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Saturday 27 April 2024

Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

Moth Records for the 26th April 24.
15W Actinic on the terrace, +11.
38 Moths of 18 Species. 
Any corrections PLEASE send me a comment on the post, thanks. 

Gelechid species but which ???????????
1361 Zelleria oleastrella x1, 5539 Hellinsia coniodactylus x1, 5624 Bostra obsoletali x1, 6531 Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl) x4, 6690 Palpita vitrealis x3, 6719 Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) x2, 8246 Orthonama obstipata (The Gem) x6, 8509 Eupithecia centarueata (Lime-speck Pug) x1, 9206 Cucullia calendulae (Marigold Shark) x1, 9350 Synthymia fixa (Goldwing) x1, 9370 Helicoverpa armigera (Scarce Bordered Straw) x1, 9425 Caradrina proxima x1, 9433 Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow) x8, 9435/6 Caradrina noctivaga / flavirena x3, 9454 Hoplodrina ambigua (Vine's Rustic) x1, 10238 Peridroma saucia (Pearly Underwing) x1 and 10351 Agrotis segetum (Turnip Moth) x1.
5624 Bostra obsoletalis.
6531 Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl).
5539 Hellinsia coniodactylus.
9206 Cucullia calendulae (Marigold Shark).
9370 Helicoverpa armigera (Scarce Bordered Straw).
9454 Hoplodrina ambigua (Vine's Rustic).
10238 Peridroma saucia (Pearly Underwing).

Friday 26 April 2024

El Temple, Granada Province, Spain.

A day out with friends from the Alpujarra's.
 
A view out over the fields.
I was early at the meeting point so I checked the fields nearby finding Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Greater Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Feral Pigeon (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
A pale morph Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) mobbing an immature Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti).
I arrived at the meeting point and had a coffee before, Kiersten, Polly and Anne arrived and we headed out towards the El Temple area, on the way we made a brief stop at a semi-disused Cortijo seeing several Lesser Kestrels (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), European Bee-eater, Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) and a couple of pale morph Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) which were mobbing an immature Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti).
Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).
Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).
Bath White (Pontia daplidice).
As we entered the main area and had Collared Dove, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Corn Bunting and as we drove out into the fields and along the tracks we saw Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and then in a fallow field we photographed Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Adonis annua, Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Red-horned Poppy (Glaucium corniculatum), Roemeria sicula, Roemeria hybrida, Hypecoum imberbe, Silene muscipula and Bath White (Pontia daplidice).
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus).
Adonis annua.
Red-horned Poppy (Glaucium corniculatum).
Roemeria sicula.
Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas).
Roemeria hybrida.
Silene muscipula.
We finished the plant photo's we continued on around the tracks seeing Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).
Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).
We crossed to the upper side of the area and spent some time searching for and then watching a male Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) as well as Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) and Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
We crossed back to the far side of the area again and headed for some lunch in Ventas de Huelma, on the way out we found
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum), Maritime Squill (Urginea maritima), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Small White (Pieris rapae), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) Field.
Kiersten amongst the Poppies.
Kiersten and Anne Photographing the Poppies.
We had a drink and some food before we started to head back towards Padul but via a few tracks where we added a second Short-toed Eagle but this time a younger paler bird, Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula). 
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum).
We returned to Padul and the ladies headed off and I went home after a very pleasant few hours.

Thursday 25 April 2024

Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

Moth Records for the 24th April 24.
15W Actinic on the terrace, +6.
38 Moths of 21 Species. 
Any corrections PLEASE send me a comment on the post, thanks. 
 
628 Nemapogon nevadella.
Still dropping cold over night, 628 Nemapogon nevadella x1, 0706 Monopis nigricantella x1, 1361 Zelleria oleastrella x1, 1525 Plutella xylostella (Diamond backed Moth) x1, 6531 Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl) x1, 6690 Palpita vitrealis x1, 6719 Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) x6, 7564 Itame vincularia x1, 8059 Scopula marginepunctata (Mullein Wave) x1, 8169 Idaea cervantaria x1, 8246 Orthonama obstipata (The Gem) x4, 8328 Nebula ibericata x2, 8599 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug) x1, 9056 Autographa gamma (Silver Y) x1, 9425 Caradrina proxima x1, 9433 Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow) x8, 9435/6 Caradrina noctivaga / flavirena x1, 10022 Mythimna l-album (L-Album Wainscot) x1, 10035 Mythimna unipuncta (White Speck) x1, 10343 Agrotis puta puta (Shuttle Shaped Dart) x1 and 10351 Agrotis segetum (Turnip Moth) x2.
6531 Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl).


8169 Idaea cervantaria.

8328 Nebula ibericata.

9425 Caradrina proxima.

 

Wednesday 24 April 2024

El Temple and Cacín Valley, Granada Province, Spain.

Back out and about with Lynn and Steve.
Ebird List for Contra-embalse de Bermejalis.

A view towards Sierra Nevada.
I met Lynn and Steve down in Huétor Tajar and we headed out to the El Temple area where we searched the fields, on the way into the site we picked up Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata).
Roemeria hybrida.
Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) and Roemeria hybrida.
Once we were out on the site we parked and scanned the fields finding Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and at our second stop Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) and a couple of flyby Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis).
Corn Poppies (Papaver rhoeas).
Corn Poppies (Papaver rhoeas).
Steve Photographing Roemeria hybrida.
In the fields we saw lots of Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Roemeria hybrida, Silene muscipula and Hypecoum imberbe, Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa),  Small (Pieris rapae), Black-veined (Aporia crataegi) and Western Dappled Whites (Euchloe crameri) and Rabbits (Conejo / Oryctolagus cuniculus). 
Silene muscipula.
Unfortunate Road casualty, a Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) must have been hit by a car just before we came along the road.
We crossed to the far side of the area and checked out some more tracks seeing
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), a dark morph Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius), Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa).
Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa).
Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa).
We left the El Temple area and headed for the Cacín Valley through the huge area of destruction being allowed in the name of NET ZERO but at any cost to the environment and the wildlife, the Spanish Government seem to be willing to turn massive areas of the Province into Solar deserts where there used to be Little Bustard, Sandgrouse and lots of other species breeding, RANT OVER.
Male Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula).
Male Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula) in pursuit of a female Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina).
We reached the Contraembalse de Bermejalis where we soon found several species of interest including the male Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula) which has been around for a week or two, a passage Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica) and a newly arrived Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea) which was my first for the year.
Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).
Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).
Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea).
We also saw Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Common (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), European Bee-eater, Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Barn Swallow, Corn Bunting, Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea) and several Western Dappled Whites.
Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura).
Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura).
Our next stop was below the dam where we spent some time walking along the Irrigation channel where we saw or heard Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi), Blue-eye (Erythromma lindenii) x5 adults plus several Larva, Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) x2, Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) x3 and Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua).
Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) Male.

Blue-eye (Erythromma lindenii).
Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi).
On our way back we popped into Balsa de Regidor briefly were we found Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard, Blue / Common  x1 and  Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) x2, Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) x4, Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum) x8.  
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum).
Our final stop of the day was on the fields at Huétor but it was quite warm so it was quiet and we only managed to find the Black-winged Kites (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus) and a couple of Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).