Tuesday, 17 May 2011
La Mata last Night and this morning
Last night we were entertained by a reeling Savi's Warbler for 15 minutes. Sorry I didn't have time to post last night but I was running late for my weekly Snooker Match. I also left the house without the camera as it was just a quick walk with the dog really. We returned to the site this morning with the camera and wouldn't you know it no sign (nor sound) of the bird ! Anyway we still had a very good mornings birding with Woodchat and Iberian Grey Shrike, Crossbills, lots of Spotted Flycatcher, Red-rumped and Barn Swallow We also found a superb Sand Martin breeding colony in a pile of sand no more than four feet high. Many holes could be seen with adult birds entering the nest holes with beaks full of insects. Warblers included Sardinian, Dartford, Subalpine and Western Bonelli's. Terns and gulls are never far away when enjoying this massively under-watched reserve; Sandwich, Little, Gull-billed and Common Terns were all present. Gulls included Audouin's, Slender-billed and Yellow-legged, other goodies included Bee Eater and Roufous Bush Robin.