Tuesday, 21 September 2010

El Hondo Tues 21st September

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - El Hondo

We have finally got settled into our home in Spain - Mark and Tracy (Ashleys Mum and Dad) and wanted to share some of our news. Whilst Ashley is still working in the UK we will try and get out and about as much as possible to keep you upto date with what's happening birdwise here in Quesada. We are fortunate enough to have found somewhere that overlooks La Mata - nice to have Greater Flamingo and Black Necked Grebe on our garden list !! Others on the list are:- Red Rumped Swallow, Black Wheatear, Spotless Starling and Bee-eater. We will post some pictures of the accommodation on the next post.

Mark - Yesterday, early evening we took a drive over to San Pedro Salina's where we recorded 53 Black Tern, 3 Whiskered Tern, 8 Little Tern and 2 Curlew Sandpiper.

Today was my first proper outing since we arrived last Thursday and I was eager to check out El Hondo. I visited the hide on the South side of the reserve and recorded the following birds of note:- 1 Drake Ferruginous Duck, 3 Purple Swamp Hen, 15 Glossy Ibis and lots of the usual waders. The fields in this area are always worth a look and I am glad I took the time to scan the area as I was rewarded with 2 Juv Buff-breasted Sandpiper amongst the many larks and flava wagtails on display.

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