Monday, 26 September 2016

Exit 206 of the A92 and near Huétor Tajar, Western Granada Province.

A couple of quick visits to sites on the local patch.

I started the day by removing the grapes from the vines at the front of the house to get rid of the many wasps, whilst doing this the local Feral Pigeons (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia) and Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) took flight and calling when a large female type Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis) rattled through them taking one of the white Pigeons off to a nearby pylon where she started to pluck it. After a few minutes she flew off through the olivers. During the morning I also had Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
Later after visiting a nearby garden centres we stopped at a spot where a few days ago I and Steve and Elena Powell and Bob Wright saw several Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore) butterflies but failed to get shots. It took a little while and a bit of patience on Jayne's behalf but eventually I found a very smart insect nectering on some track side plants which sat for the camera. In the same area I also had a very smart Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), Small White (Pieris rapae), Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Cardinal Fritillary (Pandora / Argynnis pandora) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui). I also had female Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma), a male Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi), Mediterranean Mantis (Iris oratoria), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus).
On the way back home we called in at the Hotel Cortijo de Tajar for a drink, whilst there I popped across the road to check another area of Capper plants and soon found another 6+ Desert Orange-tips, a Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).

Photographs from the top: Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore) x3, female Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma), Mediterranean Mantis (Iris oratoria) x2 and Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).

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