Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Hacho, Granada Province, Spain.

A return to the puddle and a walk later.
Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes).

After a morning doing some jobs at the house I decided to go and give the puddle up on Hacho another try and again I was pleased with the couple of hours spent there.
European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) coming in by the hundred for the water.

Most of the species seen were the same as a couple of days ago but got some better Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) shots including male, female and immature birds but as with most of the visitors to the puddle they did not stay long as they were hassled by the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) which were there in their 100s.
Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) male.
Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) female.
Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) male.
Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) female.
The commonest species to come down were the many
Serins (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) with both males and females coming down.
Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes) male.
The best visitor was a nice male
Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes) but I only caught him for a second or two as I was distracted by a fight between two Red Squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) on the other side of the car.
Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) immature.

Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) female.

Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) immature.

Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) male.

Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) immature.

Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) immature.

Other species that came down were
Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and for a nanosecond both Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) but both were just too quick for me.
Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis).
Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus).
Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
A nice
Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) also paid the puddle a visit and in the surrounding bushes and trees I picked up Bonelli's (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Dartford (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi).
Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus) a bright female.
Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes).
Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
At around 17.00 I packed the kit away and went for a walk up through the Oak trees where I found a few nice butterflies including Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius), Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) and Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).
Bartsia trixago.
Yellow Phlomis (Phlomis lychnitis).
There was quite a it of Yellow Phlomis (Phlomis lychnitis), Aphyllanthes monspeliensis, Bartsia trixago and just as I got back to the car a very smart pair of
Bonelli's Eagles (Aguila-azor Perdicera / Hieraaetus faciatus) flew over high.
Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor Perdicera / Hieraaetus faciatus).

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