Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Barranco de San Juan, Barranco de los Prados del Aire and Casa Rural Diamen, Sierra Nevada, Granada Province, Spain.

Up out of the heat for a while.
Steve and Lynn, Day Ten.
 
Black Satyr (Satyrus actaea) female.
We parked at the normal spot just below the barrier and as we walked up to the start of the walk out towards the Hoya de San Juan we checked some Ptilostemon hispanicus, an endemic thistle species which was covered in Black Satyr (Satyrus actaea) butterflies along with several Silver-spotted Skippers (Hesperia comma) and a couple of Oriental Meadow Browns (Hyponephele lupinus).
Black Satyr (Satyrus actaea) Male.

Black Satyr (Satyrus actaea) female.

Black Satyr (Satyrus actaea) female.

Black Satyr (Satyrus actaea) female left and male right.

Before we passed the barrier we had the first
Northern Wheatears (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and tatty Queen of Spain (Issoria lathonia).
Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma) female.
Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma).
Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma).
Out on the track to the Hoya things were much quieter than on my last visit a couple of weeks ago but we did Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea),  Eryngium glaciale, Centranthus nevadensisAlpine Swift (Vencejo Real / Apus melba) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Bath White (Pontia daplidice).
Niobe Fritillary (Argynnis niobe).
Niobe Fritillary (Argynnis niobe).
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
We reached the the gullies on the wet area at the Hoya where we found loads of spikes of
Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris), Gentiana pneumonanthe, Southern Blue (Polyommatus celina), a very tatty Spanish Brassy Ringlet (Erebia hispania), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) and a couple more Northern Wheatear's which sat out for us to get a few photographs.
Centaurea ornata.
Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris).
Gentiana pneumonanthe.
Gentiana pneumonanthe.
We walked back towards the car seeing Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), the endemic Sierra Nevada Saddle Bush-cricket (Baetica ustulata) and once back at the car and on our way down to our next stop we had a couple of Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Capra pyrenaica hispanica) one of which was a very smart Male.
Taking in the view.
Sat watching the Northern Wheatears.
Steve get a shot of the Gentians.
Steve and Lynn on our way back to the car.
Steve and Lynn.
We parked on the roadside and had our lunch sat under some trees, whilst here we watched Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Great Banded Grayling (Kanetisa circe) and Iberian Marbled White (Melanargia lachesis).
Sierra Nevada Saddle Bush-cricket (Baetica ustulata) female.
Sierra Nevada Saddle Bush-cricket (Baetica ustulata) female.
Sierra Nevada Saddle Bush-cricket (Baetica ustulata) male.
Sierra Nevada Saddle Bush-cricket (Baetica ustulata) male.
Our last stop of the day was on the scrub and grass area a couple of KMs down the old road to Guejar Sierra, in this area we found Dusky Heath (Coenonympha dorus), Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli), Striped (Hipparchia fidia) and Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus), Purple Hairstreak (Quercusia Quercus), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) and Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe) male.
Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe) male.
In this area we also had Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
Southern Blue (Polyommatus celina).
Spanish Brassy Ringlet (Erebia hispania).
Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera).
Meadow Browns (Maniola jurtina).
Purple Hairstreak (Quercusia Quercus).
Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto).
Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto).
Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto).
As we walked around this area we also had a male Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and a young female Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) male.

Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) female.

Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) female.


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