Back to the Poo piles, then into the hills again before finding an interesting pool near Somiedo.
Somiedo Day Seven.
|Brañas de Arriba just above the fog, for the moment.|
|Yellowhammer (Escribano Cerillo / Emberiza citronella).|
|White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).|
|Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis).|
|Meadow Fritillary (Mellicta parthenoides).|
|Queen of Spain (Issoria lathonia).|
|Heath Spotted (Dactylorhiza maculata).|
In the same area we also found a single flowering spike of Large-flowered Butterwort (Pinguicula grandiflora) amoungst the massed of leaf rossettes, Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra) and both Large (Pieris brassicae) and Small White (Pieris rapae).
I walked back to the van and dropped down the bank where I picked the group up and when just down the road and the took a track up to the far side of the valley where we checked out an area of mixed woodland, we parked and walked on the lower side of the wood on a track seeing Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tits (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), some really nice views of a pair of Bonelli's Warblers (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Common Frog (Rana temporaria), Wild Clary (Salvia verbenaca) and Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens).
We retraced our way down to Somiedo and too a road from the town out towards some lakes in the Valle de Lago, we drove up the valley making a few stops on the way along the stream and eventually we reached a pool on the roadside. This was as far as we could get at this point as the road ahead of us was being resurfaced, we parked and had a walk around this lake and soon found Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum) and Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator). On the water there were a few Mallards (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) but nothing much else. Along the track running along the far side of the pool towards the dam we had a few High Brown Fritillaries (Fabriciana adippe), Adonis (Lysandra bellargus) and Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii), Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes), Chestnut Heath (Coenonympha glycerion), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), a very nice Wood White (Leptidea sinapis) and down closer to the Dam a couple of Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus).
|Large-flowered Butterwort (Pinguicula grandiflora).|
|Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).|
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush and a calling Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) in a small orchard on the edge of the village.
|Common Frog (Rana temporaria).|
As we walked we came across a site of a mass grave from the Civil war and futher along the track lots of Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae), Common Cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense), Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium), Martagon Lily (Lilium Martagon), Wall Pennywort (Umbilicus rupestris), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum), Heath Spotted Orchid, Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and lots more Blackcaps.
We dropped back down to the Hotel and then went out again for a very nice meal in bar El Meirel, a real treat again after the very poor meal last evening.
|Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum).|
|Wood White (Leptidea sinapis).|
|Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii).|
|Escher's Blue (Agrodiaetus escheri).|
|Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).|
|High Brown Fritillay (Fabriciana adippe).|
|Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalia).|
|Common Cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense).|
|Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium).|
|Brian Photographing Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium).|