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Old 22-02-14, 05:00 PM
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Just got back from a 10 day break from the vagaries of the UK weather in Gran Canaria. Only 1 day of rain and temperatures in the low 20's during the day.

Whilst I didn't go on any birding trips I did see some interesting birds. At the lagoon (La Charca) in Maspalomas there were several Grey Herons, Little Egrets, Coots and Moorhen. Other sightings were a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover. Among the vegetation nearby I managed excellent views of a male and female Sardinian Warbler. Parakeets were also very noisy in the palm trees. Spotted a lizard which was about 18 inches in length in some scrub not far from the lagoon.

In the hotel grounds Spanish Sparrows, Collared Doves and Blackbirds were in abundance. Common Waxbills and Canaries could also be found. I spotted several LBJ's which I could not identify. The Hoopoes which were so much in evidence last year were nowhere to be seen.

A couple of Kestrel were regularly hovering over the 'cliffs' near the promenade, and plenty of Gulls over the shore.

Also paid a visit to the Las Palmitas wildlife park where the was a variety of interesting captive wildlife.

I've tried to upload some photos but I'm also afflicted with the curse.
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Old 22-02-14, 08:53 PM
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Glad you had a good break Ian. Shows you don't have to go birding to go birding.
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It sounds as though you had a great holiday Ian! Nice to have a bit of warm sunshine at this time of the year!

A splendid bird list! Strange not seeing any Hoopoes though if you had them in good numbers the previous year. How lovely having great views of the Sardinian Warblers, do you think maybe they where starting to nest?

Great that you had a such a good holiday and thanks for sharing it too!
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Old 23-02-14, 10:32 PM
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It was a welcome break Peter and Judith.

It was last May when I saw all the Hoopoes so maybe they are summer visitors.

I omitted to mention that there were plenty of Swifts about also.
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Old 24-02-14, 08:47 AM
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The Swifts must have been a delight to see Ian! I was told to look out for Plain Swifts on Madeira though I did not spot a single one! I presume they were also Plain Swifts you were seeing?
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