Sunday, 24 April 2022

Lagos, Motril, Granada Province, Spain.

Mothing with Dave and Miguel.
I meet Dave and Miguel at Padul for a night down towards the coast where we were going to set a few moth traps up, it was the second night that they had been out but unfortunately I had missed the first but I was pleased to be joining them for the second but I was not sure the weather was going to be kind.
As it turned out apart from a short shower we were Ok and we did quite well but not as well as Miguel had expected but that was mostly due to the weather over the last few weeks.
Amephana aurita.

Cleonymia yvanni.

Anyway we arrived and set two traps at one site and then dropped down into a steep valley where we put out five more traps of various types including LED, Actinic and MV before sitting down for some food and a beer.
Striped Hawk-moth (Hyles livornica) one of six.
During the evening I heard and saw Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor Perdicera / Hieraaetus faciatus), Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and the first site and then later down in the valley Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) and both Little (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) and Scops Owl (Autillo Europeo / Otus scops) were heard calling.
Bloxworth Snout (Hypena obsitalis).
In the morning we checked the traps and found good numbers of nice species as well as a few spikes of Pink Butterfly Orchid (Orchis papilionacea).
Epirrhoe sandosaria.

Toulgoetia cauteriata.

Moths included
Bloxworth Snout (Hypena obsitalis) x1, Epirrhoe sandosaria x3, Toulgoetia cauteriata x1, Cleonymia yvanni x1, Amephana aurita x7 and Striped Hawk-moth (Hyles livornica) x6.

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