Friday, 22 January 2021

Cerro Hacho and Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

First flowering Orchids of the year.
Second Municipal Lockdown Day 6.
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
I parked and went for a walk around the lower loop around the woods at Hacho just up the road, all along the track through the Almond trees there were masses of the common Broad-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia), most were blue but there were some nice white flowers as well.
Broad-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia).

There were a few singing
Common Crossbills (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) further along the track and as I came back down the other side I found Dartford (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) and the first flowering Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri) of the year.
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
I finished the loop and then I dropped down on to the field but just for a quick scan to see what was on the Lucerne fields, I found Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and loads of Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris).
Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).

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