If you are thinking about doing some birding tours in Costa Blanca, this trip report might interest you. We offer two different birding tours Costa Blanca: El Hondo de Elche and Salinas de Santa Pola and Pego Marshes and forest birds.
This trip report corresponds to the Pego Marshes tour booked by Pete and his friends. It is 9:00 and I am picking up Pete, his wife and another nice couple from Denia. Five minutes after picking them, while we are driving down the hill, we hear the call of a Wryneck. We are in the middle of the migration!!.
Twenty minutes later we arrive to the Pego Marshes and we are welcome by Cattle and Little Egrets along with two juveniles of Marsh Harrier. As we stop in the track to have a look out to the recently harvested rice fields, we see a good number of Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear and a juvenile Purple Heron.
I phone to my colleague Emilio who is ringing in the Marshes. He is one of the member of the ringing group I belong to. We (Pit-Roig Group) ring every day during August and September in order to study the post-breeding migration and the importance of the coastal wetlands in Spain. Emilio tells me that he has a Bluethroat and a Reed Warbler in his hands!, so we drive off to the ringing station.
I am glad that Pete can observe his first Bluethroat!, it is a juvenile female so it has nearly no blue.
After releasing both birds, we drive around the marshes watching interesting birds such as Hoopoe, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Common Sandpiper, lots of Whinchats, Ringed and Little Plover, Crested Lark, Stonechat, Fan-tailed and Great Reed Warbler, etc. The sun is up and temperatures are increasing, so we move to Pego to have some refreshments.
After that, we drive to the Alcoy mountains in search of the Griffon Vultures and other forest species. We stop under a Aleppo Pine to have lunch. Up in the tree, short-toed Treecreeper, Coal and Crested Tit move around and a Song Thrush fly near us.
Once we have finished our lunches, we go straight to the Griffon Vulture colony. It is midday and temperature climbs, perfect to watch this majestic raptors gliding over us. In the path that goes to the feeding station, Sardinian Warbler and Crossbills are seen.
As you can see there is very interesting wildlife to observe in one of our birding tours Costa Blanca. In the following link, you can find more information about the Pego Marshes and forest birds tour.
Have a nice day!