Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Torre del Mar, Malaga Province and Cerro Gordo, Granada Province.

A day on the costa with Jayne, Brenda and Keith.

Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius).
We started off by driving across country between Salar and Velez Malaga, on the way I saw Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
Once down in the town we had a stroll followed by some shopping, then Lunch and another walk. During this time I saw Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).
Our next stop was a bit further along the coast at Cerro Gordo where we walked out on to the headland and down to the tower, here I found Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallows, Pallid and Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), House and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) as well as Blue Spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and a single Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius).
On the way home I only added a soaring Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus) before we got back to the house.

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