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Old Friday 31st August 2018, 09:47   #28
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Another weekend, another cycle ride. I headed down to Torrevieja looking for the usual Iberian Magpies at La Mata, but they were not there. Instead, there was a large and loud group of Monk Parakeet, which I'd not seen there before, but I did also add:

97: Greenshank (on one of the irrigation ponds)
98: Spotted flycatcher*

Then another jaunt out to the El Hondo hides on VB road:
99: Ruff*
100: Spotted redshank*

and at Rio Vinalopo bridge:
101: Roller*

While an evening visit to El Hondo (San Felipe Neri visitor centre hides) added:
102: Little bittern*
103: Red-knobbed coot* (nice to see the re-introduction is working well, with several birds without collars and a small number of new fledgelings)
104: Kingfisher*
105: Wood Sandpiper
106: Little ringed Plover

At El Hondo, I also made a rare addition to my life mammal list, with the large expanses of dried mud bringing a Granada Hare [10] out into the open

* 7 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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