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).|