Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Cerro Hacho, Loja, Granada Province, Spain.

A damp walk around the lower loop of Hacho.

Ophrys dyris.

After getting a few bits sorted down in Huétor I went and parked at the lowest parking point just off the road up to Ventorros de San José, from here I took a steep track up to a spot in the Pines which I had been shown last year by Anita where I found two spikes of Ophrys Dyris in nice condition.
Ophrys dyris.
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
In the same area there were also several spikes of Fan-lipped (Anacamptis collina), Giant (Himanthoglosum Robertiana) and Somber Bee Orchids (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
I dropped back down to the main track and walked further up the track to the main Pine woods where I checked and counted the numbers of Giant Orchids in the one small area finding at least 130 spikes in flower and three times this number of blind rosettes, the photo's show the variation in this species.
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum Robertiana).
I dropped back on to the low loop where I heard and saw several Common Crossbills (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera).
I continued on around the loop finding a good number of
Conical Orchid (Neotinea conica) spikes, Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera), the last few plants of Broad-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia), Common Fumitory (Fumaria officinalis), Erophila verna, Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), Field Marigold (Calendula arvensis), Grey-leaved Cistus (Cistus albidus), Wild Grape Hyacinth (Muscari neglectum) and Wild Clary (Salvia verbenaca).
Conical Orchid (Neotinea conica).
Southern Early Purple Orchid (Orchis olbienis).
Southern Early Purple Orchid (Orchis olbienis).
Further around the loop I saw lots of Southern Early Purple (Orchis olbienis), a few Yellow Bee Orchids (Ophrys lutea) along the roadside as well as a couple of Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta) and several Small Heaths (Coenonympha pamphilus).
Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea).
Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina).
Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina).

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