Mary’s Blog – Monastery, Santa Agueda, El Clot

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We had a drive over the fields in the morning seeing all the usual suspects, such as, Black-winged Stilt, Flamingo and Yellow-legged Gull on the Salinas.

By the monastery there were Tree Sparrows, Sardinian Warbler, Crested Lark and an Iberian Green Woodpecker flew across the track. A single Glossy Ibis flew overhead and a Booted Eagle sat in a nearby tree before taking off and flying away.

Driving along the Vistabella road, we saw Marsh Harrier, Swallow, and another Glossy Ibis, all flying. Moving on to Santa Agueda, we passed a large flock of Spotless Starlings. At the platforms, a Hoopoe was posing nicely and we also added Kestrel, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, and Cetti’s Warbler to the list.

After lunch back at the house, we had a walk over the Clot. There was a cool wind so we didn’t stay long. At the main pool there were Little Grebe, Night Heron, Mallard, Gadwall, Marbled Duck, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, White-headed Duck, Western Swamphen, Moorhen, Coot and Red-knobbed Coot (with neck tags). While scanning the area I saw a group of Red-Legged Partridge flying across the scrub beyond the pool.

We spent some time watching good numbers of House Martins and a couple of Swallows flying over the water but none of the longed for Red-rumped Swallows. As we walked back to the gate we added White Wagtail, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Serin and Pallid Swift to today’s list.