Sunday, 14 April 2013

Sunday 14th April Local round-up

Sunday is usually a good day to bird the local caminos and the perimeter of El Hondo. The main reason for this is that farmers tend to flood their fields at the weekend and watch over them as the families gather together to eat outdoors. 

Sunday is definitely still considered a family day here and it is good to see several generations all relaxing together in the sunshine and enjoying good food.   As Brits, some of us could certainly take a leaf out of their book and enjoy the simple things that come free in life, instead of spending our Sundays staring at computer screens or shopping at Sainsburys. 

Ok ......... moral guidelines over and down to business.

Sightings: Black-shouldered Kite still present, Cuckoo, Great Reed Warbler, Reed Warbler, Kestrel, Corn Bunting, Grey Heron, Stonechat (1), Cattle Egret, Serin, Crested Lark, Iberian Green Woodpecker (1), Stone Curlew (5)

El  Pinet : Curlew Sandpiper (2), Black-winged Stilt, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Little, Tern, Kentish Plover, Avocet,  Slender-billed, Yellow-legged and Auduions Gull, Little Egret, Med Gull, Shellduck. 

Black-winged Stilt


Curlew Sandpiper

Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billled Gull 

A quick toilet break at El Hondo visitor centre confirmed that the Red-knobbed Coot are nesting again on the pool next to the picnic area.  The photo below shows one of the adult birds busy at work. 

Red-knobbed Coot 

The temperature is now up to 24 degrees and a cold beer and the football are calling.  If we were in the UK now we would be at Wembley with Ash cheering on City.  As it is we will have to "make do" with the Costa Blanca branch of The Manchester City Supporters Club at the Breeze Bar in Benijofar. Where cold beer is 1 euro a bottle, the sun is shining and the match is aired outdoors on a big screen - sometimes life's tough !! 

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