6yrs and 6 short-toed eagles

It occurred to me this morning that we have lived in Spain exactly 6 years today! As I was drinking my coffee on the balcony contemplating our life here, the anniversary was nicely celebrated with the fly-past of 6 short-toed eagles – the first of the year!  They circled for some time quite low over the valley before heading off towards the Priorat area. How good is that!

It still thrills me that from our lounge balcony we  see such a variety of birds. It is now 10.30am and I’ve just done a quick count of the birds I’ve seen since I got up:

  • Grey heron
  • Little egret
  • Cormorant
  • Mallard
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Moorhen
  • Coot
  • Grey wagtail
  • Black redstart
  • Blackcap
  • Magpie
  • Collared dove
  • House sparrow
  • Serin
  • Blackbird
  • House martin
  • Barn swallow
  • Short-toed eagle
  • Black kite

19 species! By any standard that is not a bad count or variety of birds before you’ve even got dressed! And the short-toed eagle a tick for my 2011 list!

So, I’m counting my blessings this morning! Living in Spain can have it’s down sides and we certainly don’t have much disposable income to splash around on eating out or  luxuries. But you know what?   I have a wonderful view over the river, the sun is shining, the trees are greening up, the summer birds are returning  and I feel rich!  What more could I ask?

The view from our balcony

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