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Old Tuesday 31st March 2015, 10:09   #25
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Out to Spain for our annual Easter visit to the in-laws' house near Alicante, and this time, for two whole weeks, although I will be working for part of it. Nevertheless, on our arrival day, I managed an hour out on my bike around the local irrigation canals and farm tracks, surrounding the Urbanizacion, and together with several other obeservations, it was a good start to 2015's Spain list:

Driving from the airport along the N332, near El Altet:

1. Spotless starling*
2. Jackdaw

And then as we drove between the Salinas lagoons of Santa Pola:

3. Greater flamingo*
4. Little egret
5. Pochard
6. Slender-billed gull*
7. Yellow-legged gull
8. Black-winged stilt*
9. Avocet*

As we drove by La Marina:

10. Collared dove

ANd on reaching La Marina Urb, from the in-laws' garden

11. House sparrow
12. Serin*
13. Goldfinch
14. Pallid swift* (clearest views I think I've ever had!)
15. White wagtail

The verde across the road from their house has really matured in the last 2 years, and it is now thriving with singing serin and goldfinch, which is a nice soundscape to have sitting out on the veranda!

Out on my bike late afternoon, and as I headed along the edge of the Urb:

16. Tree sparrow (only my 2nd time seeing this species in Spain, but a good flock of 15-20 birds)
17. Greenfinch
18. Blackbird
19. Southern grey shrike*

Then along the irrigation canals south of the Urb:

20. Crested lark* (lots!)
21. Corn bunting*
22. Zitting cisticola*
23. Hoopoe*
24. Sardinian Warbler*
25. Grey heron

Before reaching the mouth of the Rio Segura, where I added:

26. Black redstart
27. Barn swallow
28. Common swift
29. Audouin's gull*
30. Coot

....and an enormous snake, which slithered across the track in front of me (Montpellier's snake?)

Finally, at lunch-time today, a brief ride around the local canals also added:

31. Moorhen
32. Great tit
33. Iberian Green Woodpecker*

* 15 species not on any previous/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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