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Tuesday 23 April 2024

Huétor Fields in Granada Province and Mirador del Alto de Hondonero near Villanueva del Rosario and Arroyo de las Cañas in Malaga, Malaga Province, Spain.

Steve's last day of Butterfly and Orchid hunting in Spain.
Ebird List for Huétor Fields, 16 Species.

The Male Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
We Started the day with a quick visit to the fields to the North of Huétor where we started the list with Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Steve, Lynn and Steve up at the Mirador del Alto de Hondonero.
Next we headed out to Malaga Province and picked up Lynn and Steve from near Villanueva del Rosario where they were staying and we then headed up to the Mirador del Alto de Hondonero area where we were going to be looking for Butterflies and Orchids.
Small Woodcock Orchid (Ophrys picta).
Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri).
Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri).
Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri).
Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).
Small Coppers (Lycaena phlaeas).
We parked below the main Mirador and had a walk around the Oak woodlands there finding Small Woodcock (Ophrys picta), Yellow Bee (Ophrys lutea), Pink Butterfly (Orchis papilionacea) and some over with Bumble-bee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora), Chapman's Blue (Polyommatus Thersites) and Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and Iberian  Magpie.
Southern Blue (Polyommatus celina).

Chapman's Blues (Polyommatus Thersites).
Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).
Southern Blue (Polyommatus celina).
Small White (Pieris rapae).
We returned to the car and went up to the Mirador where we went for a walk down into the meadows below the parking area and found Black-veined (Aporia crataegi) and Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri), Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Southern Blue (Polyommatus celina), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea), Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Western Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri).
Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi).
From the meadows we took the track down to the next open area, on the way we added Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli) and Cone-head Mantis (Empusa pennata).
Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera).
Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera).
Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli).
Cone-head Mantis (Empusa pennata).
Rosy Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus onopordi).
Rosy Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus onopordi).
Rosy Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus onopordi).
On the open area below there were good numbers of
Rosy Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus onopordi), Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes), Convolvulus tricolor subsp. tricolor, Nigella damascena, Portuguese Squill (Scilla peruviana), Western Orphean Warbler (Curruca Mirlona / Sylvia hortensis), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Iberian Wingless Mantis (Apteromantis aptera) and on the way back up before we reached the car we found a single spike of Ophrys algarviensis.
Iberian Wingless Mantis (Apteromantis aptera).
Iberian Wingless Mantis (Apteromantis aptera).
Nigella damascena.
Portuguese Squill (Scilla peruviana).
Convolvulus tricolor subsp. tricolor.
We had our lunch and the dropped down passed our first stop to some meadows below and again searched the area and found some more species for the day including Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula), Mallow (Carcharodus alceae) and Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina), Panoptes (Pseudophilotes panoptes) and False Baton Blue (Pseudophilotes abencerragus).
Ophrys algarviensis.
Ophrys algarviensis.
Our final stop was a little further down the hill but all we managed to add there was another Cone-head Mantis and a flyby Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychlorus) before we headed off and dropped Lynn and Steve off again.
Cone-head Mantis (Empusa pennata).

Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus alceae).

Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).

Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula).

Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula).
False Baton Blue (Pseudophilotes abencerragus).
False Baton Blue (Pseudophilotes abencerragus).
False Baton Blue (Pseudophilotes abencerragus).
Steve and I then headed towards the Airport but before we went there we stopped off and looked for the long staying Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes) which we found quite a way further upstream from where  I had seen it before, in the same area we added Green (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).
Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes).
Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes).
We went for something to eat and then I dropped Steve off for his flight home after a very successful few days. 
Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes).

Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes).

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