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« on: March 26, 2010, 06:44:42 pm »

Very good day for migrants in the Serrania today. Lots of Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle and Black Kite moving through. Good numbers of Subalpine Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, plus star turn for me, as I felt spring come with their appearance, a group of 40+ Bee eaters. Unusually high numbers of Red-rumped Swallows flying north near to the village of Setenil.

Also had the usual birds near to Acinipo Woodlark, Stone Curlew, Thekla and Crested Lark, Woodchat Shrike and a very handsome male Spectacled Warbler doing song flight display from a clump of old fennel. Black-eared Wheatear were seen along the way at several stops.

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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 10:11:18 pm »

We also had a few Bee-eaters over Jerez this week. There is now a pair of Kestrels nesting on the top (7th) floor of our apartment block , which makes a change from the usual Housemartins.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 06:28:09 pm »

We also had a few Bee-eaters over Jerez this week. There is now a pair of Kestrels nesting on the top (7th) floor of our apartment block , which makes a change from the usual Housemartins.

Be interesting Mike to see how successful the Kestrels are. Like Peregrine, they seem to be becoming more common in the use of high buildings (urban cliff faces) for nest sites.

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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 10:49:59 am »

Indeed, strong Bee-eater passage all weekend along the Atlantic coast.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2010, 10:03:07 am »

Bee-eaters in colonies all over the lower Guadiaro-Hozgarganta yesterday. Pics in my blog.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2010, 07:45:53 pm »

I'm fairly sure there's about 25 - 30 nesting in a clay bank alongside a track about 4 - 5 kms outside Montejaque. Checked on three seperate days and they were still hanging around.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2010, 08:49:14 am »

They had arrived in force when we were in Nerja a couple ofbweeks back. It is lovely to hear them flying over - they almost look like paper darts when they do that intermittant gliding. When we go back in a couple of weeks we will check the colony that has been breeding in the 3ft high bank along the track next the the Rio Seco in Nerja for the past few years. Fingers crossed they are there again.....
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2010, 10:40:17 pm »

They had arrived in force when we were in Nerja a couple ofbweeks back. It is lovely to hear them flying over - they almost look like paper darts when they do that intermittant gliding. When we go back in a couple of weeks we will check the colony that has been breeding in the 3ft high bank along the track next the the Rio Seco in Nerja for the past few years. Fingers crossed they are there again.....

I love the expression 'they almost look like paper darts', very good description. They will always be the heralds of spring for me here in Andalucia and such lovely and friendly birds.

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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2010, 11:40:54 am »


Naughty Kestrel!!

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