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Friday 17 May 2024

Huétor Fields and near Torreón de Albolote, Granada Province, Spain.

Birds on the patch and then a search for butterflies nearer to Granada.
Ebird List for Huétor Fields, 26 Species.
Ebird List for Torreón de Albolote, 23 Species.

Small White (Pieris rapae).
I popped down and checked the fields before heading up towards Granada, I parked at my usual spot and the scanned the trees in the Lucerne fields finding Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), four Black-winged Kites (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus) 3x immatures and an adult, Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) x2, European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) x10, Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) and Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus).
Small White (Pieris rapae).
I decided to head up to a spot near to Granada in Pine Woodlands that surround Torreón de Albolote where I was looking for the rare Spanish Zephyr Blue (Plebejus hespericus) but even though I found plenty of the food plant Astragalus alopecuroides but no butterflies.
Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra).

Astragalus alopecuroides.
Whist I was there I found Small (Pieris rapae), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri), Spanish Gatekeeper (Pyronia bathsheba), Long-tailed Blue (Lampides baeticus), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

Antirrhinum hispanicum.

Helianthemum cinereum ????

Bladder Senna (Colutea arborescens).

Other species included Bladder Senna (Colutea arborescens), Antirrhinum hispanicum, Helianthemum cinereum ??? Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Iberian  Magpie, Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Turtle Dove, Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and a day time calling Scops Owl (Autillo Europeo / Otus scops).
Dusty arrival of the desert makers.

Clearing the vegetation.

 

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