Tuesday, December 29, 2020

There and Back Again

Monday 28th

Here we go again! searching for Tonn, latest satellite data suggests he's in the area around Santa Agueda, San Felipe Neri, and Catral.  The problem is we're in the right area, seeing all the wrong birds. But we're out and about eating slabs of yummy chocolate cake and hot tea and biscuits, football banter, and waiting for the big one to fly over,  and there's always a chance we could turn up something special?

Great white Egret

Sandwich Tern

Little-ringed Plover

 A really good start for today as we crossed Santa Pola Salinas, 7 Great white Egrets, good numbers of  Spoonbills, 3 Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Dunlin, Sandwich Tern, Kingfisher,  big increase in numbers of Cormorants.  Inland in flooded fields, Little-ringed and Ringed Plovers, 2 Greenshank, Wood Sandpipers into double figures, Green Sandpiper, Little Stint, Snipe, Blue Throat, Water and Meadow pipits, Booted Eagle, Marsh Harriers, everything you'd expect to see, at this time of year, but again we failed to connect with Tonn,  I'm starting to feel a bit jinxed over this bird, but I know it's going to feel all the sweeter when we do connect?  

 Grey Plover

Time for second breakfast.

 On the positive side, we are finding many new sites with good potential as we scour the area, it's going to pay back ten times over with knowledge of where to go, how to get there, and what's there. It reminds me a little of finding and tracking down the site for Trumpetet Finch in the valley of Montnegre, which also took time and effort.


Later on dark clouds gathered and the wind got up with some light showers of rain it wasn't nice on the top of the elevated platform at Santa Aqueda.  Having driven back and forth between Santa Aqueda and San Felipe 3 times I was starting to lose the will to live. A flock of Lapwing (100+) all sheltering out of the wind and in amongst 9 Golden Plover, along the Vistabella road.  Returning across Santa Pola Salinas in one concentrated group were 12 Great white Egrets and 2 Greys fishing, shame we couldn't stop for a photo.

Blue Throat

Who said patience is a virtue? It involves going through suffering at times without getting angry or upset?

 It seems to me that is got a bit muddle over time "Who's angry, or upset" 

 now where that ( bad language ) bird


I haven't mentioned any of the small birds seen today but there's lots and lots


Have a great day

Fingers crossed next time



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