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« on: February 21, 2013, 06:43:01 pm »

Are you watching out for the Spring Migration because it has started.  At the weekend Mick Smith and I were in La Janda and saw at least forty Black Kites fly in from Africa.

Barn Swallows and House Martins have been here for at least a week and their numbers are growing daily.  On the ABS Odiel Marshes field trip on Saturday we saw our first Sand Martins.

I haven't, but I know other members have also seen Great Spotted Cuckoos.

Also, have you noticed that the number of Hoopoe that are about has suddenly started to increase.  This is because they have also started to come back from Africa as well.

Other birds that are on the move this month are Wrynecks, Skylarks, Red-rumped Swallows, Short-toed Eagles, Egyptian Vultures, Lesser Kestrels, Subalpine Warblers and Blackcaps.

If you see any of them please let me.

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 06:44:35 pm »

I forgot, we also saw over twenty Black Stork during the weekend which shows that their migration has also begun.

Pallid Swift should also be on the move but I have not seen any yet.

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2013, 11:44:06 pm »

Hi all,

Today, at 17.00 in Tablas de Daimiel National Park (Ciudad Real province) over 340 Black Kites moving north. They stayed around 5 minutes over the wetland and after that continued moving to Toledo. Probably they crossed the Mediterranean in the morning. And yesterday hundreds of Barn Swallows and House Martins, plus at least 3 Great Spotted Cuckoos (one was heard seven days before, and it is not rare to see them in January).

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013, 08:53:40 am »

Yesterday there were oodles of Short-toed Eagle and Black Kite over the Serrania de Ronda and also had a group of Pallid Swift. Given the awful weather we are experiencing, you have to feel sorry for these early migrants!

Local Crag Martin appear to have been joined by migrants in large numbers, I assume these are northern birds? Red-rumped Swallow are back and Sand Martin are passing through, mixing with good numbers of both Barn Swallow and House Martin.

Most traditional sites for Lesser Kestrel are now occupied and also had Spectacled and Sub-Alpine Warbler on known breeding sites on Saturday. Iberian Chiffchaff singing down at the Guadalhorce over the weekend, that seemed early!

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2013, 10:07:53 am »

On my local patch down, by the coast, there are no signs of any further spring migrants.

Although the strong south-westerly winds will have been helping them to cross from Africa, I am not yet seeing them.  This will be a combination of the very wet weather keeping me sheltering indoors and the birds also sheltering from the weather or not stopping.

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2013, 10:50:23 am »

Just to add to my previous post... Penny Hale telephoned to say she had Woodchat Shrike down on the Rio Guadiaro yesterday. Good sighting and early date methinks!

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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2013, 07:06:15 pm »

On my local patch, a Subalpine Warbler on Saturday and large numbers of Pallid Swift and House Martins today.
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2013, 10:18:07 pm »

Yesterday evening, an adult Egyptian Vulture plus Wryneck in Almagro (La Mancha).  And lots of Lesser Kestrel feeding on caterpillars.

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2013, 06:49:01 pm »

A Woodchat Shrike in Marbella today - photo attached!


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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2013, 09:39:43 am »

Woodchat Shrike Llanos de Libar yesterday and Juan Luis Muñoz had Black-eared Wheatear yesterday at Cañete la Real. Again large numbers of Short-toed Eagle passing through the Guadiaro valley along with smaller numbers of Black Kite. Had my first Booted Eagle (dark phase) for the year behind Montejaque. Also Alpine Swift near to Cuevo de Gato and also over the Tajo in Ronda.

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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2013, 02:39:41 pm »

I had my first montagu`s harrier on wednesday!
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2013, 08:56:15 pm »

Today I've heard the first Savi's Warbler of the year. Interesting month, Tablas de Daimiel is still crowed of winter migrants, like Cranes, Water Pipits, Bluethroats, Reed Buntings, Robins... and at the same time Black Kites are coming, and the Crested Grebes are on heat.

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2013, 10:41:44 pm »

Yesterday I was at Fuente de Piedra and saw my first Spanish Yellow Wagtails of the year and Willow Warbler.  I am still not seeing anything on my local patch on the coast.

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« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2013, 09:12:15 pm »

Any movement on the local patch yet David??  Where are you?
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2013, 10:19:26 am »

Managed a few trips this week...

Monday 18th March. Several Black Kite south of Tarifa, also my first adult male Montagu's Harrier. Several Short-toed Eagle around Tarifa and La Janda as well as several Woodchat Shrike and a beautiful male Sub-alpine Warbler at La Janda. Not migration. but it was good watching a displaying pair of Black-winged Kite!

Tuesday 19th March. Despite atrocious conditions, Yellow Wagtail, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Wood, Green and Common Sandpiper, Red-rumped Swallow, Black-eared Wheatear, Iberian Chiffchaff, Nightingale at Fuente de Piedra.

Wednesday 20th March. Big migration day over the Alta Genal and through the area of the Rio Guadiaro. '000's Black Kite, 30+ Short-toed Eagle, 10 Booted Eagle and a single extremely early Honey Buzzard. 3 male Black-eared Wheatear up in Llanos de Libar, also Sub-alpine Warbler and Spectacled Warbler.

Bee Eater were seen at La Janda on the 19th March, so keep your eyes open and an ear cocked for these great looking and sounding birds!

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