Tuesday, June 15

Bird of the Century




My old mates and birding friends on the Isles of Scilly have just made history they just found a Mega Bird, not just a mega but a mega of mega's ?

Egyptian vulture has been seen in the UK for the first time in what is believed to be more than 150 years.
The bird in question is Egyptian Vulture Described as a "once-in-a-century" sighting, it is thought it may have come to the Isles of Scilly from Northern France.

Egyptian Vulture Tresco Isles of Scilly

If the "incredibly rare" sighting is confirmed to be a wild bird, it would be the first since 1868,  mind-blowing?
Birdwatchers are expected to flock to the isles for a chance to spot it before it moves on

Wow-what a bird for Scilly and so very glad, my friend  Will Wagstaff  ( A legend ) was in on it, well done Will.
Primetime BBC 6 o'clock news  crazy
  unbelievable 

 It got me wondering what my Scilly list would now be when I left the Isles of Scilly. I was on 377  give or take a few splits not bad for a few square miles of land.

 Will Wagstaff, was at that time already over 400 so "Wills Scilly list" must be on loads more?
Will,  can you let me know where you are now?

Scilly Birders are normally very well travelled and have seen loads of rare birds around the globe and on Scilly, which is a major asset to them. Their awareness of the unthinkable is unthinkable and they are probably some of the best birders in the UK and are very much respected worldwide,

Great bird, so so, happy for the guys on Scilly
Make the news
Hope no resident birder missed it
Cheers  
Bryan Thomas


Egyptian Vulture

My photo from the Pyrenees 



















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Sunday, June 13

Flowers, Butterflies, and Birds. A Mash Up


Apologies I've not had the time to write the blog for weeks, so I'm going to have to summarise our birding, 

it's better to be out there birding and making the news than writing it up

Tuesday 8th June Sierra de Salinas in Bloom





Painted Lady



Striped Greyling

An interesting area which does look very promising for birding, it's our second visit in as many weeks, but it was the flowers and butterflies which made the day, not a big bird list, and at the lower levels Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Greater short-toed Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Chough, Raven,  lots of little birds, and upon the mountain Mistle Thrush, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Crested Tit, Common Buzzard, Rock Bunting, Bonelli's Warblers, Jay, Merlin, Wood Lark, I've not mentioned every bird seen, or heard 



False ilex Hairstreak


Bath White



Spanish Gatekeeper


Meadow Brown


Southern Blue



Greater short-toed Lark


Friday 11th June
 A Full day birding on the plains

Petrola, Corral Rubio, Bonete, Castile la Mancha, El Bachillar, etc


Clouded Yellow

Well, another superb day but the butterflies won the day for me, that's not to say the birding was bad. It's just the butterflies are in pristine condition and most of the birds are looking a tad bit tatty, it's not surprising they just finished breeding, so there entitled to look just a bit tatty.


The cornfields are high and ready to be cropped it's beautiful up there with all the different colours of soil and crops, it's worth making the effort just for the scenery. 
Unbelievable.

Clouded Yellow


Knapweed Fritillary


Great Bustard, under the belt and easy, also several close fly past, Rock Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Chough, Greater short-toed Lark, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Yellow Wagtails, Lapwing, Kentish Plover, Little-ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Black-necked grebe, Purple Swamphen, Great reed Warbler, Nightingale, Marsh Harriers, Gadwall, Red-crested, white-headed, Pochard, and so on. 


Great Bustard


 It's a big birds list so I'll stop now.  No major birding moment, well maybe there was a moment, how often do you get to see 25+ Chough close up at less than 5 meters? 

Lapwing


Little-ringed Plover


Rock Sparrow


 Juvenile Chough

The moment of the day for me was the abundance of Clouded Yellow and the very beautiful but Small Knapweed Fritillary. I'm a birder but you're got to appreciate these butterflies 

Small White


 Iberian Marbled White


Knapweed Fritillary









European Roller


poppies?

I've seen these poppies grown here many time before, field upon field on the plains. 

But I haven't questioned what the crop is grown for, I thought maybe for cooking, but I have an idea the crop is for medical use to make morphine, its opium poppy.

it's almost the longest day?

Today 14th June

Santa Pola Salinas, El Pinet, La Marina, Vistabella Road, etc, 


We planned to find and photograph European Roller which we did easily, (4) also finding a least 4 Great-spotted Cuckoo in the process, but we didn't manage any photographs of the G S Cuckoos,

                                                                       European Roller                                  
                                          


 Santa Pola Salinas was quiet, but the normal summer breeders were busy, and at La Marina Kentish plover and young entertained us.

                                                                                 


        Little Owl


 A Peregrine falcon perched on a distant pylon. And a little Owl stood its ground and obliged to me a photographed, Bee-eaters we're around and calling.

