Sunday, 13 February 2022

Cerro Hacho, Granada Province, Spain.

A stroll around the lower loop and a quick look in the Pine woods.

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus).
I had an afternoon walk around the loop, I parked at the Bins just off the Loja road and then walked up onto the Southern slope where I found Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) x2 which were the only butterflies I saw which surprised me as I had hoped for a few more species by now.
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
On the slope I also saw Broad-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia), Amethyst Toadflax (Linaria amethystea), Field marigold (Calendula arvensis) and Erophila verna and on the bird front Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
On my way I took a slight detour off the loop into the Pines where I found several Giant Orchids (Himanthoglosum Robertiana) and a scattering of Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).

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