Looking for Narcisuss and Amphibians.
|Sam, Sue and Jayne on their way up the track.|
After a late breakfast we headed out for a walk along a footpath in the valley above the village of Grazalema following the road towards El Bosque. We parked and started the walk, in the car park we could hear Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and just after crossing the first bridge we had the first of quite a few Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
|Andalusian Storksill (Erodium recorderi).|
We continued on along the track, some of which had good vegetation on the side but most of the area had been strimmed which meant that there was a lack of plants but we did find Andalusian (Erodium recorderi) and Mallow-leaved Storksbills (Erodium malacoides), Oleander (Nerium oleander), Southern Knapweed (Centaurea pullata ssp pullata), Southern (Bellis cordifolia) and Annual Daisy (Bellis annua) and then the species we had gone for the stunning Narcissus cuatrecasasii which was flowering from several cracks in a large block of rock on the track side.
|Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).|
On the rock there was also a small Crusifer type plant which I am still needing to name along with Rusty-backed Fern (Ceterach officinarum) and Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes) and Southern Knapweed (Centaurea pullata ssp pullata).
In one of the small concrete water cisterns along side the track we found 5 or 6 larvae of Fire Salamanda (Salamandra salamandra) and on the way back down towards the car we found a large number of Pine Processionary Moth Caterpillar's (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) but managed to avoid them but got some photographs.
|Pine Processionary Moth Caterpillar's (Thaumetopoea pityocampa).|
|Sam chilling at the Venta.|
|Pygmy Marbled Newt (Triturus pygmaeus).|
|Southern Early Purple Orchid (Androrchis Olbiensis).|
|Marsh Chamomile (Chamaemelum fuscatum).|