A couple of hours on the local patch with Juan Pérez Contreras.
|Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).|
Juan and I headed out from the house up to the nearby mountain of Hacho just to the North of Loja where we checked out the woodlands on the Northern slopes. The lower area is mainly pine woodland but as we climbed we headed in to Oak scrub before moving back across the ridge and down in to the Pines again.
As we started out we found quite a lot of dried spikes of Ophrys forestieri and Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana), but we also found good numbers of Yellow Bee (Ophrys lutea), Pink Butterfly (Orchis papilionacea) and Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora) in good condition.
|Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora).|
|Southern Wild Tulip (Tulipa sylvestris).|
Other plants seen whilst on out walk included Southern Wild Tulip (Tulipa sylvestris), Wild Peony (Paeonia broteroi), Wild Gladiolus (Gladiolus illyricus), Tassel Hyacinth (Muscari comosum), Mediterranean Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), Linaria anticaria and the uncommon Dictamnus hispanicus.