An unexpected email arrived? fancy a few hours Birding this afternoon, okay I answered see you later on.
And so very productive 3 hours Birding with No bins member and top Photographer Mark Etheridge link below.
Mark also writes a monthly Birding Article for the very popular Gran Alacant magazine link below,and read his article
To be honest it was a bit of a flat start with, but it only takes one bird to get it going.
We crossed the Santa Pola Salinas, water levels are very high after resent rains, so there are very few muddy margins,
Common Terns are back, a few Stone Curlew sounding off, plenty of Sandwich Terns and Slender billed Gull's there, and the resident usuals.
Lower levels around the back of la Marina
It was quiet with few bird's, and at Pallet Road a new bird for that area, nothing special a pair of Monk Parakeet, and distant single Bee-eater. The high point was the possessed crazy dog who goes mad everytime we see him, I tease him a lot.
Anyway we persevere and found a Whinchat, a good migrant to find and it was showing off in front off us, "we're on a roll now"
A point blank Corn Bunting, there almost everywhere, around grassland's and crops. So no big deal, Woodchat Shrike x 2, Nightingale sounding off in most reed beds or water area's Great reed Warbler's cracking off, also Reed Warbler in several places.
Common birds seen or heard Zitting Cisticola, Stone Curlew, Marsh Harriers, Kestrel, Serin, Gold Finch, a drive by of Dunlin ? on the Salinas or could they be Curlew Sandpiper?
We like to end on a high
And today we bump into a Male Montague's Harrier on the way home on the M332 A stunning male and no chance to stop the car in the traffic, maybe next time?
And with migration now in full swing and most birds are in, who know what next?