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
I dropped down to the Arroyo but before I crossed the road I added a few Butterflies including Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Small
|Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus).|
rapae), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Bath Whites (Pontia daplidice), Small Copper
(Lycaena phlaeas) and loads of Clouded Yellows
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.
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).
|Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).|
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.|