Friday, 29 January 2021

Huétor Fields and Hacho, Granada Province, Spain.

Out in the heat for a walk.
Second Municipal Lockdown Day 13.
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
I went down onto the fields again and most of the species were as expected, 36 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) were right out on the far end of the Lucerne fields and 2 Reed Buntings (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) were still knocking around the reeds along the Arroyo.
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
In a damp patch on one of the fields I found a couple of
Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), a male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) and some noisy Perez's Frogs (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni).

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni).

Around the Poplar plantation I had good numbers of
Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), a fly over Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
I drove passed the house and did a short walk through the lower pine woods, on the ground there were masses of
Broad-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia), lots of nearly in flower Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum Robertiana), one of Iris flowers had a freshly emerged Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) nectaring on it and there was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum stellatarum) whizzing around the same area of plants.
In the same area and lower down the track I had Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) and Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes).

1 comment:

Nick Morgan said...

I was so hoping to get to Spain this year, after missing last year's trip. It is looking increasingly unlikely, though. That will be two years of not going on a foreign butterfly adventure!!