Saturday, 21 January 2017

Sierra de Loja, Granada Province.

A very frosty trip up the hill.

Steve and I made our way up the Sierra hoping to do some bird photography but due to the severe cold snap in the area a large number of birds had moved to lower ground but we did see several Ring Ouzels ( Mirlo Capiblanco / Turdus torquatus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blue-rock (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Mistle (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Song Thrushes (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Corn (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Rock Buntings (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura). Down in the woodlands near the motorway we had lots of Broad-leaved Iris (lirio de invierno / Juno / Iris planifolia) and several spikes of Giant Orchids (Himantoglossum robertiana) just starting to flower.



Broad-leaved Iris (lirio de invierno / Juno / Iris planifolia).

Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana).

Steve amongst the frost.





Steve in the goat cave.




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