Saturday 13 April 2024

Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

A quiet afternoon around the house.
Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli).
I had a quiet day in general after three busy days birding and the only thing of note was a Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli) in the front yard.
Later in the afternoon the bell rang and it was nice to see Vanessa and Santi, my near neighbors with a large round of Asparagus which they had picked off one of the fields down near Huétor.

Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

Moth Records for the 12th April 24.
15W Actinic on the terrace, +7.
37 Moths of 19 Species.
Any corrections PLEASE send me a comment on the post, thanks. 

Dawn as I was checking the Moths.
1525 Plutella xylostella (Diamond backed Moth) x1,
5864 Acrobasis obliqua x2, 6531 Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl) x1, 6551 Udea numeralis x3, 6599 Pyrausta sanguinalis (Scarce Crimson & Gold) x1, 6719 Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) x3, 6775 Phyllodesma suberifolia x1, 8328 Nebula ibericata x1, 9100 Acontia lucida (Pale Shoulder) x1, 
5864 Acrobasis obliqua.
5864 Acrobasis obliqua.
6599 Pyrausta sanguinalis (Scarce Crimson & Gold).
6775 Phyllodesma suberifolia.
9100 Acontia lucida (Pale Shoulder).
9140 Eublemma ostrina (Purple Marbled) x1,  9282 Cleonymia pectinicornis x1, 9350 Synthymia fixa (Goldwing) x1, 9433 Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow) x8, 9435/6 Caradrina noctivaga / flavirena x6, 9917 Laconobia oleracea (Bright-line Brown-eye) x1, 10035 Mythimna unipuncta (White Speck) x1, 10238 Peridroma saucia (Pearly Underwing) x1, 10343 Agrotis puta puta (Shuttle Shaped Dart) x2 and 10550 Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) x1. 
9282 Cleonymia pectinicornis.
9350 Synthymia fixa (Goldwing).
9917 Laconobia oleracea (Bright-line Brown-eye).
9435/6 Caradrina noctivaga / flavirena.
An extremely tatty 10550 Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa).

Friday 12 April 2024

El Temple, Cacín Valley, Sierra de Loja and Huetor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

A days birding around the distant and local Patch.
Ebird List for El Temple.
Ebird List for near Ventas de Huelma.
Ebird List for Contraembalse de Bermejalis.
Ebird List for Cacín Valley.
Ebird List for Sierra de Loja / Charca del Negro.
Ebird List for Sierra de Loja, Middle Quarry.
Ebird List for Huétor Fields.

Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) in the early morning sun.
Jeff and I started the day out on the El Temple area, on the way in we had a couple of Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) in flight, a smart Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) which sat on one of the tall pylons and Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) which flew up off the track, we parked at the crossroads of the site seeing and hearing Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix) and Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and the male Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula).
We continued on up the track and then turned off and make our way back to the main road through the site, on this section we saw Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) which was a lifer for Jeff, Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
We crossed on to the fields on the other side of the roads where we parked and scanned an area finding 4
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis), more Stone Curlews and Little Bustards, Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and a second Short-toed Eagle.
Western Black-eared Wheatear (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica).
Western Black-eared Wheatear (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica).
We moved on again and went out on to another area of fields where we saw
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) and as we drove off the site we added Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Collared (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Capra pyrenaica hispanica).
Once we were off the site we went for a coffee and picked up a sandwich for later and then headed off towards the Cacín Valley, on the way we made a stop by the Arroyo de los Frailes where we had another Great-spotted Cuckoo, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, a Stone Curlew, Little Owl, European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) x2, Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Goldfinch.
Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina).
Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina).
We continued on and then went up the Valley to the Contra-embalse de Bermejalis, whilst there we saw and heard a Mallard with at least 9 ducklings, Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), a male Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula) which I was surprised to see was still on the lake, Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), a couple of calling but unseen Water Rails (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) x2, 2 more pale morph Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), a pair of Marsh Harriers, Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Cettis Warbler.
Iris Subbiflora.
We went a short way down the road to the bridge across the Rio Cacín and did a walk checking the bridge and along the road toward El Turro finding Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Blue Hedgehog Broom (Erinacea anthyllis).
We moved up the valley and made a stop in amongst the pines where we sat and scanned a wooded ridge whilst we had our sandwich, we added
Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) and Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea).
Wild Tulip (Tulipa sylvestris).
Wild Tulip (Tulipa sylvestris).
Further up the valley we checked the crags adding just Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) before we headed off to Sierra de Loja, we drove up the crags seeing Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea), Viola dementriaWild Clary (Salvia verbenaca), Tassel Hyacinth (Leopoldia comosa), Spring Cress (Arabis verna), Purple Bugloss (Echium plantagineum), Coal Tit and Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) on the way up and once we were out on the flats we found Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Western Black-eared Wheatear (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Iberian Grey Shrike, Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Common Stonechat and at the far end of the area we picked up Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Black (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) and Northern Wheatear, Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Blue Hedgehog Broom (Erinacea anthyllis), Wild Peony (Paeonia broteri) and Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Capra pyrenaica hispanica).
Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea).
On our way back down we made a stop at a small dell where we saw Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina) and as we dropped down to the middle quarry we added Spectacled Warbler (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata) and Jeff also saw a large Ocellated Lizard (Timon lepidus).
Viola dementria.
Viola dementria.
Linaria species.
At the middle quarry we had views of Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), Wild Tulip (Tulipa sylvestris), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum baeticum), Cloven Petalled Campion (Silene colorata), Buckler Mustard (Biscutella frutescens) and Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes). 
Looking to the South.

