Monday, 25 June 2018

Realenga, Huétor Tajar, Granada Province.

Roasting in the hide for a couple of hours.

House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) adult male.
I decided and I really don't know why to go and sit in the hide on the bottom terrace for a couple of hours to see what came in to drink at the pool. Surprisingly little was the answer, only House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and a Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) which was so quick I missed it drinking and only got it preening in the Quince tree. There were lots of Paper Wasps (Polistes major) coming down and floating on the surface collecting water and a few Small Whites (Pieris rapae) and Speckled Woods (Pararge aegeria) belting around in between the bushes and herbs. Perez's Frogs (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) were all over the Lily pads, some very young ones but a couple of older boys who were very vocal.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) adult female.
I could hear Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) but frustratingly none were thursty !!!
Just before I packed in a very smart youngish Ocellated Lizard (Lacerta lepida) showed but was to close for me to focus on it and as I pushed up the front of the hide to finish I bent down to pick up my hat only to find a young Montpellier Snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) curled up on it cooling down. 
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) youngster.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) adult male having a bath.
House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).


Nick Morgan said...

We arrived in Spain two days ago. Numbers of butterflies seem lower than on our previous visits here, north west of Malaga. I hope things will be different when I visit the Sierra Nevada in a couple of days.

LojaWldlife said...

Hi Nick.

I was up there yesterday, only 27 species, it was a struggle. We did get Nevada Blue (Plebicula golgus),Purple-shot Copper (Lycaena alciphron) and a few others but not many. It was windy and only short spells of sun, hope to try again on Saturday for some of the other species.