Clot de Galvany

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After a very tedious morning we came back from Alicante via Clot de Galvany where our afternoon just got better. There was no water at all in the shallow ‘pools’ but the main pool still had a quantity in it but the area next to the hide seems to be drying out fast. Our highlights were a lone Turtle Dove that flew in for a drink but we had an excellent view and then two Yellow Wagtails skittered about on the mud. There were an amazing number ofWhite Wagtails as well. In the background were Moorhens with a Purple Swamphen staying for a while. There were two Black winged Stilts in the foreground with Spotless Starlings and House Sparrows splashing around. All the while the air was filled with the sound of Goldfinches chatting. We heard only one warbler calling (but not identified) and this was surprising as the reeds would provide a good habitat for them. Walking back past the other side of the water, there was a female Mallard, two Little Grebes and then another wonderful surprise a male White headed Duck. All great stuff. On the way out we saw Little Owl, Serin, Sardinian Warbler, Southern Grey Shrike, Greenfinch and I heard a Robin singing. There were the ubiquitous Woodpigeons and Collared Doves flying in and around. We were almost back to the car when we saw my favourite birds of summer perched on the fence only a few feet away, – two Spotted Flycatchers doing what they do best.