Saturday, April 25, 2009

Brief Saturday report

Marbled White: Melanargia titea titania. Taken by Avremi. I mistakenly called them 'clouded whites' a few times lately, must go back and correct that.

Zoom up of the cat thyme germander flowers, showing how they look like tiny fleurs de lys. Below, leaves of this plant.

Small unidentified plant with seed pods, just up from the orchard. If I'd seen which plant it was before it had the pods I might have known!

White storks still about.. 11 individuals counted coming over the hill and heading into the trees to roost at about 6.30 p.m.

Stone curlew heard later in the evening from the direction of east field.

Collared doves: very active , cooing, flight display with flight call. Turtle doves cooing. Laughing doves and Feral pigeons around the buildings. House sparrows, white spectacled bulbuls, graceful warblers all vocal and active. Blackbirds in song in Bauhinia, vocal and active in the forest. Great tits also calling today. Husband heard drumming of woodpecker, first we've heard from Syrian woodpeckers in a while. Hooded crows and jackdaws active. Quite a few Buteos active in the area, soaring overhead, some being harassed by the local hooded crows. One tried to settle in mid East valley and was chased out of the tree by several crows.

Husband saw fox by north corner of valley road, near the large acacia there. He also found some blue composites.. Lactuca? They had closed up late afternoon.

Range: 11.5-21 degrees C. Time of walk: ~18 degrees C. humidity 50% , winds W/NW 6-8 kt

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