Monday, 25 January 2016

Sierra de Loja, Granada Province.

Couple of hours on the Sierra with Jayne.

View from the Sierra.
We drove up over to the far side of the hill where I was hoping to find a few species for the year list. I parked the car at a high point on the road and had a walk down hill checking the crags and bushes as I went along but things were very quiet. 
Alpine Accentor (Acentor Alpino / Prunella collaris).
Half way down I heard Alpine Accentors (Acentor Alpino / Prunella collaris) off to my left and soon had a group of around 23 birds scuttling across the rocks not too far up the slope so I tried to get some shots. Whilst in the area I also saw Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tits (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) and a single Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus) but there was no sign of the Ring Ouzels ( Mirlo Capiblanco / Turdus torquatus) or Fieldfares (Zorzal Real / Turdus pilaris) that I was looking for.
Alpine Accentor (Acentor Alpino / Prunella collaris).
After not finding the Thrushes I drove around to the other far side of the hill but on the way I saw a lager flock of Mistle Thrushes (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) so I stopped and checked through them as the flew up and around on a large flat area of rocky ground. As I checked through I found 4 possibly 5 Fieldfares amongst them. Again I moved on and down in to the next valley where we checked the large area of Hawthorns but could not find any Ouzels, however I did find a couple of very smart Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae).
Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana).
On the way down from the hill we found several spikes of Giant Orchids (Himantoglossum robertiana) near the motorway.

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