Today we enjoyed the good fortune of being allowed into the main part of El Hondo, which has been closed to the general public for the last couple of months. Whilst the visit was obviously designed to see certain species we hadn't yet seen on the tour, access had been granted for me to help with ringing on site. Ringing from 08.30 - 11.00 we managed to catch the following;
Sardinian Warbler (1, below), Cetti's Warbler (3, below), Reed Bunting (1, female), Chiffchaff (6), Reed Warbler (2) and Robin (4). Tour guest Bob Thomson managed some excellent images of the birds caught and can be seen below.
After finishing ringing we moved onto to check the various hides and tracks around the reserve. Many species were recorded including; Moustached Warbler (3), Reed Warbler (numerous), Chiffchaff (numerous), Osprey (2), Booted Eagle (4), Hen Harrier (1,female), Marsh Harrier (numerous), Bluethroat (numerous), Fan-tailed Warbler (numerous), Purple Swamphen (1) and Water Rail (4). The sub-adult Spotted Eagle was also still present as pictured above. Possibly the most suprising find of the day was the 30+ Alpine Swift (pictured above) mixed in with a large Sand Martin flock which also contained small numbers of Crag Martin, Barn Swallow and Red-rumped Swallow.