A walk along the Rio Campobuches with Jayne, Sue, Sam and Carlos.
| Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).|
Carlos and I had a quick look in the garden and he soon found a very snotty looking fungus on a log under the Oak trees and we heard a Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis) calling in the distance.
|Snotty looking fungus.|
We went over the track and collected a couple of bags of kindling for the log burner before driving down to the River not to far from Sue's.
|Sam, Sue and Carlos taking some shots.|
We parked and then walked along the Northern bank and almost straight away we had a small group of Woodlarks
(Totovia / Lullula arborea) fly away, Common Stonechat
(Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Mistle Thrush
(Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Great Spotted Woodpecker
(Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and Jay
(Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius).
|Mediterranean Scorpions (Escorpión Amarillo / Buthus Occitanus).|
As we walked towards the far fields we saw Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus F lyllus), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Provence Hairstreak (Cardenillo / Tomares ballus), Hoop-petticoat Daffodil (Narcissus bulbocodium), Narcissus cerrolazae, Andalusian Storksbill (Erodium recorderi), Teesdalia coronopifolia, Lesser Celendine (Ranunculus ficaria), Annual Daisy (Bellis annua), Romulea bulbocodium, Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula).
|Provence Hairstreak (Cardenillo / Tomares ballus).|
We reached the far fields and checked the river area and some rocks near a bridge where Carlos found a couple of very smart Mediterranean Scorpions (Escorpión Amarillo / Buthus Occitanus) and down in the river several Common Toads (Bufo bufo) could be seen coupled up mating.
|Jayne showing a Sam a Common Toad.|
We checked out the nearby small ditches which were full of water but we only found tadpoles, some of which were probably from Natterjack Toads (Sapo Corredor / Bufo calamita) and in the same area we had a Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) and a couple of Andalucian Wall Lizards (Podarcis vaucheri) which were hiding in the rocks nearby.
|Single Common Toad (Bufo bufo).|
We continued on up stream a short way and after a spell of searching Sue and Carlos called me over to see a very nice Parsley Frog
(Pelodytes punctatus) which was my second new Amphibian in two days.
|Mating Common Toads (Bufo bufo).|
We turned around and started to walk back towards the car finding Iberian Grey Shrike
(Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), several Spanish Psammondromus
(Psammondromus hispanicus) and the a rather large Cows skull which was soon picked up by Sam and Carlos and was to become a rather large artical for Sam's collection table in the garden.
|Common Toad (Bufo bufo) Spawn.|
We went back up to the house and had a very nice lunch before Jayne and I said our goodbyes and headed off home after having a brilliant few days. Thanks Sam, Sue and Carlos.
|Parsley Frog (Pelodytes punctatus).|
|Hoop-petticoat Daffodil (Narcissus bulbocodium).|
|My wonderful Jayne.|
|Sam with the Cows Skull.|
|Andalucian Wall Lizard (Podarcis vaucheri).|
|Teesdalia coronopifolia. |
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