Sunday, 4 January 2015

Realenga to Loja, Granada Province.

A walk with good friend Lesley Brisco and then a few beers when Allan and Jayne joined us in Loja.

During the morning I went for a short walk with Sam whilst Sue and Jayne got the car packed ready for Sue and Sams return drive over to Grazalema. Just before 14:00 they set off home we had all had a nice few days over New Year. A little later Lesley and I set off from the house to walk down to El Cerro bar in Loja where we were meeting up with Allan and Jayne for a beer.
During the walk I recorded Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
We also recorded four species of butterfly, Bath (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice) and Small White (Artogeia rapae), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea).
There were also some early wildflowers including lots of Broad leaved Iris (lirio de invierno / Iris planifolia), Field marigold (Calendula arvensis), Friar's Cowl (Arisarum vulgare), Gorse (Ulex europaeus), Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) and Wild Clary (Salvia verbenaca).
We arrived at the bar and had a couple of beers before moving on to a bar in Huétor and then back to Lesley and Allan's for the evening.

Thanks to Sue and Sam for coming over, we enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to coming over your way.

Thanks also to Lesley and Allan for a great afternoon and evening. Looking forward to March.

No photo's for this post as camera had a fit and not managed to recover them yet.

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