Sunday, 20 December 2015

Campobuche area and Grazalema Village, Cadiz Province.

A walk through the Cork and Portuguese Oak woods.

Jayne, Sue, Sam and I headed for the river in the Campobuche area and walked towards Montejaque passing several pools in the none flowing river, on the way we saw ten or so Cirl Buntings (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus). Several butterflies were seen including Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) and Large White (Pieris brassicae) not bad for December and followed by a single male Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum). All the time we were amongst some superb Cork Oaks (Quercus suber) and had the sound of the leaves falling from the deciduous Portuguese Oak (Quercus faginea). 

Later we went and called on Clive and Family and had Lunch in Grazalema before heading home.

Photographs from the Top: Portuguese Oak (Quercus faginea), Portuguese Oak Leaves in the river, Jayne and Sam sat in the dry river bed, a mischievous looking Sam, Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum) and another Portuguese Oak

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