Last night we had a very heavy downpour for a good couple of hours and the ground was still wet this morning. The wind is back although it is warm and bright. On route to Santa Pola it was obvious that there had been a big movement of House Martin in the last 12 hours. Yesterday we only saw a few but this morning the skies are full of them, a sure sign that migration is in full swing.
Here are some of the birds we saw today and a full list of all the birds recorded at Santa Pola and El Pinet is further down the page.
Yellow-legged Gull in attack mode
Slender-billed Gull (Sub-adult top)
Little Stint (80+), Little-ringed Plover (2), Kentish Plover (18), Dunlin (1), Turnstone (15), Slender-billed Gull, Redshank (14), Spotted Redshank (2), Flamingo, Shellduck, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow-legged Gull, House Martin, Swallow, Avocet.
Locating the Black-shouldered Kite yesterday was a real bonus and we couldn't resist a quick diversion on the way back to the villa today. We are pleased to report that along with the Kestrel below the Black-shouldered Kite was present in the same tree.