Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Back in Spain - 300 to the good

I arrived at Alicante airport this morning to the sight of Mum and Dad waiting in the arrivals lounge with a sign saying -" Ashley Powell, 300 Club!" Yesterday I managed to see my 300th bird of the year after a trip to the east coast - Ferruginous Duck at Lackford Lakes (297), Great White Egret at Minsmere (298), King Eider at Dunwich Cliffs (299), Pallas's Warbler at Winterton Dunes (300), Grey Phalarope at Cley (301) and Little Auk (302).

So back to Spain; on the way back from the airport we noticed that a farmer was in the process of flooding his fields, we dropped the bags off at home and headed back less than an hour later to see if anything had turned up. We were rewarded instantly with a smart adult White Stork which had a black colour ring on its left leg. This is an unusual sighting for the area as this species is found more frequently in the west. Other species of note in the fields included; Greater Short-toed Lark (10+), Bluethroat (3), Whinchat (2) and 500+ alba Wagtails. A great start to being back, more updates tomorrow.


  1. Congratulations Ash!
    I think you are next in line to break Alan Davies and Ruth Millers's Biggest Twitch!