Saturday, 12 March 2022

Cerro Hacho, Loja, Granada Province, Spain.

A walk around the lower loop looking for Orchids.
Ebird List, 32 Species of Bird and 6 Orchids.

Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
I parked up by the Quarry and and did the loop in a clock-wise direction, starting by having a look at the Giant Orchids (Himanthoglosum Robertiana) in amongst the Pines, I have no idea how many there are in the area but just in this patch I counted 90 flowering spikes and there must have been 5x as many blind rosettes.
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
In this area I also saw Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri), Wild Grape Hyacinth (Muscari neglectum), Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and as I started to approach the Puddle I had several Common Crossbills (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) fly over.
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
As I walked on I found
Broad-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia), Conical Orchid (Neotinea conica), Fan-lipped (Anacamptis collina) and Southern Early Purple Orchid (Orchis olbienis) first of the year, Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Small White (Pieris rapae), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Cirl (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus) and Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes).
Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina).
Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina) var. flavescens.
As I started to drop down towards the road I could hear a Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea) singing, Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) and a double spike of the Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina) var. flavescens.
Conical Orchid (Neotinea conica).
Southern Early Purple Orchid (Orchis olbienis).
As I walked along the road and then back up to the car I added Field Marigold (Calendula arvensis), Erophila verna, Common Fumitory (Fumaria officinalis) and Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
Wild Grape Hyacinth (Muscari neglectum).

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