Passing the track on the right (c) I made a mental note to check this out at some point. Given how long it’d taken me to explore the track I was driving down and how good the area now looked, I didn’t want to leave it too long! Inevitably most of the birds along the track proved to be either Corn Buntings or Stonechat - both ubiquitous in the area. Equally inevitably, the excellent track soon went down with that chronic Spanish condition … ruts! So with progress straight on somewhat compromised, I turned left back up towards the A225 as the track here still looked good. But I didn’t get too far before a superb Montagu’s Harrier persuaded me to stop. Scanning round it wasn’t long before I picked up a Little Bustard flying with an oddly crabbed wingbeat over a distant field! Result! Well not entirely since Robin, my companion that day, somehow missed it … and it was a lifer!
Roll on a week and I had two more birding buddies, Jim and Allan out for a visit. This time I knew exactly were to go and not much more than 30 minutes after leaving the house we arrived at the same spot. This time a couple of Little Bustards showed well – both in flight and on the ground with a possible third gently blowing raspberries of appreciation! Several Montagu’s Harrier desperately tried, and failed, to upstage the bustards which, given Allan is nuts about these raptors was pretty impressive! A tick for both and a great start to the day.