San Felipe and the ‘Bee eater site’

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Having just returned to Spain we paid a short visit to San Felipe to see what birds were around. The Great Reed Warblers were singing loudly although they were hard to see. A Zitting Cisticola did, however, sit on top of a reed to give us a good view of it. The Collared Pratincoles are still in residence and they have been joined on the bare ground by some Little Terns. A few waders can still be seen around the edge of the pools, including Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Black winged Stilts. The main lagoons held many Avocets along with a few Shelduck, White Headed Ducks and numerous Black headed Gulls. As we walked back towards the picnic area we flushed a Squacco Heron, our first for this year. In the pool by the picnic area we saw four Red Crested Pochards before we set off for home. On the way back we visited the ‘Bee eater site’ where we found two Bee eaters, a Woodchat Shrike and a single Roller.

We are off to Extremadura tomorrow for a week so the next blog will be posted when we return. Bryan and Trevor have set off for the Pyrenees today so I am looking forward to hearing about their trip when we all get home.