Sunday, April 25, 2021

Birding Santa Pola Salinas and Surronding Area

Friday 24th

A good mornings Birding and a big list, so I'll keep it brief and to the best bits, crossing the Salinas stopping at the usual points.

Great crested Grebe

Great white Egret, Purple Heron, lots of Curlew Sandpipers, Collared Pratincoles, Ruff and Reeves, Black tailed Godwits, Wood Sandpiper, the expected arrival of Terns, and some very Smart Yellow Wagtails.

 Yellow Wagtail

First breakfast at El Pinnet was uneventful except for the colony of Common Tern and a mega colony of Slender-billed Gulls, but we did bump into our friend and researcher from the university and exchanged some interesting info.

Gull-billed Tern

We had an amazing few minutes with a Great-spotted Cuckoo, out came the sweets in celebration, Bee-eaters perched up and a Woodchat Shrike sat up nicely for a photo, also Turtle Dove.

Great-spotted Cuckoo

Great-spotted Cuckoo

2nd breakfast watching Gull-billed Terns and another Great-spotted Cuckoo dropped in to say hello, quite a few Corn Bunting calling,  plus 2 more Woodchats.

Woodchat Shrike

Marbled Duck

We did pop into to San Felipe, but left shortly after,  as there were two coach loads of children ages 6 to 10 having great fun and a nature lesson on site,  I wish that I could of been encouraged at that age to get involved into nature.

Long-tailed Tit 

Interestingly did you know

The Long-tailed Tit is not a typical Tit, in fact it isn’t actually a Tit at all! It turns out that the long-tailed is more closely related to the babblers of India and Southeast Asia than it is to the Blue Tits and Great Tits that we associate it with.


Have a great weekend

Cheers BT

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