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Old Friday 31st August 2018, 09:41   #27
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August spent in Spain, except for a short trip to Switzerland with work. Working for 2 weeks and on holiday for the last 2 weeks, so managed a few birding trips. Missed out on some of the usual year-ticks this year, but still added to the year list overall.

On the first evening, sitting in the garden at the Urbanizacion in La Marina, a few nice species overhead, including:
89: House martin
90: Bee-eater

Then the first weekend, a couple of short rides out on the bike along the nearby canals:
91: Common sandpiper* (species 200 for 2018, but I am pretty sure this is missed from my UK year list in error)
92: Squacco heron*

and to the El Pinet beach and salinas:
93: Little tern
94: Great egret*

An early morning ride out along one of the local farm tracks added a surprising lifer to my year list:
95: Penduline tit* - lifer

Then a weekend visit to Aqualandia in Benidorm also managed to give me a bonus:
96: Long-tailed tit (trees were full of them!)

* 3 species not on an earlier 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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