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Signs of spring, 2012!

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« on: January 23, 2012, 15:25 PM »
I observed a hummingbird hawk moth in the mountains (ca 700m) yesterday. early, isn´t it?  :)

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 13:58 PM »
Hi Petrea,
 and from the Sierra de Grazalema.....
the last few days have warmed up after more than a week of frosts (worst at -5º) and I have seen Clouded Yellow, Small Copper, Cleopatra and Brimstone butterflies
(as well as Large Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood which have been flying on and off throughout the winter).  (Colias croceus, Lycaena phlaeas, Gonepteryx cleopatra, Gonepteryx rhamni, Nymphalis polychloros, Pararge aegeria)
A mating pair of Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa purpurea violacea!)
A small bat, probably Pipistrelle, whizzing about in the afternoon
On the first of February, a pair of Iberian Green Woodpeckers were calling loudly and repeatedly from the top of a poplar tree (Picus viridis subsp. sharpei)
After around a week with a dawn solo from a Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) , other birds are beginning to join in and for the last 4 days the birds have been chattering throughout the day.
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« Last Edit: February 21, 2012, 21:44 PM by Sue »
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 11:34 AM »
sounds idyllic Sue.

BTW, did you mean Xylocopa purpurea   ... or violacea?

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 21:43 PM »
Ooops, thanks Andy, it seems I have just borrowed the name from an American species (perhaps just too many hours at the screen working in English/Latin/Spanish and not enough in the field)
yes that should be Xylocopa violacea

Can now add Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) which was moving so fast yesterday that I wasn't sure it was even a butterfly
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 21:29 PM »
and today...
several Spanish Festoon butterflies (Zerynthia rumina) and a Dull Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca) newly opened.
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012, 21:54 PM »
Up here in the north the unusual flock of lapwings have disappeared ( may start a sign of winter topic) and I've seen two butterflies, one very dark and one yellow, possibly Small tortoiseshell and Clouded yellow but they were so fleeting.... Special today though was the song of a Spotless starling. A first for me here in Liebana! (Yes, I know they're as common as muck in the rest of Spain).
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2012, 22:07 PM »
As well as the first Swallows on 29/2/12 Hirundo rustica – Golondrina Común, today I saw a Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus – Culebrera Europea and I think several Woodchat shrikes Lanius senator – Alcaudón Común

The dawn chorus is getting stronger each day now and a Scops Owl Otus scops – Autillo, joined in the other morning!
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 18:48 PM »
A snake moved across the road in front of us today! Too far away to ID for sure. However, it seemed to have a pattern, so my best guess is: a fair size specimen of horseshoe whipsnake, which is the type most frequently found dead on the roads here.  :'(   I think this one made it - this time (narrow road without much traffic). :santa_afro:

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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2012, 22:20 PM »
Today first cranes flying northeast....
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 14:59 PM »
Damn, not all signs of spring are welcome: hayfever!!!!     :banghead:   :banghead:    :banghead:


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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2012, 13:42 PM »
Muuuuch better today: a chameleon was walking through my garden!     :clapping:   :clapping:

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