and out West.
Our final stop of the day was on Huétor Fields, main target was Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) and we managed to hear a bird but it remained elusive, other species included Montagu's Harrier, Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Western Dappled (Euchloe crameri) and Small White (Pieris rapae).
Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).

Thursday 11 April 2024

Cabo de Gata area, Almeria, Spain.

Another day around the Cabo de Gata area.
Ebird List for Salinas-Observatorio, 41 Species.
Ebird List for Rambla Morales, 34 Species. 
Ebird List for Playa Las Salinas, 2 Species.

The early morning view from the Northern end of the Salinas.
I arrived at the Hide over looking the Northern end of the Salinas near to the village of Cabo de Gata and after a short while I was Joined by Sarah and Michael and we spent a while checking through the species in front of us which included
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Common (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus) and Spotted Redshank (Archibebe Oscuro / Tringa erythropus), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Slender-billed Gulls (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Around the Margins and in the air we added
Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Sand (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Our next stop was at Rambla Morales, on the way we saw a Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) in the village and as we worked our way along the beach towards the Rambla we picked up Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and at the Rambla pool we added Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Common (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) and Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola), Common Redshank, Ruff, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), a Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) which was singing distantly up the far side of the pool in the Tamarisks and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii).
Once we had finished off at the pool we went for a walk to the area where I had see the Richards Pipit (Bisbita de Richard / Anthus richardi) but we didn't see them, however we had a wonderful experiance when 100s of Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) dropped down and started to feed around us, some coming within inches of us.
The Rocks off El Faro.
As we drove back towards Cabo de Gata village we added Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Audouin's Gulls (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Sandwich (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) and Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica) and Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus).
Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra).
Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra).
Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra).
We drove through the town and down to Faro de Cabo de Gata, on the way we drove slowly along the beach side verge and as we went Sarah and Michael had a couple of 
Trumpeter Finches (Camachuelo Trompetero / Bucanetes githagineus) fly up but I only caught a brief view of the second bird and unfortunately we could not relocate the birds.
Iglesia de La Almadraba de Monteleva o Iglesia de Las Salinas.
We got to the Faro but we didn't stay long as there were loads of people there but before we headed off we saw a pair of
Black Wheatears (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), next we had a short walk nearby up to a disused radar station but didn't add anything new, our next stop was for some Lunch and then we called in at the hide on the way to the village but it was quiet and we added nothing new so we drove the track at the back of the Salinas.
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Along the back track we saw 3x
Caspian Tern (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia), a lot more Audouin's Gulls, Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), a heard only Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) and a hunting Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope).
Common Tiger Blues (Tarucus theophrastus).
Our final stop was at Torre Gracia where we spent a while looking for the Common Tiger Blues (Tarucus theophrastus), we were successful but It was hard going as the wind had got quite strong so at this point we called it a day.