                                           Marbled Duck                                       

 On Vistabella Road 16 Marbled Duck and also good numbers of Collared Pratincoles.  We called in briefly to San Felipe VC, it's got that funny coloured water again and not many birds, but Great reed Warblers we're cracking off in several places.

                              Great reed Warbler                           


 It was getting hot, so we called it a day,
A nice morning birding

Have fun 
Cheers Bryan













Friday, May 28

SIERRA DE SALINAS ALICANTE


Hi there and good morning everybody

 I've been so busy and I've got lots going on and so, unfortunately, I've not had the time to write my blog as I would like to, so this time to keep the news up to date, I'd like to redirect you to my friend's excellent blog,  for the news, 

it's because of the massive rainstorm over the weekend. This has caused some major problems for me.

Today we did however have the company of CBBC's Malcolm Plamer (A legend)

 who helped us along the way and guided us to through some unknown area's, 

 see the link below for a full rundown of what's was seen.

The link below Notes from a Birder and Writer.

John Edwards

And my photos below

Greater Short-toed Lark


Tawny Pipit


Short-toed Eagle

It's a bit crazy that we've come full circle and our unintentional offshoot off CBBC has evolved and our very small group, the NBBC  (No bins bird club ) are grateful to CBBC for putting like-minded people together.

Have a great fun day


Wednesday, May 19

Yeckla or local Patch thats the Question ?

 


Well our local patch won

Good morning everybody, and we decide to do our normal route which normally produces a good number of species.

 Great white Egret, Squacco, and Purple Heron, Collared Pratincoles, plus 25 pairs of little Tern under the belt, and all at our first stop. Looks like the majority of migrant waders have now gone through and only the breeding birds are left.

Collared Pratincole

We did however have a Peregrine Falcon On a power pylon, which we watch for some considerable time? But couldn't turn it into anything else.

Collared Pratincole

Today there were several moments throughout our day, the first moment was connecting with Great-spotted Cuckoo, not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, but probably 6 including the heards, also Common Cuckoo calling for most of the day, all very showy and vocal.

Great-spotted Cuckoo

Great-spotted Cuckoos

Our next prolonged moment was the at least 4 displaying European Rollers, performing all over the place, and aerial, not happy and with the close proximity of nesting Common Kestrels in the same building, it was havoc. But great to watch the aerial combat.

 European Roller

 European Roller

 European Roller

Bee-eater

Bee-eaters  we're also very prominent. 

Other bird was seen well

Whiskered Tern may be 70+ birds, lots Common Tern, Audouin's Gull, Mediterranean Gull, thousands of Slender-billed Gulls, and Common Tern, Little Owl. Yellow Wagtails.


Audouin's Gull

We had a look at the historical Carabassi site for Rufous scrub Robin but no luck there it's not the first time I've been there this spring, it's close to my casa, so I visit regularly but no show, I guess it will be claimed there at some point, we did have a good show of long-tailed Tit family Also spotted Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike.

A rather cute juv  Long-tailed Tit

Lovely weather hot and sunny

Have a great day

don't know

Cheers

Bryan 



Monday, May 10

Boarders Open at Last

 


October 2019 was the last time we visited.  Corral Rubio, Bonete,  Petrola, Higueruela,

And with the borders open today. We were off, an early start and raining as we left Gran Alicante.

Our target bird for today, Great Bustard, and Little Bustard, one hour twenty minutes later we were birding, Calandra Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, under the belt.

Lesser Short-toed Lark

 It wasn't too long before we connected with Great Bustard only 4 to start with, later another 28, and one flypast of Little Bustard. There's been lots of rain up there and all the seasonal lakes are full to overflowing.

Great Bustard


Great Bustard

Waders

 Kentish Plover

 Kentish Plover, LRP,  summer plumage Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Lapwing,

Summer plumage Redshank

Duck

Red-crested Pochard, Shoveler, Gadwall,  Pochard, White-headed Duck, Shell Duck, Mallard,

Other birds seen

Bonelli's Warbler,

Wood Lark, Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting, Black Wheatear,  Bonelli's Warbler, Lesser Kestrel, Rock Sparrow, Rock Dove, Black-necked, Great-crested, and Little Grebe, Great reed Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Woodchat Shrike, Mistle Thrush, Thekla's Lark


 Mistle Thrush

Whisker and Gull-billed Tern around in good numbers and thousands

of Greater Flamingo. 


Greater Flamingo



Greater Flamingo

Heard Only 

4 Quail, and Great-spotted Woodpecker, Nightingale, Tree Creeper,

There were some notable absentee's like Eagles and Sandgrouse and Golden Oriole,  well we've got to leave something for next time. My favourite moment of the day was the fields full of wild poppies flowers,

 Stunning.



 wild poppies flowers

I've not mentioned every bird seen?

Make some news and have a great week.

Lesser Kestrel

Cheers

Bryan