San Felipe – Collared Pratincoles at last!

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Hoorah! I finally managed to connect with some of the Collared Pratincoles that everyone else has been seeing at San Felipe. We haven’t seen this species for the last two years so I was very happy. They are such an attractive looking bird. We had good views of them despite the wind which made holding the binoculars and the scope a bit difficult. There were a few different waders about including Wood Sandpiper, Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint and possibly Temminck’s Stint. We met a lady (Dutch, I think) who has been on some of the bird trips and told us she had been watching some Temmink’s Stints.  From the first hide we could see Pochard and Red Crested Pochard and a Great Crested Grebe, a bird I haven’t seen at this site for a while. There were numerous Black winged Stilts and Avocets around and as we walked back to the car park we had good views of a couple of Whiskered Terns flying over the water. The hides were full of mosquitos and the wind was rushing through the window so we didn’t stay there long.

We drove back across the usual tracks but didn’t see anything else of note. We had a quick look at the Bee eater site but we didn’t see any of the birds there or anywhere else on our route. Our friend Greta has just told me that someone saw some today on the wires opposite the Mercadona car park. We were obviously looking in the wrong place!