Mountain birds, orchids and a few butterflies.
Kate and Jim McCusker, Day Seven.
|Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).|
|Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild).|
|Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Cabra pyreaica).|
|Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina).|
|Conical Orchid (Neotinea conica).|
We moved on out on to the crags and found a pair of Black Wheatears (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Jackdaws (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Buckler Mustard (Biscutella frutescens), Field marigold (Calendula arvensis), Grey-leaved Cistus (Cistus albidus) and Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
Up on the tops we pushed on to the far side where we were looking for Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis) but we diddipped on this species but did see Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Black-eared (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica) and Northern Wheatears (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Iberian / Southern Grey (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) and Woodchat Shrikes (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) as well as a couple of groups of Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Cabra pyreaica).
|A female Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura).|
Narcissus bugei were in flower on the crags.
Once we were down we made our way down the western side of the sireea and made a coupe of stops between Venta del Raya and Zafarraya, on the way we had some lunch and found Scarce Swallowtail (Chupaleches / Iphiclides podalirius feisthameli), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Carpentor Bee (Xylocopa violacea) and Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum stellatarum) all nectering at a nice Lilac Tree. On the way down the valley we saw a couple of Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) displying above a regular field where we see them every year. Between the two stops we picked up Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), a singing Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Giant (Himantoglossum robertiana) and Pink Butterfly Orchids (Anacamptis papilionacea) which were new, also seen were more Yellow Bee, Conical, Fan-lipped and Southern Early Purples. There were no new butterfies but we did see more Moroccan Orange-tips, Spanish Festoon, Wall Brown and Large White befroe we headed back up to the hotel.
|Andalusian Storksbill (Erodium recorderi).|
|Black-eared Wheatear (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica).|
|Scarce Swallowtail (Chupaleches / Iphiclides podalirius feisthameli).|
|Pink Butterfly Orchids (Anacamptis papilionacea).|