on a dead branch of one of the stream side trees, it gave us great and lengthy views, in fact it was still sat in the same place when we returned an hour or so later. We continued on along the track hearing loads and seeing several more Nightingales, Bonelli's Warblers and Short-toed Treecreepers and after some time we got the third of our target species under the belt when a pair of Hawfinches (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes) sat up nicely in a Walnut tree. Butterflies started to become evedent as the temprature started to rise and they included several very nice Spanish Marbled Whites (Melanargia ines), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea), Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus), Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Adonis (Lysandra bellargus) and Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), Small White (Artogeia rapae), a late Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) and Spanish Gatekeeper (Pyronia bathsheba).
Thrapsia seed heads in the sun.
Other bird sen here included Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Iberian Magpie, Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
Our next stop was at the nearly full Laguna Herrera just to the North of Antequera, we started as soon as we were on the track by adding both Common (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) to the list. Once we were along side the laguna two more lifers came for Jane in the shape of a singing Great Reed Warbler (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus) and a male Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis). other species seen on and over the water included Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica) which gave us much better views than we had managed at Guadalhorceon day one, Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), several Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) which were flying around noisily before landing on the flooded fields over the bank which due to the thistle wall was not viewable and a cracking male White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala).
Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
In the reeds we heard both Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Melodious Warblers (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and on the track we had nice views of a pair of Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata). At the far end of the water we scanned the skies as large numbers of Swifts has started to appear and before long we had excellent views of a couple of low flying Alpine Swifts (Vencejo Real / Apus melba) amongst the hoards of their commoner relatives. In and around the waters edge we saw and heard lots of Iberian Water Frogs (Rana Común / Rana Perezi), flushed hundreds of Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and saw several Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator), Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii) and some fine male Broad Scarlet's (Crocothemis erythraea).
Jane at Fuente de Piedra.
We continued along the tracks out into the more agricultural areas around the site where we soon located both Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Short-toed Larks (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) before heading off along the motorway to Mollina area. We were soon on site and after a chat with the house owner who's place we were sat out side looking for our target species we soon had brief but very good views of the male Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes) which was a good job as it disappeared and we did not see it again.
From here we headed out to Fuente de Piedra and called in at the visitors centre before we went out on to the view point at the rear where Jane had her first views of the very special flocks of Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra).
Here we also picked out Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis). We checked out the hides behind the centre but we did not see anything new except for a Large Psammodromus (Lagartija colilarga / Psammodromus algirus) and several Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa).
Our next stop was at Laguna Dulce which held plenty of birds but nothing that we had not already seen except for a couple of Red-crested Pochards (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) and a female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus),  however we did get good views of some summer plumaged Black-necked, Great Crested and Little Grebes, White-headed Ducks and Gull-billed Terns.
We continued on our way down to Malaga but detoured off the main road to have a look at Teba Gorge from the bridge, Straight away we saw lots of Alpine Swifts and Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) flying into the cliffs at the far end of the cliffs. Whilst we were waiting we also recorded Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and eventually we had several brief views of the resident Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus) as it soared in and out of view at the far end of the gorge.
Jane at Teba Gorge.
Our last stop on the way back we called in at Rio Grande to have a look some herons and waders, we picked up several Cattle (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and a couple of Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and Turtle Dove.
I then drove Jane back down to Alharin where we had a drink at her accommodation and completed her trip list.

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Cacín Valley, Granada Province.

A day down in the valley.
(Jane Hibbert, Day two).

Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).
We set off for our second days birding in one of my favourite places to spend a day. We started down on the fields not far from the house, along the river we saw a couple of Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), a pair of Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos). In the poplars near by we also saw Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and on the track in front of us a pair of Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and perched on a large umbellifer plant a Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Our second stop was at Balsa de Regidor, a small man made lake that has become well naturalised, the first bird of note was a Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus) which was perched of one of the many logs in the water, we did see it in flight later. Other species included Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus).
From here we moved on to an area of agricultural land near Moraleda, on the way in we had a fine adult Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), a singing Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), several Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and once we were on the site we soon added Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), two soaring Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and near the disused Cortijo we has stunning views of a pair of Rollers (Carraca / Coracias garrulus).
We drove on into the site and very quickly located the first of at least three Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus). On the far side of the site we relocated the Rollers which were seeing off the first young Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) which had strayed a little to close to their nest site.
Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).
Whilst we were watching the Rollers and the Cuckoo a pair of Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) came into view over the tops of the Olives and quarted the nearby fields. In the area we also saw Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and I heard but did not see a Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
We also had a small number of butterflies here including Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), Large White (Pieris brassicae), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Small White (Artogeia rapae) and Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera).
We dropped down in to the valley and checked out an area of pine trees along the side of the large irrigation channel, we soon had new birds on the list including a singing Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata). Our next stop was near the bridge which crosses the Rio Cacín, from the willows right next to the bridge we had nice views of a singing Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Nightingale, Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and a cracking male Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) which gave us really good views whilst catching Crane Flies on the wing. We then strolled along the river and through the Pine and Eucalyptus woods, a small flock of Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) were the first new birds for the day list and they were soon followed by European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius) and a Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) but this was a heard only record. On the way through this area we also saw a couple of spikes of Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera), Spanish Gatekeeper (Lobito listado / Pyronia bathsheba), Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus), Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator), Bellardia trixago, Little Robin (Geranium Purpureum), Southern Daisy (Bellis cordifolia), Iberian Water Frog (Rana Común / Rana Perezi) and Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). We walked back to the car to make our way up to the Embalse near by and picked up Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus).
Red-necked Nightjar (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis).
At the Embalse we did not add any new species but had nice views of both Pallid and Common Swifts which were passing over head low. On the far side of the pool we also saw several Stripe-necked Terrapin's (Mauremys leprosa) which were sunning them selves on a log. From here we went into Cacín and had some lunch before having a brief look at the Rio Cacín just out side the village, from here we did see White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and heard a distant Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla). We continued on down the Valley to the gorge, on the way we had nice views of a male Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus) singing from the top of a dead tree and several Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) feeding along the river. We then retraced our way back towards Cacín and up on to a nearby ridge looking for raptors and during the next hour or so we had good views of Booted (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Golden (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos) and Short-toed Eagles (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) before heading across country back to our starting point at Balsa de Regidor where we had a look for some Dragonflies, from the concrete jetty we had vies of Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator), Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum), Small Red-eyed (Erythromma viridulum) and Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii). On the way back to the car we found a newly emerged Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) which we managed to get some nice shots of. We then headed back to the house and later went down to our favourite tapas bar in Huetor Tajar of a drink. On the way back we crossed the fields hoping to locate a Red-necked Nightjar (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis) on the track on the way. No sooner had we turned off the tarmac and there in front of us was our target and it allowed us to get with in a couple of feet before taking off. We also had a brief vie of a second bird near the house.

