I went for a stroll around La Mata yesterday evening to see how the Red-necked Nightjar were doing. A minimum of 18 birds were recorded singing or in flight; however, this was a conservative estimate and numbers could easily have been over 30. A Scops Owl broke the usual trend of hiding by sitting on a fence post for a few minutes just before the light faded, many Little Owl were also seen. About 20 minutes before dark I found a Spectacled Warbler which was singing from a small stand of scrub, the bird continued singing until 10 minutes after dark. This is the first time I have noted Spectacled Warbler singing into darkness, a Cuckoo also sang until almost dark.
Ringing of the Slender-billed Gull and Little Tern chicks at San Pedro Salinas on the 29th was very productive with aprox 30 of each species ringed. Hopefully the colony will continue to grow from strength to strength.