Sunday 17 March 2024

Sierra de Morena, Andujar, Jaen Province, Spain.

Day three of the search.
Ebird List for Presa del Encinarejo.
Ebird List for  La Lancha.
Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).
We were out early again and started down at the bridge below the dam on the Rio Jándula, there was a guy there who told us that the
Otter (Nutria / Lutra lutra) had gone out very early, we stayed there for a while and picked up Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and 5 Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser) which flew up onto the Reservoir above the Dam.
Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
After a while started to walk along the river and a little later we caught here up but not before we saw an adult Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax) in the bushes on the far side of the river and a singing Iberian Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Ibérico / Phylloscopus brehmii) in the Oaks.
Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea).
then parked on the side of the road at the start of the track and again checked the area near the river seeing an adult Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), another Kingfisher and a couple of noisy Perez's Frogs (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
We moved on and headed back up to the stakeout spot at La Lancha where we spent the rest of the day scanning the slopes and crags, whilst there we picked up an immature Iberian Imperial Eagle,and later an adult bird which was carrying a Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Griffon (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and Cinereous / European Black Vulture (Buitre Negro / Aegypius monachus), Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), 2x pale Morph Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) and Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris). 
Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Wild flowers seen included Iberian Milk-vetch (Astragalus lusitanicus), Little Robin (Geranium purpureum), Brown Bluebell (Dipcadi serotinum), Eruca (Eruca sativa), Lesser Snapdragon (Misopates orontium),  Field Marigold (Calendula arvensis), Narrow-leaved rock-rose (Cistus monspeliensis), Grey-leaved (Cistus albidus) and Gum Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) and Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata).  
Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti) Adult.

Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti) Adult.

There were also a few butterflies on the wing including
Bath (Pontia daplidice) and Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Common Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina) and Swallowtail (Papilio machaon). 
Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs).
Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
On the way out we decided to check the area near the Toro Fields where two guys had seen the Lynx on the Saturday morning but we only managed to pick up a noisy Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) which flew through the area.
Red Deer (Ciervo común / Cervus elaphus).

Before we reached the digs we had Cloven Petalled Campion (Silene colorata), Fallow (Gamo común / Dama dama) and Red Deer (Ciervo común / Cervus elaphus). 
Iberian Milk-vetch (Astragalus lusitanicus).
Cloven Petalled Campion (Silene colorata).

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