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Old Thursday 19th April 2018, 10:01   #12
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Annual Easter visit to the in-law's house in Spain, just south of Alicante. As usual, nice to get some Spring sunshine, and to get out-and-about on my bike to some nice birding hot-spots. IN reality, I didn't get too much opportunity to get out into the wilds, but visits to El Hondo and the coastal salinas, plus some incidental birding on other trips out, gave a me a decent Spring list of 86 species.

Alicante airport:
1. Feral Pigeon

On the drive to La Marina, from the N332 at El Altet:
2. Woodpigeon
3. Spotless starling*

Also from the N332, through Santa Pola salinas:
4. Flamingo*
5. Coot
6. Yellow-legged gull
7. Black-winged stilt*

And, on arrival in Urb La Marina:
8. House sparrow
9. Serin
10. Blackbird
11. Greenfinch
12. Sardinian warbler*

On the first evening, I had a ride out along some of the canals around the Urb, which skirt some of the agricultural and scrubland nearby. As usual, it didn't disappoint:
13. Moorhen
14. Goldfinch
15. Collared dove
16. Common swift
17. White wagtail
18. Tree sparrow
19. Zitting cisticola*
20. Corn bunting*
21. Crested lark*
22. Kestrel
23. Cuckoo*
24. Little Egret

A short stop at the mouth of the Segura river added:
25. Iberian Green Woodpecker*

And then back in the Urbanizacion:
26. Southern Grey shrike*

A couple of trips to get the car serviced in San Fulgencio added:
27. Cattle Egret*
28. Barn swallow
29. Grey heron
30. Cormorant

After a couple of cool-ish days, we had warm sunshine by midweek, and I took the girls out on a short cycle along the track towards El Hondo, adding:
31. Yellow wagtail (in a field of goats)

Another ride out on my own the next day, to Rojales then along the river to Guardamar:
32. Red-rumped swallow*
33. Great tit
both in Rojales, then along the river track:
34. Turtle dove*
35. Red-legged Partridge
36. Blackcap
37. Great Reed Warbler*
38. Red-crested pochard (right at the river mouth, which I've not seen before)

* 14 species not on a previous list
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