El Hondo fields/ El Pinet – Paul and Greta

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Great Spotted Cuckoo by Greta Owen©

On our route today as soon as we drove in to the pallet road a Kestrel flew over. A little further up the road I spotted a bird in a distant tree, it turned out to be a Great Spotted Cuckoo. In the same tree was a Hoopoe, one of many that we saw. A Marsh Harrier flew above the reeds. On the way back down there was a Little Owl perched on a fence. On round to the Monastery road where there were another two Little Owls sitting on the wall of a finca. By the Monastery the horses and riders were setting off on their morning ride. There were Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Black Redstarts in abundance but not a lot else so we continued on to the PFT. I was about to take a photo of a Blackcap when a car drove past and it flew off. A Buzzard sat on a pylon by the bridge and a bit further along there was a flooded field with White Wagtails and Meadow/Water Pipits. A flock of Lapwing flew over, I take it to join them on the flooded field.

We decided to see if the Spoonbill were still at El Pinet, we weren’t disappointed. Species seen today:- Kestrel, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Booted Eagle, Hoopoe, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Wagtail, Meadow/Water Pipit, Marsh Harrier, Crested Lark, Robin, Buzzard, Little Owl, Lapwing, Black Redstart, Red Legged Partridge, Blackcap, Siskin, Spoonbill, Great White Egret, Black Tailed Godwit, Avocet and Starling.