Saturday, 10 October 2015

Sierra de Rosario, Malaga Province.

A cool morning in the mountains with Sam, Sue and Jayne.

Sam, Sue, Jayne and I headed out for a walk in the hills above the town of Rosario, we drove up along a track to a view point above the town. Here we spent a while scrambling around amongst the rock and Sam spent some time climbing to the top and over them. In the area we saw European Plumbago (Plumbago europaea), Autumn Crocus (Crocus serotinus), Rusty-back Fern (Ceterach officinarum) and Torcal Toadflax (Linaria anticaria). Birds seen in the area included Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus). We also had a single European Mantis (Mantis religiosa), Small  (Artogeia rapae) and Large Whites (Pieris brassicae), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) and Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea).
After a very pleasant couple of hours wandering around we dropped back down to Rosario where we went into Leo's bar and had some lunch, whilst we were sat out side we had a group of raptors pass over head including 3x Short-toed Eagles (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), 4x Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), 2x Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus) and a Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus). On the plants around the bar we saw a couple of Geranium Bronzes (Cacyreus marshalli) egg laying on pot plants.
On our return to Huétor we spent another hour or so playing on the park in the town.

Photographs from the top: View from Mirador, Sam in the rocks, European Plumbago (Plumbago europaea), Torcal Toadflax (Linaria anticaria), Fungi collector, Autumn Crocus (Crocus serotinus) and Sam in the park.

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