Wednesday 10th of March
Hi there and good morning
Well, yesterday we had a look around our route around the Salinas of Santa Pola, and inland later we do this route quite often, it's stupid to drive past without having to look. we cross the N332, 1st stop 36 very smart full Sumner plumage Mediterranean, Gulls, Audouin's, Slender bills, lesser b backed, Black-heads, Sandwich Tern, Spoonbills 5+ and 5 Great White Egret, A distant Osprey hovered
A quick pull in at El Pinet didn't produce much as the water levels are were high the highlight there was 2 Stone Curlew.
At the back of La Marine our 1st Little Owl for a long time, a Booted Eagle drifted over high up into the sun which made ID difficult and a Buzzard perched up, and then on to Palm farm Road and a tea stop, the brown and crunchy welsh cakes supplied by Gareth were scoffed up while watching 75 + House Martins and the odd Swallows drift by. The welsh cakes remind me of Rugby, Sheep and one Wellington boot?
This photo is the closest I have to the plumage of our latest bird
Date: 15/04/2018 Model: Canon EOS 5D
Through the agricultural area, we heard several Corn Bunting and eventually managed to pick out a bird, our route took us towards Sante Aquada we came across a flood area and our star bird of the day an almost summer plumage Ruff, we don't get to see them that often in this plumage it catches you out as your not expecting to see them like this, Nice bird shame we couldn't get closer. By the time he reaches the breeding grounds, he probably will be in full breeding plumage.
And despite our efforts to connect with our target bird a Great-spotted Cuckoo we failed so it'll have to wait for another day
Springs arrived and the sun is here
Other Waders seen today Kentish Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Avocet, Ruff, little stint, Black-tailed Godwit 25+ and a few kingfishers.
Have a great day