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Old Thursday 19th April 2018, 10:28   #14
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Most of the rest of the list comes from two rides out to El Hondo.

The first was a ride along Vistabella road, calling in at all four hides, then a loop around the full reserve (but not enough time to call in at San Felipe), and I added a surprising lifer at one of the hides. At the VB hides:

61. Chiffchaff
62. Willow warbler
63. Shoveler
64. Garganey*
65. Little grebe
66. Purple swamphen*
67. Black-necked grebe*
68. Reed warbler
69. Purple heron*
70. Black-tailed godwit*
71. Moustached warbler*
72. Wryneck* - lifer, seen briefly and then identified by CBBC members from a recording of the call
73. Spoonbill*
74. White-headed duck*

Circling the reserve along "Camino El Hondo", I also added:
75. Marsh harrier*
76. Booted eagle*
77. Stonechat
78. Woodchat shrike*

And on the road along the north side of the reserve (near the Roller site):
79. Pallid swift*

A few days later, I made a second visit, this time heading directly to the reserve along "Sandpiper Alley" and heading along the public tracks into the reserve to the San Felipe visitor centre hides.

80. Green sandpiper*

seen along "Sandpiper Alley", and then along the track into El Hondo:

81. Stone curlew*
82. Montagu's harrier*

A good number of species seen at the two "inner" hides, new species being:

83. Marbled duck*
84. Collared pratincole*
85. Curlew sandpiper*
86. Redshank

The final addition to the list came on my last day, when we were driving to Guardamar along the N332, and two parakeets flew over:
87. Monk parakeet*

* 20 species not seen on a higher list
World life list: 536 (Terek Sandpiper, Abu Dhabi, UAE; September 2019)
UK life list: 228 (Red-backed Shrike, Newbiggin, UK; December 2018)
Morpeth Garden list: 70 (Willow Tit, October 2019)
2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)

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