Thursday, September 17, 2020

Time to Say Goodbye





Good morning

Apologies for no updates for Birding Costa Blanca for the last
  3 to 4 weeks.
In my last Blog, I mention I had had a upset stomach.
Unusual for me! to feel so unwell for so long and feel so lethargic.
Now back to full strength.

Back to Birding

Kingfisher

John Edward and i have been visiting the Clot on a regular basis sometime twice a week mostly at first light.  I've got a hunch the Clot is gonna turn up a decent Wader or Crake in due course, hence the repeat visits. 2 weeks a go I am pretty sure there we're 2 Female Garganey which disappeared into the distant reeds and lost, and last week a flypast of possible a Marsh Sandpiper which i didn't get on, till it was to late, and flew into an area which couldn't be observed.  I'm gutted?

Tomorrow we're going inland to Yecla we've not to been able to get there since the end of lockdown, eager to see what around, and what's has changed.

Yecla
Tuesday 15th


A record time in arriving.  In only just over an hour.  John for years was as a driver for the Formula 1 Black, Maria squad cars and the Armed quick response team has its benefits.
More time Birding.

 Yecla roads system has changed dramatically,  loads of redirection and reroutes. But it gets you there fast.

I enjoy Yecla today, it was good to have a change of scenery it was magic and very beautiful.
For me it's all about birds but honestly, this place takes some beating in terms of view's, and vistas,  Breathtaking.
 The corn crazy fields have now gone and replaced with a new crop of Maize. And stinky Cabbage Crops. But there are acres of vines and olives groves.

Snow geese 

Bird wise it was for me was a disappointment  I have probably set my sights too high.
But there were some highlights.
We found a group of Snow Geese which is now on my list as a
Very rare migrant?  For Spain
Shame they didn't pass the bread test?


Snow geese

An amazing fresh yellowy/green Willow Warbler showed, which we don't get to see that often,  Northern Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Rock Sparrows, Tree Sparrows, Thekla's Lark,
 40 Choughs, and Ravens, and a good number of Common Kestrel, I couldn't even string one into a Lesser, and oddly not one Calandra Lark or Short toed Lark

Unusually a lot of Hoopoe's which sat up for a photo or two which I guess are  also on move?
 Everything is heading in the same direction of South.
 Bee-eaters and all the Hirundines have got the message. Even the European Starlings have arrived?


Willow Warbler

Thekla's Lark


Hoopoe

It's Time to say goodbye
To the summer migrants

Not mention every bird seen
At some point
We will be back
Have a great day
Cheers
BT







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