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RE: Murcia and surroundings, Spain

Yes. Pretty sure there was a pair in scrub in one of the hills near the complex. The all grey appearance and long tail stood out well. 

There was a pair, which sort of ruled out Sardinian aberrants.

But it was a one off, so could have been mistaken.

I may return one day and stake the area out specifically if I get the chance. 

Just need the Mother in law to buy another villa there 


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Sounds fantastic, Chris, I must visit Spain again soon

I would question Marmora's Warbler, though - that's out of range: Corsica, Sardinia, Balearics (but not mainland Spain) & nearby bits



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Since 2013, we have stayed 6 times at a complex called Mazarron Country Club, near the town of Mazarron in the South of Spain. Our last visit to the area was in the summer if 2020. The villa we stayed there has now been sold, so what follows is a summary of some of the highlights of birds seen in the area, with local place names if possible. Some dates of certain sightings have been added for more sought after species. Also some images at the end. If anyone is visiting this lovely area and needs further information please don't hesitate to contact myself or Vicky. 

1. Mazarron Country Club:

Spectacled Warbler, Marmoras Warbler, Black Wheatear, Black Eared Wheatear, Eagle Owl (Easter 17), Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Lesser Kestrel, Nightjar, Southern Grey Shrike, Bee Eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Turtle Dove, Woodchat Shrike, Golden Oriole, Spotless Starling, Nightingale, Stone Curlew, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Golden Eagle, Short Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Little Owl, Black Redstart, Peregrine, Serin, Red Rumped Swallow, Black Winged Stilt, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Melodious Warbler, Corn Bunting, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Rufus Bushchat.

2.Wetland of Las Moreras:

Red Billed Chough, Olivaceous Warbler, White Headed Duck, Purple Gallenule, Subalpine Warbler, Ferruginous Duck, Squacco Heron, Black Necked Grebe.

3. Bolnuevo and Las Moreras:

Trumpeter Finch, Alpine Swift, Audouin's Gull

4. Camposol, EDAR and thermal springs:

Zitting Cisticola, Great Reed Warbler, Gull Billed Tern, Bonelli's Warbler, Avocet, Green Sandpiper, Pied Flycatcher, roost of 100+ Bee Eaters. 

5. Saladares del Guadalentin: Quail, Little Bustard (including display), Red Necked Nightjar, Calandra Lark, Greater and Lesser Short Toed Lark, Montague's Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Black Bellied Sand Grouse(Summer 13), Pin Tailed Sand Grouse (Easter 17), Tawny Pipit. 

6. Bateria de Castillitos:

Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Trumpeter Finch, Hobby, Crag Martin, Rock Sparrow 

7.Puntas de Calnegre:

150+ Cory's Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Pallid Swift, possible Sacred Ibis

8. Cartagena:

Monk Parakeet

9: San Pedro del Pinatar:

Greater Flamingo, Yellow Wagtail, Kentish Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Audouin's Gull, Ruff, Little Stint, Iberian Chiffchaff, Little Tern, Slender Billed Gull.

10: Sierra Espuna:

Crossbill, Crested Tit, Booted Eagle and display, Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Cuckoo, Short Toed Treecreeper, Orphean Warbler, Black Kite, Firecrest, Rock Bunting, Bonelli's Warbler.

11. Barrancos de Gebas:

Dartford Warbler, Thekla Lark, Calandra Lark.

12. Sierra del Gigante:

20+ Griffon Vulture, Bonelli's Eagle, Crag Martin, Lesser Kestrel.

13. El Hondo near Torreviecca:

Marbled Teal, White Headed Duck, Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Red Knobbed Coot, Black Crowned Night Heron, Moustached Warbler, Spoonbill, Ferruginous Duck, Glossy Ibis, Pacific Golden Plover (summer 20)

14. Salinas de Santa Polla near El Pinet:

Collared Pratincole, Gull Billed Tern, 100+ Black Tern, Kentish Plover, Slender Billed Gull, Black Tailed Godwit. 


-- Edited by Chris Harper on Sunday 31st of October 2021 06:27:30 PM

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