Field Trip La Mata area – Barry Chambers

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A good turn out at La Mata saw 28 members and guests meet for the Costa Blanca Bird Club November meeting, lead and organised by David Roe, our President.  A very large flock of Spotless Starlings swooped over the Visitors Centre while 30/40 Cattle Egrets moved across the fields as we left the car park, also seeing 3 or 4 Stonechats perched on posts.  In the distance several Stone Curlews were observed, and after moving closer we found there were more than 20 present. Black Redstarts were plentiful and several Crag Martins flew overhead. 

We moved on to Cabo Cervera where a good number of waders were present on the rocks including, Little Stint, Turnstones, Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, Kentish Plovers and Sanderlings.  A Grey Wagtail flew past and Audouin’s Gulls and a Lesser Black Backed Gull were also seen. A number of Gannets were viewed off shore.

Our next location was to see the Azure Winged Magpies but unfortunately we were unable to located any so we moved on to Lo Monte. Good numbers of Shovelers were present along with Teal, Gadwall, Pochard and a single White Headed Duck

We then travelled to Torremendo  for lunch at Casa Andreu seeing a Marsh Harrier on the journey.  After a good lunch our final destination  was Sierra Escalona  where we had hoped to see some raptors but our only success was a Common Buzzard. We ended our enjoyable November trip having seen 42 species.