Thursday, 5 July 2018

Rio Guadalfeo, Castillo de Ferro, Cerro Gordo and Salabrena, Granada Province.

A day down on the coast with Pam and John.

Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata).
We set off and headed down to the Granada coast calling in at a spot on the Rio Guadalfeo where we looked for but did not see a Dipper (Mirlo Acuático / Cinclus cinclus), however we did find loads of Spotted Flycatchers (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and a calling Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus).
Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata).
The only other species seen were Common Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii subsp algirica), Small White (Pieris rapae), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Common / Southern (Polyommatus icarus / celina) and Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera) and a Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura) which was chasing a group of small fish around in the shallows.
Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura).
We moved on down to the coast and east to Castillo de Ferro where we found several ver nice Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore) butterflies around their food plant the Wild Caper (Capparis spinosa) along with Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii), a family party of Western Orphean Warblers (Curruca Mirlano / Sylvia hortensis), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
Wild Caper (Capparis spinosa).
Our next stop was down in the town for some lunch where we had a Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) fly in under the canopy whilst we were eating.
We later turned around and went back west along the coast as far as Cerro Gordo where we were hoping to find more butterfly species but it was rather windy and we struggled but found a single Striped Grayling (Pseudotergumia fidia) which was new for John and a few birds including Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and to finish a female Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Cabra pyreaica).
Western Orphean Warbler (Curruca Mirlano / Sylvia hortensis) female.
Heading back east we stopped off at Salabrena and had a very welcome Leche frio before Pam and John had a dip in the sea. Later we headed back home to the house and had good views of a couple of Red-necked Nightjars (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis) from the terrace.

Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore) Archive shot from same site as macro lens U/S.
Pam and John at Cerro Gordo.
Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous).
Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Cabra pyreaica) with a nice view.

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