Monday 10 June 2013

Guadalhorce, Malaga Province and Sierra de Loja, Granada Province.

A Day starting on the coast and finishing in the mountains.
(Jane Hibbert's Tour, Day One).

Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea).
I set off down the coast on the motorway, went around Malaga and then back inland to pick Jane up from Alhaurín de la Torre. On the way down I picked up Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Barn Swallow(Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica). I arrived a little early but Jane was ready to go so we then went back down to the coast and spent some time at Guadalhorce catching up with some species that we were unlikely to see during the next two days. We started with a quick scan of the sea from the first seawatch point, from here we did not see much out on the water exept for several Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), lots of Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and a few Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica). Over on the reserve we had House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) hawking over the river, Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) calling noisily from the patches of Giant Reeds, Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus).
Spectacled Warbler (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata).
From here we made our way out on to the main reserve and towards the main hide, on the way we looked at a small pool where we saw several Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) all of which appeared to be sat on nests, Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta) and a female White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala). Once in the hide we scanned a quiet pool but we catch up with a small group of Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica) which flew around a few times before disappearing off North, a group of European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), a noisy Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and both Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius). On the water there were a few Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) and Little Grebes (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis). A Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons) then came in and started to feed before setting down on one of the small islands and on the back of the lake we picked out both Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Western Cattle Egrets along with a couple of Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea). From here we walked around to the next hide and again we had nice views of several White-headed Ducks, Common Pochards and the first Common Kestrels (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) of the day. We moved around to the two hides on the bank, from the first we had great views of an adult Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea), several Reed Warblers (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Spectacled Warbler (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata).
From the second new species included an injured Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur). We continued on along the track and checked the pool on the right hand side of the track, here we added just Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus). From the sea view point at the end of the track we saw nothing what so ever so we returned along the bank and made our way back to the car. On the reserve we also saw Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa), Iberian Water Frog (Rana Común / Rana Perezi), Large Psammodromus (Lagartija colilarga / Psammodromus algirus), Moorish Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Small White (Artogeia rapae), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla) and Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
Once back at the car we drove up to Loja and made our way up the sierra for some mountain birding, our first stop was in the shade of some pines where we had our lunch, whilst here we had several new species for Jane including Orphean Warbler (Curruca Mirlano / Sylvia hortensis), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius) and Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata). We then parked at the turning circle and walked up the track towards the quarry to look for the Eagle Owl (Buho Real / Bubo bubo) which breed there but they were not on show. On the way we picked up Adonis Blue (Niña Celeste / Lysandra bellargus), Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes), Spanish Marbled White (Melanargia ines) and both Southern (Pyronia cecilia) and Spanish Gatekeepers (Lobito listado / Pyronia bathsheba).
Montpellier Snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) taken by Jane.
Birds included Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina). We then moved up along the crags but we did not stop as we were picking off species and the most important one which we had no chance of seeing any where else was the Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis) so we drove across the hill until we reached Charca del Negro where I had seen this species regularly. On the way we did stop to have views of several species including Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Black (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) and Black-eared Wheatears (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) and Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax). Once at the pool we added Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris). We did not get the thrush here so we made our way around to the goat cave and eventually found the bird in that area along with more Black Wheatears and Blue-rock Thrushes. We then started to make our way back down the hill but called in at my usual spot for the cracking Spectacled Warbler (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata) and we soon had nice views of a pair low down in the thyme plants and a little further on we had cracking views of a Montpellier Snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) which Jane got a nice shot of. During this part of the day we saw Cardinal Fritillary (argynnis Pandora), Blue Spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini) and Southern Marbled Skipper (Carcharodus boeticus).
From here we headed back to the house and sat out on the terrace, during this time we saw lots of Iberian Magpiesa Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) and to finish a pair of hunting Short-toed Eagles (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).