Today John and I thought we'd check out the Santa Pola Salinas it's our local patch, and check out our most productive route around and ending up at San Felipe.
I have to say it was mostly quiet everywhere, but we did have some good moments, more of that later.
Across the Salinas, compared to other visits, it was a bit dead. Rafts of Great-crested Grebe. Good views of 12 Great White Egret, from the area of the big stones.
|Great White Egret 7 of 12|
No Spoonbills. A few small waders on the muddy margins, as we crossed the Salinas but unable to stop to check out the ID due to volume of traffic. lots of Greater Flamingo, Avocet and Black winged Stilt.
Virtually no mud and big areas of fencing blown down, a waste of effort going there. I'll give this place a miss till water levels drop
At La Marine and the coast, nothing much to report but 20+ Grey Herons flew from the fish farms out at sea to the coast which was different. The Herons are obviously after the fish out there? There are a good number of Grey Heron around everywhere.
| Wood Sandpiper|
Some major work has been going on,
all the scrub has been cleared, trees have been cut back and paths cleared, and the main pool has been flooded.
But not one Water Pipit??? Which is unusual as they been seen elsewhere?
Other bird's seen at least 5 Bluethroats. Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, LRP, lots of Common Kestrel, Lesser black-backed Gull, Shell Duck, numbers of Stonechat have increased and Swallows still buzzing about.
Not much going on around the visitor centre, the main lake you could hardly see anything. The usual Marbled Duck and Red knobbed Coot were about. It was very hard to view anywhere it could all do with a cut back and the water in the main pool looked a odd colour, we didn't look at the outer pools as we felt it was all a bit flat and with no birds?
So we called it a day and headed for home
A nice days birding thank God for flooded fields