Thursday, 21 April 2011

Rain in Spain away from the Plain

Just a quick update. We landed in Alicante in torrential rain on monday and it has been grey and cool since. The birding however has been red hot. 74 species so far including a regional rare in 3 Black Kites emerging from roosting at El Hondo along with tons of other raptors, those IDáble in the half light were Monty´s and Marsh Harriers. Also Marbled Teal, lots of Little Bittern, Purple Heron, porn views of Squacco, Moustached Warbler, Purple Gallinule, Great Reed Warbler, Gropper, 2 Great White Egrets and a handful of White-headed Ducks. Away from El Hondo I have had male White-headed Duck at Clot de Galvany as well as a couple of Little Owls, Cuckoos and an Iberian Green Woodpecker. Gull-billed Tern at Santa Pola and a handful of Pallid Swifts, Thekla Larks and Red-rumped Swallows amongst their commoner relatives. Full updates when I get back. Bustards tomorrow!!

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