A good days birding with a group from southern England.
|Fluffy Seeds of the Poplars.|
Sylvia, Dennis, Andrew and I set off from their accommodation at Casa Jazmin in Realenga and we made our way down on to the fields near Huétor where we started the days list off with Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor). We pushed on through Mesia and across the A92 to an agricultural area near Moraleda where we took to the dirt tracks.
|Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).|
Out on the fields we immediately we located a stunning Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus) which showed very well in the nearby Almond trees along with Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea), Bath (Pontia daplidice), Small (Artogeia rapae), Large (Pieris brassicae) and a tatty Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri).
On a small area of uncultivated grassland we had a few interesting plants including Blue Hounds-tongue (Cynoglossum creticum), Common Asphodel (Asphodelus albus), Ground-pine Germander (Teucrium pseudochamaepitys), Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum), Navel-wort (Omphalodes commutata), Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), Tassel Hyacinth (Muscari comosum), Yellow Phlomis (Phlomis lychnitis) and Purple Bugloss (Echium plantagineum) and a single teneral male Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
|Dennis, Andrew and Sylvia.|
Our next stop was at the Contra Embalse de Bermejalis where we had a scan over the water and had views of Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and a couple of male Red-veined Darters.
|Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera).|
We retraced our way back along the valley to Cacín and then went up over the top road to Ventas and then back to the house via Moraleda again, on the drive we had Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) and Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni) before getting back.
Thanks to Sylvia, Dennis and Andrew for a great day and for their company.