Thursday, 4 November 2010

Yesterday - Santa Pola and El Hondo

Santa Pola

Lots of Greater Flamingo's and Black-winged Stilts around as usual (below) along with Avocets and Yellow-legged Gulls. Also recorded in the 2 hours birding here included; Marsh Harrier (2), Booted Eagle (1), Dunlin (20+), Little Stint (15+), Sandwich Tern (7), Red-rumped Swallow (2), Ruff (2), Sanderling (12), Greenshank (3), Common Sandpiper (1), Stone Curlew (1), Spotted Redshank (4), Redshank (15+) and the highlight, a single Richards Pipit which showed well on and off for 15 minutes.

Black-winged Stilt - Santa Pola

Greater Flamingo - Santa Pola
El Hondo

I did the regular walk around the perimeter of the pools from the visitor centre which again produced very good numbers of Bluethroat, Stonechat, Chiffchaff and Fan-tailed Warbler. Other resident birds which showed well throughout the walk included; Purple Swamphen (1), Cetti's Warbler (7), Marsh Harrier (4), Snipe (3), Green Sandpiper (1), Red-crested Pochard (7) and Whinchat (1). A few less common species were also seen in the form of Grey Plover (2), Spoonbill (3) and best of all Black Kite, a species which I had previously not recorded at this site.

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