Today we went for a short drive across the lanes around El Hondo. We had a look for the Black Shouldered Kite in the place where we had seen it previously, but, if it is still in the area, it failed to show itself today. There were plenty of small birds in and around the fields including, White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Black Redstart, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, and Stonechat. Raptors were represented by Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle andBuzzard, and finally, our ‘bird of the day’, a fantastic Osprey seen from the road, flying over one of the Hondo lagoons. Cattle Egrets were about as usual and Little Egret, Greater Flamingo and a few others were added as we crossed the Salinas. Not our best bird trip but to be honest we didn’t work very hard looking for the birds. We enjoyed a pleasant morning out and are looking forward to more outings, and lots more birds over the winter!
Species list – Cormorant, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Greater Flamingo, Shelduck, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Osprey, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black winged Stilt, Avocet, Yellow legged Gull, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Southern Grey Shrike, Common Starling, Magpie, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.