Wednesday 22 June 2016

North of Malaga, Malaga Province.

Just enough time to visit a couple of rivers near Malaga.

Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) male.
Jayne wanted to do some shopping so I dropped her off in the city and then went north to a small river but found that the vegitation had taken over and moving around was difficult and dragonfly numbers were low. 
Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) older female.
On the walk up to the water  recorded Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) x18, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica). 
Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis).
The dragonflies that I did managed to see included Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) x3M, Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) x5M, Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) x2F, Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) x1M and Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) x1M. I also saw African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna), Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), a single Monarch (Danaus plexippus), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) and Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura).
Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum).
I moved back towards Malaga and had a drive along the banks of the Rio Grande using the car as a hide and found Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum).
Further along the River where it joins the Guadalhorce I saw Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) x2M, Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) x8M & 2F, Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) x4M, Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) x3M, White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) x6, Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii) x3M & 1F, Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) x3M, as well as Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and Small White (Artogeia rapae).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).

European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).

Sunday 19 June 2016

Near Archidona, Malaga Province, Spain.

Moth Trapping at Liz and Rays.
Day four.

8184 Idaea aversata.

I again ran the traps in Ray and Liz's garden but used them the othere way round with the Actinic up in the Oaks and the MV down in the garden.
Moths included: 2352 Pleurota ericella x1, 4629 Clepsis consimilana x2, 5742 Etiella zinckenella, 7725 Menophora japygiaria (Brassy Waved Umber) x3, 8048 Scopula submutata x2, 8184 Idaea aversata x1, 8818 Cryphia muralis (Marbled Green) x1, 8853 Pechipogo plumigeralis (Plumed Snout) x1, 8887 Catocala conversa, 8888 Catocala nymphagoga (Oak Yellow Underwing) x3, 9492 Polyphaenis sericata (Guernsey Underwing) x3, 9927 Aetheria (Hecatera) dysodea (Small Ranunculus) x5, 8059 Scopula marginepunctata (Mullein Wave) x13,

8887 Catocala conversa,
8888 Catocala nymphagoga (Oak Yellow Underwing).
8818 Cryphia muralis (Marbled Green).
9492 Polyphaenis sericata (Guernsey Underwing).
9492 Polyphaenis sericata (Guernsey Underwing).
9492 Polyphaenis sericata (Guernsey Underwing).
9927 Aetheria (Hecatera) dysodea (Small Ranunculus).
8853 Pechipogo plumigeralis (Plumed Snout).
5742 Etiella zinckenella,
4629 Clepsis consimilana.