A walk along the Arroyo Naravieja with Jayne, Lynn and Steve and later looking for Dragons with Steve in the Arroyo Vilano.
|Small White (Pieris rapae).|
We drove across country to Algarinejo and the on to the start of the walk back to the town a few KMs on. The walk was busy as it was still the Spanish summer holidays and there were a good number out enjoying the pools along the river. We walked down to a bar just on the edge of the town near some old mill ruins and sat there for a while enjoying a drink or three and some really good tapas before walking back up stream to the car.
|Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus).|
During the walk the Dragonflies we had seen before were notable by their absence and we only managed to see single males of Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) and Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).
|Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous).|
We did a little better with the butterflies and recorded good numbers of Holly Blues (Celastrina argiolus) on a patch of river side Horse Mint (Mentha longifolia) along with Small White (Pieris rapae), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Scarce / Spanish Swallowtail (Chupaleches / Iphiclides podalirius / Iphiclides feisthameli), Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea) and Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice).
|Southern Knapweed (Centaurea pullata ssp pullata).|
We also had Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli), Large White (Pieris brassicae), Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus F lyllus), Striped Grayling (Pseudotergumia fidia), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia) and Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina). We also had Southern Knapweed (Centaurea pullata ssp pullata), Pitch Trefoil (Psoralea bituminosa) and Small Fleabane (Pulicaria vulgaris).
|White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes).|
Birds seen during the walk included House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Turtle (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
|Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).|
We returned to the car and drove back a short way home and stopped for our picnic lunch before returning to the house where we dropped Jayne and Lynn off. Steve and I headed just down the road and had a walk along the Arroyo Vilano for a KM or so looking for Dragonflies. We did better here but numbers were still lower than normal even though the site looked much better than it had done for a few years. We recorded Epaulet (Orthetrum chrysostigma) and Keeled Skimmer, Blue / Common Emperor, Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi), Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus), White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) and Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii).
|Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).|
We also saw a Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) before we headed back to the house and then had a nice evening on the terrace.