GRANADA WILDLIFE'S Spring Tour.
|Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).|
Almost as soon as we arrived I heard the male singing but just as I located it the bird few off the post it had been on and disappeared in to the fields. We stayed around thespot for some time but the bird did not show so I went and checked the areas around the rear of some farm buildings but could not locate it but by thee time I got back to the group they were all smiles as the male had come up on a post and had sung right in front of them all.
|Small-tongue Orchid (Serapias parviflora).|
The first stop was in the broadleaved woods at the start of the valley, here we up graded several species from heard onlys to seen which was nice including Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), we also saw and heard Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes), Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
|Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora).|
We again moved on to the far end of the valley seeing Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Coal Tits (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops). On the banks in this area we had several spikes of Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora) and a single spike of the much rarer Iberian Orchid (Ophrys vernixia) along with Spanish Gatekeeper (Pyronia bathsheba), Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea) and Bath White (Pontia daplidice).
|Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).|
Again due to the problem with car thefts we just stayed down at the beach end of the site and sadly did not venture on to the reserve. From the seawatch point we picked up Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) which was neaw for the trip along with Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) and Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus). We walked along the lower path following the river inland for a while seeing Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica).
We also saw Green-Striped White (Euchloe belemia), Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator).
We then returned to the Van sorted out a few bits in the cases and made our way out to the Airport. We said our goodbyes and the group headed off back to a rather cool UK and I made my way home.
|Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).|
It makes a great difference to a tour when the guests are as keen as Lynda, Judy, John, Nick and Mike were, as a guide I can take birders to the sites and show them whats there but when you have all six sets of eye looking hard you are going to see a great deal more.
Thanks again to the group for a great weeks birding, Good company and some super memories.