Friday, 7 May 2021

Hacho, Granada Province, Spain.

A walk looking for Butterflies and plants and then a sit by the puddle.
Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes).
I parked near the puddle and went for a walk back down towards the road looking for butterflies, almost straight away I found the first of several Panoptes Blues (Pseudophilotes panoptes), a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) and Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii).
Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes).

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

There were a few birds around as well, several
Common Chaffinches (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) were calling up in the pines along with a nice male Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) which was , Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes).
Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri).
Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
On my bad up through the Almonds and on the slope I also found Western Dappled (Euchloe crameri) and Small White (Pieris rapae), Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) and Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes).
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina).

On the slopes I found good clumps of both
Red (Phlomis purpurea) and Yellow Phlomis (Phlomis lychnitis), Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum), Garden Anchusa (Anchusa azurea) as well as a mating pair of Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) .
Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).
Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).
I walked back up towards the car and then on past where I found a smart
Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops) along side Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) and Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).
Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).
Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).
Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).
As I walked on I heard and saw
Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus).
Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) male.
Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) female.
Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) male.
I returned to the car and parked by the puddle again but due to the much higher temperature today things were much quieter and I only managed shots of Common Chaffinch and
Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) but had views of a male Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) which dropped in for a few seconds but it disappeared as quickly.

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