Saturday 16 March 2024

Sierra de Morena, Andujar, Jaen Province, Spain.

Back out looking for the Lynx again.
Ebird List for Área recreativa del Encinarejo area, 22 Species.
Ebird List for Presa del Encinarejo, 24 Species.
Ebird List for La Lancha, 29 Species.

The view from Mirador del Peregrino.
Chamila, Manuel and I were up and out early and after getting a coffee at Restaurante El Rancho headed down to the Rio Jándula, we made a stop at the Mirador del Peregrino seeing Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata), Common Stork's-bill (Erodium ciconium), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs).
Heading along the river just as the fog was lifting.
We continued on down to the river and parked up at the Área recreativa and walked down to the river, on the way we heard the drumming and calling of a
Lesser-spotted Woodpecker (Pico Menor / Dryobates minor) but only got the briefest of views as it flew away.
Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea).
In the same area we also recorded
Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and several Iberian  Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
Looking up the Rio Jándula from the lower bridge.
We moved on up to the far end of the track and went out on to the bridge, after a few minutes there was a swirl in the river and we briefly saw the 
Otter (Nutria / Lutra lutra) which then swam under the bridge and all the way down to the next large pool before surfacing.
Looking down stream from the bridge.

Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus).
Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus).
Whilst we were stood there and walked around the area we also recorded Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Branched Asphodel (Asphodelus ramosus), Snake's Head Fritillary (Fritillaria  lusitanica), Wild Clary (Salvia verbenaca), Narrow-leaved Lupin (Lupinus angustifolius), Tassel Hyacinth (Leopoldia comosa), Spanish Bluebell (Scilla hispanica), Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina) and a Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
Narrow-leaved Lupin (Lupinus angustifolius).
Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas).
Snake's Head Fritillary (Fritillaria  lusitanica).
Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina).
We returned to the car and then headed for the 
La Lancha area again, on the way in we saw Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Red (Ciervo común / Cervus elaphus) and Fallow Deer (Gamo común / Dama dama).
Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
We arrived and we set up in one of the watch points and scanned the surrounding areas, whilst we were there we saw Griffon (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and Cinereous / European Black Vulture (Buitre Negro / Aegypius monachus), Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti), a good sized flock of Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) which were moving North, Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Common Cuckoo, Hobby, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Iberian  Magpie, Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus), Bath (Pontia daplidice) x4, Western Dappled (Euchloe crameri) x25+ and Small White (Pieris rapae) x5, Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) x2, Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra) x1, Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) x4, Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) x3, Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x1, Common Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) x3 and Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) x30+.
Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
Later we returned to the car and started to make our way off the site and went for another meal in the nearby bar where we heard a Tawny Owl (Cárabo Común / Strix aluco) calling before we turned in.
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) passing over head.


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