Corral Rubio, Petrola – Geoff Culliford

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Yesterday at Bonete we headed first up to the station area looking for Little Bustards and Sandgrouse. Sadly none were found but on the small track by the station Jane spotted 9 Great Bustards. The sun was behind them though. We then headed to Corral Rubio which was waterless. We stopped at Petrola at my normal spot for lunch. The water in the Lagoon was quite low. We only saw about 40 Yellow-legged gulls and 5 Black-winged Stilts. Setting off again we saw 2  Marsh Harriers, Stonechat and 4 Corn Buntings also lots of Magpies, Crows and Ravens were around.

Next we set off along the tracks. Hardly anything was around but we found a Little Owl. Turning left at the bottom still nothing until I spotted a low flying raptor. It slowly climbed up and was a sub-adult Golden Eagle which then flushed up about 100 Golden Plover. Scanning the skies further away we found another 3 and later Jane counted 4 or 5 Golden Eagles around. Jane identified a flock of Rock Sparrows there as well. No sign of any Bustards there at all. Heading for home I spotted a Blue Rock Thrush on the side of the road.