El Hondo, El Pinet – Malcolm Palmer

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Yesterday, over El Hondo, I had my first Whiskered Terns – a few may have wintered, but these looked like genuine migrants, coming in high, and very excited, in full breeding plumage. Otherwise very quiet, but El Pinet gullery/ternery is starting to look interesting, with plenty of Sandwich Terns lined up, large numbers of Slender Billed Gulls, as well as Black Headed and Mediterranean Gulls. On El Hondo, lots of breeding signs, with displaying Great Crested Grebes as well as many Black Necked Grebes and a healthy increase in White Headed Ducks. Not much raptor activity, just Marsh Harriers and one or two Booted Eagles. Notable lack of small birds.