El Hondo area – Mark Etheridge

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A morning out with Bryan Thomas around the local area got off to a good start with a Buzzard just west of Gran Alacant. Vistabella Road was unusually quiet, but Camino El Hondo produced a Cockatiel (!), Ruff, Bluethroat, many Yellow Wagtails and a very nice but distant Whinchat. Santa Agueda was dry even after heavy overnight rain with very little about, just a glimpse of a Booted Eagle. On the way back, Stone Curlew, lots of Swallows and Bee-eaters gathering ready to depart, and a small group of Wood Sandpipers on pools left by the rain. No sign of the Rollers around the monastery area, looks like I’ve missed them for this year. At El Pinet, a few Sandwich and Common Terns still about, and a solitary juvenile Collared Pratincole.