Saturday, March 30, 2019

San Felipe and surounding areas

San Felipe and Surrounding area
Thursday 28th March
Good morning, My birding friend Trevor Ashley has returned to Spain. To bird the spring migration looks like he's picked a good week. For our first extended mornings  birding, it was good, we followed our normal route which has proved to be the most productive over time.  Huge numbers of Barn Swallow, Plaid Swift, Common Swift, House Martin, into the mix quite a few Sand Martin, highlights included  2 Drake Garganey at San Felipe.

Garganey Bird 1

Garganey Bird 2
 Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, LRP, Marbled Duck, Spoonbill, Great white Egret,  Black tailed Godwit, Red crested Pochard.  A few Yellow Wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail
  White headed Ducks, Common Pochard, Great reed Warbler, Black cap, Water pipit, Purple swamp Hen, Glossy Ibis.

 Wood Sandpiper

 lots of summer plumage Mediterranean Gull, and a few introduced  Red knobbed Coot.

 plenty of the resident type birds like Black winged Stilts, Slender billed Gulls.

 Slender billed Gull

Avocet, Greater Flamingos Marsh Harriers, and Booted Eagle in good numbers.
I'm keep it a short write up  and let a few photos to tell the story.
Tomorrow Yecla lets see what that's got to offer, fingers crossed it will be good.

Today at
 Estepas De Yecla Friday 29th March
As it happens it was good.  Amazingly the temperature was only 3 degrees on arrival with clear sky,  before we left at 1 o'clock it was 23 degrees.    4 Great spotted Cuckoos, Thekla's Lark.

Thekla's Lark

Greater short toed Lark, Calendar Lark,  10 Black bellied Sandgrouse. A very fearless Stone Curlew which came with in a few meters these birds are normally very very flighty or scurry away quickly but not this one.

 Stone Curlew

Trying to conceal behind a little stone

 Lesser Kestrel in several location but highest number around the farm barn, 15 Little owls we stopped counting after that number. Rock Sparrows, Black Wheatear,  Mistle Thrush, Merlin, and Black Restart.

Day off tomorrow from birding and with rain forecast for all day Sunday hopefully it will bring some migrants
Enjoy your Birding
Photos to follow
Cheers Bryan

Sunday birding cancelled
 torrential  rain all day.

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