Sagres raptor migration October 2010 – when the birds got boring!
Also more frequent in number during this trip were Migrant Hawkers. Many more than previous years, particularly in the Sagres area.
Away from Sagres, plenty of dragonflies are easily seen in the Boca Do Rio, three species of Emperor, hawkers and plenty of darters.
Mothing wise it was pretty quiet this time around. The only one of note was a Crimson Speckled out mid-afternoon during heavy rain in the Boca Do Rio, while Hummingbird Hawk-moths appeared to be present in good number from Lagos west to Sagres.
With few flowers out, butterfly numbers weren’t huge but Small Copper, Painted Lady, Peacock and Red Admiral were seen each day.
Only regular, albeit beautiful, Swallowtail were seen and a few Long-tailed Blue were on the wing.
And if that wasn’t enough to fill the time, there was always the impressive looking longhorn Monochamus galloprovincialis to watch… not many on ‘the hill’ in Sagres but still seen most days.
Grasshoppers were plentiful, albeit species variety didn’t seem that diverse!
Blue-winged Grasshopper Oedipoda caerulescens (above), and ‘Red-winged’ Grasshopper Oedipoda germanica (below), look pretty dull on the deck… but when they fly they are stunning.
Searching around the pines I noticed this Graphosoma lineatum – a rather striking little bug.