Up in the local hills and Valley's.
GRANADA WILDLIFE'S Spring Tour.
|The Group on Sierra de Loja (Lynda, Judy, John, Nick and Mike).|
|Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae).|
There were also good numbers of wildflowers on the track side including Blue Hounds-tongue (Cynoglossum creticum), Viola dementria, Wild Gladiolus (Gladiolus illyricus), Tragopogon angustifolius, Rosy garlic (Allium roseum), Navel-wort (Omphalodes commutata), Purple Bugloss (Echium plantagineum), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), Tassel Hyacinth (Muscari comosum), Centaurea boissieri and Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalia).
|Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).|
|Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis).|
|The Group again near Charca del Negra.|
|Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera).|
We moved on again adding several Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and the first of quite a few Black-eared Wheatears (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica) to the day list. Our next proper stop was at Charca del Negra, we pulled off the track near the pool and checked the area over, in the water we soon saw several Sharp-ribbed Salamanders (Pleurodeles waltl) which kept coming to the surface briefly to breath.
|Lange's Orchid (Orchis langei).|
Also at this spot we saw Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Bitting Stonecrop (Sedum acre), Buckler Mustard (Biscutella frutescens), Chickweed (Cerastium boissieri), Common Snapdragon (Antirrhinum major), Little Robin (Geranium Purpureum), Saxifraga Camposii which was not quite in flower and Sarcocapnos pulcherrima.
|Wild Peony (Paeonia broteroi).|
Once we were down the hill we went and had lunch at the bar in Venta del Raya before going to a nearby area of cereal fields looking for Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) which we found easily, whlst at the spot we watched a couple of males and a female both perched and in flight.
|Sword-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanatera longifolia).|
Other species seen were Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus), Small White (Artogeia rapae), Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina), Conical Orchid (Orchis conica), Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana), Lange's Orchid (Orchis langei), Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera), Sword-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanatera longifolia), Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea), Wild Peony (Paeonia broteroi), Wild Clary (Salvia verbenaca), Warty Spurge (Euphorbia squamigera), Spanish Thistle (Scolymus hispanicus) and Crown Daisy (Chrysanthemum carinatum var discolor).
|Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii).|