Birding with Erin and Brandt from America.
|Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).|
|Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) leaving.|
A little further along the track we made a stop when I heard several Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) calling from the pine trees, in the same area we also had Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), a fly through Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) and Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla).
Higher up we checked the next quarry area and the entrance track where Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) as well as Pyramidal Orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalia).
|European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).|
We also had Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea), Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora) and Moroccan Orange-tip (Anthocharis belia) for the butterflies and a male Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) which flew around on Charca Negra. As we drove up the hill we also saw single Montpellier (Malpolon monspessulanus) and Ladder Snake (Rhinechis scalaris).
Once we were off the site we went for a spot of lunch and then out on to the fields near to Moraleda where we boosted the list with Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis), Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus), Rock Pigeon (Paloma Bravia / Columba livia), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) as well as Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) and Bath White (Pontia daplidice).