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Saturday 8 June 2024

Huétor Tajar and Cerro Hacho, Granada Province, Spain.

Loosing track of the days but as thankfully it doesn't really matter.
Ebird List.
 
Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).
I set off down to Huétor to go to the Bakery to get some bread as I was convinced it was Sunday but I was surprised to see that Mercadona was open so I checked my phone to find that it was still actually Saturday!!!
Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).
Anyway, on the way down to town I counted 5 roosting Little Owls (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), 2 of which were sat on roadside poles.
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota).
Other species included lots of Turtle Doves (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), a male Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) which was being mobbed by a Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and on the verges Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus) and Mallow-leaved Convolvulus (Convolvulus althaeoides).
3963 Zygaena sarpedon.
Silver Sage (Salvia argentea).
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera).
I got the bread and then headed back up passed the house and made my way up to Hacho where I was joined by friend Beth from Loja and we went for a walk looking for Butterflies.
Spanish Gatekeeper (Pyronia bathsheba).
Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia).
Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia).
Dusky Heath (Coenonympha dorus).
We parked at the spot near the quarry and then walked the top part of the loop, on the first section we saw Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Zygaena sarpedon x1, Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) x18+, Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) x13+, Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora) x5, Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) x2, Bath White (Pontia daplidice) x2, Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) x2 and Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus) x1. 
Asteriscus spinosus.
Linum tenue.
Klasea pinnatifida.
Atractylis cancellata.
We also saw several plant species including Silver Sage (Salvia argentea), Pitch Trefoil (Psoralea bituminosa), Field Eryngo (Eryngium campestris), Linum tenue, Asteriscus spinosus, Atractylis cancellata, Purple Bugloss (Echium plantagineum), Purple Phlomis (Phlomis purpurea), Allium sphaerocephalon and Antirrhinum australe.
Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus).

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina).

Bath White (Pontia daplidice).

Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto).

Along the back part of the loop we added
European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) bird wise.
Dianthus broteri subsp broteri.

Centaurium grandiflorum.

Geropogon hybridus.

Centaurea melitensis.

Butterflies and plants found were Blue Spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini), Spanish (Pyronia bathsheba) and Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia), Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), False Ilex (Satyrium esculi), Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus), Blue Spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini), Aphyllanthes monspliensis, Dianthus broteri subsp broteri, Geropogon hybridus, Centaurium grandiflorum and Centaurea melitensis.
Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora).

Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora).

Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora).

Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora).

Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).

Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera).

We walked back to the car, on the way we saw a fast moving 
Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus) and a couple of the very delicate Thread-winged Lacewing (Nemoptera bipennis) which Beth was very pleased to see.
Blue Spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini).

Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).

We then headed back to my place for a drink, in the garden we saw
Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli), Large White (Pieris brassicae), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli).

Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli).


Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

Moth Records for the 7th June 24.
15W Actinic on the terrace, +16
65 Moths of 26 Species.
Any corrections PLEASE send me a comment on the post, thanks.
 
0663 Trichophaga bipartitella.
0663 Trichophaga bipartitella x1, 1361 Zelleria oleastrella x3, 1426 Prays oleae x8,  1655 Ethmia bipunctella x1, 4887 Crocidosema plebejana x1, 5615 Synaphe lorquinalis x1, 5624 Bostra obsoletali x2, 6145 Ematheudes punctella x2, 6619 Uresiphita gilvata x3, 6690 Palpita vitrealis x3, 7725 Menophra japygiaria (Brassy Waved Umber) x7, 7765 Peribatodes ilicaria (Lydd Beauty) x1, 8059 Scopula marginepunctata (Mullein Wave) x2, 8073 Scopula minorata x1, 8599 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug) x1, 8899 Clytie illunaris (Trent Double-stripe) x1, 9100 Acontia lucida (Pale Shoulder) x1, 9128 Odice pergrata x3, 9140 Eublemma ostrina (Purple Marbled) x2, 9370 Heliothis armigera (Scarce Bordered Straw) x2, 9433 Caradrina clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow) x8, 9454 Hoplodrina ambigua (Vine's Rustic) x1, 9460 Spodoptera exigua (Small Mottled Willow) x1, 10034 Leucania loreyi (The Cosmopolitan) x1, 10238 Peridroma saucia (Pearly Underwing) x2 and 10351 Agrotis segetum (Turnip Moth) x1. 
6145 Ematheudes punctella.

6619 Uresiphita gilvata.

8073 Scopula minorata.

9140 Eublemma ostrina (Purple Marbled).

8899 Clytie illunaris (Trent Double-stripe).

10034 Leucania loreyi (The Cosmopolitan).

10351 Agrotis segetum (Turnip Moth).

 

Friday 7 June 2024

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

A walk on the Local Patch.
Ebird List.

Heavy Calima.
I was originally planning to go up Sierra de Loja but the wind and the thick Calima put me off so I just went for a walk down on the fields near Huétor, on the way down I saw one of the regular Little Owls (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) sat on the wires next to one of the wooden poles.
The arrival of the second male Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) which stirred things up a tad.
I parked in the usual spot and walked the Lucerne fields first starting the list off with Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus),  Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Feral (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Turtle (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), a small group of 9 European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
3x Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), the chase is on.
Further round where I was between the fields and the Arroyo I heard the usual male 
Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) calling but as I reached the Walnut trees I looked back and saw a second Male drop in and then a minute or so later there were two males in pursuit of a single female which went on for around 10 minutes.
Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous).
In the same area and out on the fields section I saw a
Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), a single Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus).
Wild Leek (allium ampeloprasum).
As I started to make my way back towards the car along the Arroyo I saw Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Small White (Pieris rapae) x1, Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous) x1, Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) x2, Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) x1, Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Wild Leek (allium ampeloprasum) and Spanish Oyster Thistle (Scolymos hispanicus).
Spanish Oyster Thistle (Scolymos hispanicus).

Thursday 6 June 2024

Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

Moth Records for the 5th June 24.
15W Actinic on the terrace, +17
335 Moths of 25 Species.
Any corrections PLEASE send me a comment on the post, thanks.
 
6619 Uresiphita gilvata.

1361 Zelleria oleastrella x2, 1426 Prays oleae x275+,  1655 Ethmia bipunctella x9, 2420 Eurodachtha canigella x1, 3757 Sophronia humerella x2, 3890 Platyedra subcinerea x1, 4887 Crocidosema plebejana x1, 5615 Synaphe lorquinalis x1, 5624 Bostra obsoletali x2, 6145 Ematheudes punctella x2, 6619 Uresiphita gilvata x1, 6690 Palpita vitrealis x14, 7725 Menophra japygiaria (Brassy Waved Umber) x5, 7765 Peribatodes ilicaria (Lydd Beauty) x2, 8059 Scopula marginepunctata (Mullein Wave) x4, 8599 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug) x1, 8965 Tyta luctuosa (Four-spotted Moth) x1, 9100 Acontia lucida (Pale Shoulder) x1, 9128 Odice pergrata x1, 9370 Heliothis armigera (Scarce Bordered Straw) x2, 9454 Hoplodrina ambigua (Vine's Rustic) x1, 9522 Callopistria latreillei (Latreille's Latin) x1, 9927 Hecatera dysodea x1, 10035 Mythimna unipuncta (White Speck) x1 and 10238 Peridroma saucia (Pearly Underwing) x3. 
7765 Peribatodes ilicaria (Lydd Beauty).

9927 Hecatera dysodea.

9522 Callopistria latreillei (Latreille's Latin).

10238 Peridroma saucia (Pearly Underwing).