Granada Wildlifes tour of Belchite and the Pyrenees.
Day Two. A second wet visit to the Steppe lands and then an interesting but still damp drive North.
|The next storm that was about to arrive.|
|Rain over some not so distant hills near Belchite.|
|Belchite after a storm has passed by.|
|One of the damp Black Kites seen whilst we travelled North.|
|Clouds over the Ebro at Gelsa.|
|One still needing a name? seen in the Juniper woods on Sierra de Pallaruelo.|
The rain again stop and so did we as we were crossing the Sierra de Pallaruelo, in amongst the terraced fields and Juniper woods we found several new species including severl Dartford (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) and a female Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans), Alpine Swift (Vencejo Real / Apus melba), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), several singing Woodlarks (Totovia / Lullula arborea), European Bee-eaters, Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and loads of Rabbits (Conejo / Oryctolagus cuniculus).
|Las Peñas de Riglos.|
|Asphodel Sp ?? in the Hecho Valley.|
|Rio Aragon as it cuts through the Boca del Infierno.|
We stopped off in Siresa and sorted the hotel out, it was good to be back at this place as I always like the feel of this Hotel. After everyone was in and sorted we jumped back into the Van and drove a short way up the valley to check out the narrow gorge called Boca del Infierno, on the way we had male and female Red-backed Shrikes (Alcaudón Dorsirrojo / Lanius collurio) on wires in a field. The Gorge is a spectacular spot where in the past I have seen Wallcreeper (Treparriscos / Tichodroma muraria) but they have not breed here for a few years, however we did get views of Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus), Common Treecreeper (Agateador Norteño / Certhia familiaris), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), a Dipper (Mirlo Acuático / Cinclus cinclus) which Juliet found and as it was a lifer for her it was even better that she found it herself and just one flowering Pyrenean Saxifrage (Corona del Rey / Saxifraga longifolia).
Our last stop on the long day was at the base of the Gabardito where we had good views of another couple of male Red-backed Shrikes and several species we had seen earlier in the day but nothing new so we went back to the hotel and had a very enjoyable evening meal before a much need earlish night.
|In the Boca del Infierno in the Hecho Valley.|
|Andy M, Andy P, David and myself in Boca del Infierno.|
|In the Boca del Infierno.|
|Posing just above the Boca del Infierno.|
|Juliet watching the Dipper on the river below us.|
|Pyrenean Saxifrage (Corona del Rey / Saxifraga longifolia).|
|Silene Sp ??|
|Linaria Sp ??|
|Silvery Paronychia (Paronychia argentea).|