A number of single day trips this month, some of which I would like to tell you about.
The first session was a morning with Tomas and Yvonne from Sweden in the valle del Andarax just outside Instincion. We started in the cool of the morning at 8am and soon found Bee eater and Spotted flycatcher. Cirl bunting was seen calling from a fence. Nearer the river we located Nightingale,Turtle dove and Cettis warbler. In an orange grove we located a male Melodious warbler in full song. Sardinian warbler was commonplace. Golden oriole was calling from several places and we enjoyed good views of male and female birds. Serin was of course all around and in full song. Woodchat shrike was perched high in a dead tree. The morning was rounded off with great views of male Golden oriole again. We walked back into the village and enjoyed a well earned coffee. My friend Patrick,a local bee keeper was with us a gave us lots of information on the local flora.
The next session was with Patrick again,a novice birder,and his friend from Leicester,John. We went to Punta Sabinar in search of waders,terns etc and enjoyed a great morning. Collared pratincole was the bird of the day. They were present in good numbers and gave great views in flight and on the ground. Terns were represented by whiskered,little,gull billed and sandwich species. Black winged stilts were common,some with chicks. Red crested pochard and Black necked grebe were on the lagoons and on the fringes were several Squacco heron and a superb Purple heron. Fan tailed warblers provided a constant chorus and Yellow wagtail was seen. Kentish and Ringed plover were present with Avocet and Redshank. The gulls were mostly Slender billed and of course Greater flamingoes were everywhere. Little egret and Night heron flew overhead.