Monday, 31 October 2016

North of Zafarraya, Granada Province.

A morning looking for Ochids with Ian Phillips from Malaga.

Sternbergia colchiciflora.
I drove down to met Ian near Zafarraya but arrived a bit early and found Sternbergia colchicifloraBiarum arundanum and some spikes of Autumn Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes spiralis), Crocus serotinus, and lots of Rosettes of Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana) as well as Small White (Pieris rapae), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea).
Ian arrived and we found several more spikes of the Autumn Lady's Tresses which was the main target for Ian. Birds included Green (Pito Real / Picus viridis) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Mistle (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Song Thrushes (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
Autumn Lady's Tresses.
We moved slightly further up the road but found few new species but we did find Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes).


Autumn Lady's Tresses.

Autumn Lady's Tresses.
Autumn Lady's Tresses.
Biarum arundanum.
Crocus serotinus.

Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana).

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