A day of woodlands and wetlands with Helen and Paul.
|Helen and Paul at Laguna Chica.|
We started the day by driving over to the wooded valley of the Arroyo Marin, we made several stops along the way but started off in the Oaks near the start about 500 meters from the road. Here we were greeted by the wonderful song from several Nightingales (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
|Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon).|
We spent quite a long time working our way around a nice flowery meadow before moving all the way down to the far end of the valley and parking by the last bridge and walking out to the picnic areas that were badly damaged in the floods of a couple of winters ago.
|Bryony Bee (Andrena florea).|
|Long-horned Bee Species.|
Also seen in the same are were Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tits (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and heard Wryneck (Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes).
Other species seen here and in the nearby ditches included Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura), Iberian Water Frog (Rana Común / Rana Perezi), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) and several individuals of a Long-horned Bee Species.
|Dainty Damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum).|
There were a few species of bird out on the lake and around the margins including Little (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and Great Crested Grebes (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen, Golden Oriole, European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica). We spent a good couple of house at the site before heading back to the house.
Thanks to Helen and Paul for the two very interesting day, I learnt a lot and look forwad to your weeks visit in July 2015.