A quick check on the Orchids on Hacho. 14:00 to 14:30
I had a drive just up the road to check the Orchids that grow in the Pine Woodlands on the Northern slopes of Hacho a small hill just to the North of the town of Loja.
It only took me a few minutes to see that the Somber Bee (Ophrys fusca / forestieri) and Giant Orchids (Himantoglossum robertiana) were still a few weeks away from flowering. The trip was not a total waste as did pick up Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Crested Tits (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) which were new for the Year list. Also seen were Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).
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