|Egyptian Vulture Tresco Isles of Scilly|
|Egyptian Vulture Tresco Isles of Scilly|
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
|False ilex Hairstreak|
|Greater short-toed Lark|
|Iberian Marbled White|
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,
Santa Pola Salinas was quiet, but the normal summer breeders were busy, and at La Marina Kentish plover and young entertained us.
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.
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
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.
And my photos below
|Greater Short-toed Lark|
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kentish Plover, LRP, summer plumage Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Lapwing,
|Summer plumage Redshank|
Red-crested Pochard, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Shell Duck, Mallard,
Other birds seen
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
Whisker and Gull-billed Tern around in good numbers and thousands
of Greater Flamingo.
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,
|wild poppies flowers|
I've not mentioned every bird seen?
Make some news and have a great week.