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Spider is based in the Isles of Scilly where he writes a regular blog about his birding on the Scilly Isles and elsewhere. To follow his activities go to Scilly Spider’s Blog 

El Hondo and Crevillente

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At 08.15, Bryan and I were at the North Gate at El Fondo. The gates are only open twice week and you have to be out by 11.15. So we didn’t have much time and this reserve is the size … Continued

San Felipe and Vistabella area

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We started off pretty late this morning and at 10.30 we were taking our time walking the paths around San Felipe Reserve. Just by the visitors centre we could hear Penduline Tit. A few minutes later and there were 3 … Continued

Alanara/Sierra Espuna area

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After a disappointing visit to Fuerta Alamo, on Friday, Bryan and I thought we would give it another shot and try to get all the target species at Alcanara Plains, Murcia Province. We arrived just after 09.00 and spent all … Continued

Alcoy area

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After dropping off Trish at Alicante Airport to return to the freezing cold and snowy conditions in the UK, Bryan and I set off into the warm sunshine, inland towards the Northern Serrias. It took us just over half an … Continued

Sierra Espuna area

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09.00, Trevor who’s from Hartley, London, arrived at Bryan’s house and an hour later we were at Fuerrta Alamo. Looking over the fields, we immediately locked onto a female Hen Harrier hunting at very close range. Serin, Corn Bunting, Cattle … Continued

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With the Costa Blanca Bird Club. John and Mary Brazier picked Bryan and myself up and then we teamed up with nearly 30 birders at the local supermarket. We all set off to visit San Felipe and our guide was … Continued

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Today at 9.30, we left for the road and over an hour later we arrived at Petrola in the province of Castilla la Mancha. The first village we hit was Bonete. It was bitter, with a cold strong wind, and … Continued