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February – WINTER WALKING – Bonelli´s eagle and Griffon vultures nesting, start of bird migration, Spanish Ibex. Beginning of wild narcissi, almond blossom and first orchids (Giant orchid). Plus amphibians.

The resident birds will be actively looking for a mate, or existing pairs renovating old nest sites. The latter includes the protected Bonelli’s eagle which can give an amazing aerial display while warding off any large birds which stray into their territory. Griffon vultures will be alternating their incubation duties, imagine piloting an approximately 9ft … Continue reading February – WINTER WALKING – Bonelli´s eagle and Griffon vultures nesting, start of bird migration, Spanish Ibex. Beginning of wild narcissi, almond blossom and first orchids (Giant orchid). Plus amphibians.
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Blog and website updates / “El Castillejo” Botanic Gardens, El Bosque
« Last post by Clive on December 09, 2017, 12:00 PM »
“El Castillejo” Botanic Gardens, El Bosque

Regular visits to the Botanic Garden in the village of El Bosque are a great way to see the plants of the region as they change through the seasons – without having to search them out individually!There is so much of botanical interest in south western Andalucia and particularly within the natural park areas. The … Continue reading “El Castillejo” Botanic Gardens, El Bosque
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March – Bird migration is in full swing. Wild narcissi, beginning of wildflowers and orchids, plus a growing selection of butterflies.

March brings more migratory birds back to their breeding grounds, with large groups of Short-toed and Booted Eagles passing through to the Central and Northern Spain, and then “our” breeding pairs settling back home. This is also the time when you have a good chance to spot the beautiful white and black Egyptian vultures, which … Continue reading March – Bird migration is in full swing. Wild narcissi, beginning of wildflowers and orchids, plus a growing selection of butterflies.
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Re: Who has eaten(?) my madonna lily seeds?
« Last post by Petrea on December 07, 2017, 18:23 PM »
That´s an idea! But then I would expect them to have broken at least some of the stems - which was not the case!    :noidea:
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Re: Who has eaten(?) my madonna lily seeds?
« Last post by Clive on December 07, 2017, 18:19 PM »
Attack of the goats?
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Who has eaten(?) my madonna lily seeds?
« Last post by Petrea on December 07, 2017, 18:05 PM »
A little mystery: I was away for a few days last week, and when I came back, all the seed pods of my azucenas (Lilium candidum) had disappeared! And I´ve got a lot! The weather had been bad, so I thought: hailstorm, but then I should have found some pods on the ground. The plant is considered poisonous, but usually there is some sort of animal resistant to the poison, so do anyone know of an animal with a taste of lily seeds? It has never happened before in the 10 years, I´ve been here!

The seed pods were all broken off the stem right at the top. Perhaps somebody stole them, but I doubt that anyone would climb up our drive for that purpose
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Blog and website updates / Dangers of Pine Processionary Caterpillars
« Last post by Clive on December 07, 2017, 11:56 AM »
Dangers of Pine Processionary Caterpillars

When in Spain many people may wonder about scorpions, spiders and venomous snakes and will not be aware that they are much more likely to endanger themselves and their pets by getting too close to an innocent looking line of caterpillars that can be found crossing a pavement, road or footpath during the first months … Continue reading Dangers of Pine Processionary Caterpillars
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Insects and creepy-crawlies / Re: ID large flock of mating tiny beetles
« Last post by Petrea on November 23, 2017, 08:46 AM »
Lots of them mating. They all look the same - as far as I could see! Didn´t look like ants to me, more beetlelike.
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Insects and creepy-crawlies / Re: ID large flock of mating tiny beetles
« Last post by Clive on November 22, 2017, 20:30 PM »
Did you take a photo of mating? I wonder if its possible to tell the difference between the sexes???
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Insects and creepy-crawlies / Re: ID large flock of mating tiny beetles
« Last post by Clive on November 22, 2017, 20:28 PM »
Male and female ants....... dispersing.... Many people think that they are all queens but 40 percent are males..... They mate and hopefully she will find a safe place to start a new colony... Fascinating stuff :)
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