New species for the garden and some winter visitors already !!!
I spent the morning in the garden catching up with a few bits of tidying up and a bit of wildlife watching. I have now come to the conclusion that butterflies have a sense of humor, I have spent a bit of time this year looking for Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore) and have had some success finding it in 5 or six spots but today I had one flying around the garden !! I also had a couple of male Orange-winged Dropwings (Trithemis kirbyi), Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea) and a Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).
The bird species are also changing, most of the summer visitors have gone, I did however have a couple of Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), several House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), some passage Alpine Swifts (Vencejo Real / Apus melba) going over quite high and both Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca) and Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus) in the Olives.
Resident birds seen included the locally common Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
The first signs of winter were also seen, apart from 1490KM of logs that were delivered and stacked I also saw the first Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) and Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) in the Barranco running along the back of the garden.
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