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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Thank you! Map shows fine. All excellent info, wish me luck. I'll keep the forum updated. Tried to find the monastery previously too without success.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Rollers 'n Trumpeters I'm out this month for the first time since March 2018 :-C Anyway, shall add this to my must do list. Secondly, still haven't found a Roller... ever! Can someone drop a pin on Google maps for a likely place please? Instructions by road in the past have always failed me...
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    As usual, keep a look out on https://birdingcostablanca.blogspot.com/ and http://www.costablancabirdclub.com/
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I've only been once. It was a pain to find and I ended finding it by pure luck, no signs! Birds are viewable from a couple of points along the path but it was closed and locked when I went.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    It's very quiet on here .... I'm keeping up to date on the Costa Blanca Bird Club site. I'm out next week for a few days but mostly committed to touristy stuff.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    We struggled to find the Alcoi site for the vultures a few years ago when we went (the sign had been removed) and only found it by luck. You get good views when they're perched and it's amazing when they're all above you soaring.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Nothing of note at La Mata yesterday. San Pedro, Lo Pagan etc and similar later today.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Nothing at Lo Monte, dead. The first pool at Clot de Galvany is overgrown again and nothing is viewable. Usual stuff at the second, nothing special. Second lake at El Fondo visitor centre is pretty much dry. A few bits around the the other pools. Lots of noisy Spaniards about today as it is a...
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Crossbill and crested tit yesterday as I walked to the beach from 'base camp mum', a good start. Local birding yesterday, day one, dead at Lo Monte though.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    A decent cafe on the 'pier' here. Good for waders and Egrets. I normally get Kentish Plover as shown.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    This can be worth a read http://johnedwards-je.blogspot.co.uk/
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I stay with my mum and rely on her for travelling around and she is happy with this. Normally I manage Las Urrutias, La Mata, El Fondo, Lo Monte, San Pedro del Pinatar, Clot De Galvany, Cabo de Palos and a few smaller areas we have found. No target species for me.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Specifically, try http://www.costablancabirdclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SPECIES-GUIDE.pdf but the whole site is useful.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm booked 7-13 October, less than £60 return, has to be done.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm back from my trip. I've never been between April and September before. What a difference! So quiet in my usual haunts. Amazing how many swifts there are. Had no time to go for the Rollers. Finally saw a Spanish Crested tit at Safari Aitana. The breeding Little Terns at Lo Pagan give good...
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Excellent. Thank you very much.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm out in less then a month. I can't seem to find specifics on where the monastery is. Can you advise some details please? Roller still eludes me on visits. The Bunting seems to have the leg problem that plagues Chaffinches?
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I was out in Murcia region from Wednesday to Saturday, luckily staying dry for the first three days. Avoided El Fondo and La Mata as they would have been too boggy. A shame as it seems many Bluethroats were at El Fondo. Highlight for me, my first Blue Rock Thrush at Cabo de Palos on wednesday...
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Cattle Egrets and a Great Grey Shrike on the fence there on Friday. It was nice to see the hide useable, though some more water and a bit of vegetation would certainly help.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I succeeded with the Magpies today. A few rows of villas down from where I had searched the last two times. I chose to search a wider area luckily. Lots of dogs in the vicinity of where I found them and no luck with a picture. I noted lots of free flying Zebra Finches in the area. Four Magpies...
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm back out for a week on the 15th of Oct. I'm hoping to pin down those pesky Magpies this time. What is the best option to pin down a Crested Tit this visit? Or what else is worth looking or at this time of Year? I'm expecting to do El Fondo and Clot de Galvany. I'll have junior so it won't...
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    Lizard, Alicante, February 2016

    This couple were sunning themselves last week in Guardamar, id please.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm flying out Tuesday for a few days. I'm planning another attempt at the La Mata Magpies. No sign in December.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Have you ruled out Purple Heron?
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I failed to find the Magpies on the one visit I managed. Maybe next time. The newly flooded El Hondo is such an improvement on what it was. So much more to see now the birds are much closer. I visited Clot de Galvany for the first time too. I found it to be excellent. I also recommend another...
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