In January we managed a few trips to Saladeras de Guadalentin when we allowed to leave the municipality of Mazarron. Two Common Crane were a good find for us, also Stone Curlew, Iberian Green Woodpecker and fantastic views of a Golden Eagle as it flew overhead.
Larks including, Lesser Short toed, Crested and Calandra. The Guadalentin river had a roost of Spotless and Common Starlings, Buzzard, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Sardinian Warbler. On the reservoirs there were Little Grebe, Green and Wood Sandpiper, Black Winged Stilt, Redshank and Greenshank.
Closer to home we have seen Crested Lark, Skylark, Bluethroat, Water Pipit an Influx of Meadow pipit, Starlings, Stonechat and Black redstart, Black Winged Stilt, Common and Wood Sandpiper and Chiffchaff.
When the weather has been cold in the Sierras we have had Robin, Crag Martin, Blue Rock Thrush and Serin come down.
6th February – A walk across local fields and tracks found Stonechat, Black Redstart, Black Wheatear, 2 DEAD Eagle Owls presumed electrocuted. One very fresh hanging from the pylon by one talon the other not so fresh but still recognisable on the ground under the pylon.
8th February – EDAR Mazarron – We observed our first four House Martin’s of the year along with Gadwall, White Headed Duck, Mallard, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, Black Headed Gull and Great Tit.