Friday 10th February
Today we just had a morning walk by the river at Guardamar. A Little Bittern was almost the first bird we saw as it flew into some reeds on the other side of the water before we crossed the little bridge. We always used to see one here, despite the terrible mess of dumped rubbish in the river which still seems to be a problem. A Cetti’s Warbler was nice to hear singing from the reeds but we didn’t see it.
The scenery was better as we walked along side the main river and I saw my first Little Egret of the year along with Grey Heron, Coot, Moorhen and a Common Sandpiper, another regular sighting on this route. Near the river mouth there were a few Sanderlings feeding. On the way back we added Audouin’s Gull and Western Swamphen.
As we drove back a Booted Eagle flew over the N332, and a bit of ‘drive by birding’ across the salinas gave us the usual Yellow-legged Gulls, Flamingo, Avocet and Slender-billed Gull as well as a Spoonbill flying.
Species list – Cormorant, Little Bittern, Little Egret, Spoonbill, Grey Heron, Flamingo, Mallard, Booted Eagle, Coot, Moorhen, Western Swamphen, Avocet, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Cetti’s Warbler (HO), Chiffchaff, Sardinian Warbler, House Sparrow.