Sunday, 17 April 2022

Alhama Gorge, Alhama de Granada, Granada Province, Spain.

A new mammal species for my Granada list.

Otter (Nutria / Lutra lutra).
We all headed out south and parked by the Pantaneta de Alhama and scanned the pool from the Observatorio de aves where I was over the moon to see my first live Otter (Nutria / Lutra lutra) in Granada hunting along the far shore.
Otter (Nutria / Lutra lutra).
On the water and around the margin there were several Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius).

Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).

Other species seen along the walk were Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia).
Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias).
Butterflies included Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes) x6, Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) x2, Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) x1, Large White (Pieris brassicae) x3 and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x4.
Sarcocapnos enneaphylla.
Linaria aeruginea.
Wild flowers seen were Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea), Cloven Petalled Campion (Silene colorata), Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias), Sarcocapnos enneaphylla and Linaria aeruginea

1 comment:

Andy Mountford said...

Great that you saw otter. I'm a bit envious!