El Hondo fields – Mark Etheridge

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To Vistabella Road this morning – both main hides particularly quiet, with very little on the water except for the odd Coot and Little Grebe. The second hide (furthest from the bridge) was good for small birds first thing, but the sun wasn’t up and I couldn’t get any decent shots. Saw Cetti’s, Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bluethroat, Reed Warbler and (a lifer for me!) Moustached Warbler, which wouldn’t stay still long enough to get a bead on it. The first hide (nearest the bridge) was no better, except that an Osprey was on the regular perching post in the distance.

Slightly discouraged, I went along to the flooded field alongside Camino del Hondo, and who should be there but the redoubtable Malcolm Palmer, who put me on to Temmincks Stints and Kentish Plover. It was great to see him again!

There were Bluethroats and a very skulking Dartford Warbler in the scrub in front of the field. The pools on the field are beginning to dry out, another week or so and most of it will be gone, get there while you can!