Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Longest Day

Monday 21st the Longest Day

Good morning

John Edward and I both commented on the blueness of the mountains around Montnegra today  I'm always going on about this Valley it's stunning up here?

More exploration and a definite new potential site for Trumpeter Finch, we'll be keeping an eye on this place and let you know how it pans out? I think we've covered all parts of this Valley, from all sides there's not a track that we've not been down or a village not explored.

 Montnegra does never produce a big list of birds in this valley sometimes there's a raptor or two, and it's mostly what you would expect to see, I must have birded this Valley hundreds of time over the last  15 years regularly. Other site's claim to see more birds, but there's never, ever anything photos to prove the sightings (it's a big list of fictitious birds with no substance) mostly a load of bollocks full of Bullshit and fake news. I could write the same crap watching Emmerdale

 I've got my first birding tour since late 2019  pre covid, it's only 9 birders/photographers from Holland an on and off sort of a week with them, where they choose to do their own thing or go birding/butterfly's so glad that I've been chosen to take them around I have taken the same Dutch birding group around some time ago.

Montnegra Today

Dusky Heath 

A classic Iberian butterfly, spilling over into the South of France and Italy, the dusky heath is a creature of hot, dusty tracks, bushy wasteland and sun-soaked, rocky hillsides. It is common in Spain - usually seen settled on paths or perched on vegetation and twigs near the ground. Although this particular butterfly might have a local variation, see the photo? Like all heaths, it only ever settles with the underside showing, but fortunately, this is quite sufficient for easy identification. Because of the outward displacement of the spot in s.5,

Copper Demoiselle Male

Copper Demoiselle Female

Keeled Skimmer

This species resembles the Black-tailed Skimmer but is slimmer and the male has no black tip. Females and immature males lack the black abdominal pattern. The pterostigma is orange and the thorax usually bears pale stripes. It breeds mainly in fast-flowing streams and flies from June to September. This dragonfly is common in central and southern Europe. Its flight is quite skittish, with frequent hovering, and it lands often. It can fly quite a distance from water, despite its seemingly weak flight. When it perches, the wings are held forward.

Birds seen
Trumpeter Finch, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Rock Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Chough, Bee-eater, Spotted Flycatcher, Nightingale, Black-eared Wheatear, Red-rumped Swallow,

Trumpeter Finch looking tatty

Corn Bunting

Red-legged Partridge

Spotted Flycatcher

A nice morning birding 
In the mountains
Shame no raptors?
Have fun
Cheers Bryan 

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