Sunday, May 28, 2006

Non-avian wildlife

Portugal trip, 14th April to 1st May 2006

Systematic List
Part VII: Non-avian wildlife

Note: All dates refer to April 2006 except where specified.
Species in pink are likely to be of most interest to British birders


Egyptian Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon

Single individuals were seen briefly crossing the road at Ponta da Erva on 19th and Mourão on 21st.

Iberian Hare Lepus granatensis

A few seen at several locations.

Iberian Hare, Mértola - Castro Verde (Portugal), 24-Apr-06
Iberian Hare, west of Mértola, 24th April


Turtle sp.

One at the ETAR waterworks at Montenegro on 15th, 9 at Elvas on 23rd and about 12 at Ludo Farm on 29th with 2 more there on 1st May. The individual at the ETAR waterworks has been identified as probably a Mediterranean Turtle Mauremys leprosa, a common species in Portugal.

Turtle, Montenegro ETAR Waterworks (Portugal), 15-Apr-06
Mediterranean Turtle, ETAR Waterworks (Montenegro), 15th April

Mediterranean Turtles?, Elvas (Portugal), 23-Apr-06
Turtles sp., Elvas, 23rd April

Turtles, Ludo (Portugal), 29-Apr-06
Turtles sp., Ludo Farm, 29th April

Turtle sp., Ludo Farm (Portugal), 1-May-06
Turtle sp., Ludo Farm, 1st May


Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius

One at Elvas on 24th.

Dappled White sp. Euchloe sp.

Appeared to be very common at least in the Alentejo, but unfortunately none were seen well enough to confirm the species identification. The options are Freyer’s Dappled White E. simplonia or Portuguese Dappled White E. tagis. The latter was suspected.

Green-striped White Euchloe belemia

A probable was seen at Castro Marim on 27th or 28th, but the identification was not clinched.

Moroccan Orange-tip Anthocaris belia euphenoides

An orange-tip seen briefly at Tomar on 18th was not identified (and didn’t look particularly yellow-winged). However Moroccan Orange-tip is the only species of Orange-tip showing as present in Portugal.

Clouded Yellow Colias crocea

Very common, especially in the Alentejo.

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Seen in the Alentejo and at Azinhal.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Singles at Montenegro on 15th and Tomar on 18th.

Spanish Marbled White Melanargia ines

Very large numbers of Marbled Whites were present in the Alentejo with smaller numbers elsewhere. Only 1 was fully identified (west of Mértola on 25th).

Spanish Marbled White, Mértola - Castro Verde (Portugal), 25-Apr-06
Spanish Marbled White, west of Mértola, 25th April

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

Plentiful around Azinhal on 28th.

Gatekeeper sp. Pyronia sp.

One at Azinhal on 28th was seen only briefly and not identified. From the date it was presumably either a Spanish Gatekeeper P. bathseba or a Southern Gatekeeper P. cecilia.

Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus

Several seen including at Azinhal on 28th.

Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria aegeria

Small numbers seen at a few localities.


Emperor Anax imperator

One at Castro Marim on 28th.

Emperor, Castro Marim (Portugal), 28-Apr-06
Emperor, Castro Marim, 28th April

Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii

One at Elvas on 23rd.

Red-veined Darter, Elvas (Portugal), 23-Apr-06
Red-veined Darter, Elvas, 23rd April

Western Clubtail Gomphus pulchellus

One at Tareja on 29th.

Western Clubtail, Tarejo (Portugal), 29-Apr-06
Western Clubtail, Tarejo (Portugal), 29-Apr-06
Western Clubtail, Tareja, 29th April


Iris, Montenegro, 15-Apr-06
Iris sp., near Montenegro, 15th April

Water Crowfoot sp., E of Mourão (Spain), 21-Apr-06

Water Crowfoot sp., E of Mourão (Spain), 21-Apr-06
Water Crowfoot sp., east of Mourao, 22nd April

flowers, Tarejo (Portugal), 29-Apr-06
?, Tareja, 29th April

Part I: Wildfowl and Gamebirds
Part II: Grebes to Flamingo
Part III: Raptors to Bustards
Part IV: Shorebirds
Part V: Other non-passerines
Part VI: Passerines

Or to return to the overview of the regions visited, including very brief details of the main birding sites:

Algarve I - 14th to 16th April
Lisbon - 16th to 21st April
Alentejo - 21st to 26th April
Algarve II - 26th April to 1st May