Yecla and Petrola – Stephan and Els

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Today we spent a beautiful day at Yecla and Petrola. an Amazing number of Lesser Kestrels, 12 Pin tailed Sandgrouse and 2 Black bellied Sandgrouse. Whinchat and a Northern Wheatear both tried to sit on the highest stone of a wall and a female Montagu’s Harrier passed by.

The Laguna de Petrola was windy as usual but we estimated there were around 1200 Greater Flamingos on the lagoon. A flight of 20 Yellow Wagtails, all of them the Iberian subspecies, passed by, one by one, in front of the car.

The lakes near Petrola were rather silent but 2 Gull billed Terns (SM) were claiming a place there. In the fields near the windmills a Little Bustard came out of a ditch and hesitated in landing again, giving us a lot to admire. Near Corral Rubio we saw 15 Great Bustards; 6 others saw them too and came over to join them, walking quickly with upturned tails. In the lake near the village we saw two Teal and a little group of Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlin.