Saturday, 20 February 2021

Olive Groves around Realenga de Agicampe, Granada Province, Spain.

A walk from the house to the Arroyo Vilano and back.
Second Municipal Lock down Day 36.
Field marigold (Calendula arvensis).
After spending the morning pruning, some might say butchering the larger of the Fig trees as it had not been touched for a few years, I went for a walk through the Olive Groves behind the house and headed out as far as the Arroyo Vilano on the road up to Montifrio.
Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina) not a good shot of a blue female.

Unfortunately the farmer who tends the Olives near the house is the type that sprays everything to death but fortunately the guy just a couple of hundred yards away leaves the spring wildflowers to grow under the trees and this means a few Butterflies.
Andaluz storksbill (Erodium primulaceum).
As I dropped down to a small stream which is normally dry but was flowing well after the recent rains where I checked the area on the surrounding banks finding several wild flowers including Clypeola jonthlaspi, Andaluz storksbill (Erodium primulaceum), Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) leaves, Wild Clary (Salvia verbenaca) and Wild Grape Hyacinth (Muscari neglectum).
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus).
I dropped down to the Arroyo but before I crossed the road I added a few Butterflies including
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Small (Pieris rapae), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Bath Whites (Pontia daplidice), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and loads of Clouded Yellows (Colias corcea).
Clypeola jonthlaspi.
Down by the Arroyo I picked up White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Song (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla).
Wild Grape Hyacinth (Muscari neglectum).
I turned around and walked back the same way adding Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina) a smart looking blue female, Henbit Deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule), White Mignonette (Reseda Alba) and Platycapnos spicatus.
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
I crossed back to the far side of the stream and walked back up to the sprayed areas but still added
Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and a stunning male Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra).
Platycapnos spicatus.
Later I sat out on the terrace for a while and added a few more birds to the list with
Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and a Bee fly species which still needs a name.
Bee fly species.

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