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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2013, 12:32:54 pm »

Hi Peter

We had our first Bee-eaters overhead yesterday, two flocks of about 10 birds calling and flying just above Rio Genal.  We were lunching outside in the warm sunshine (!) with friends from UK at my friend Jo's home which is just this side of the bridge over the Rio Genal between us at Casares and Gaucin.  It was the wonderful, welcome call that alerted us to their arrival!  Summer almost here!

Other sightings of interest were 3 Egyptian Vultures flying together at Bolonia a week ago when again we were lunching outside with visitors from UK who had come to study moths with me.  We also had lot of Black Kites, Short-toed Eagles that day and Yellow Wagtail.  On Thursday last week I also saw a Subalpine Warbler going down to Rio Genal opposite Venta Molina.
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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2013, 06:24:16 pm »

Definitely spring is here. Last outings in Tablas de Daimiel N.P. allowed us to watch Yellow Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike, Black Kite, Osprey, Short-Toed Eagle, Spotted Redshank and Savi's Warbler, but Nightingale was also heard. Otherwise wintertime doesn't seem to want to leave Spain, a Merlin was seen this morning, a very late date for this species in the south of Spain.

We're just waiting for those Bee-Eaters to come.

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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2013, 02:38:59 pm »

First Booted Eagles over the house yesterday - two light phase and one dark - and a male Marsh harrier - a house/garden tick (the only list I keep and this was number 84 on the list)  Still waiting for those Bee-eaters and the first Nightingale!
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« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2013, 10:44:43 pm »


On the Field Trip to Osuna on Saturday we saw a single Whitethroat, about ten Red-rumped Swallows, and large numbers of Lesser Kestrel and Montagu's Harriers.

On our way home we called into Fuente de Piedra and the place was crawling with Iberian Wagtails.

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« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2013, 04:20:05 pm »

Bee Eaters are on the move.

I spent a few hours walking round my local patch this morning and heard Bee Eaters calling.  I eventually spotted six birds flying high and north - they weren't stopping.

I also saw my first Sub-alpine Warbler this year.  It was a female feeding in a gorse bush.

Yesterday morning I was playing golf at La Cala and also spotted a Booted Eagle flying northwards.

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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2013, 12:28:35 pm »

At last - Bee-eaters over the house this morning, but in a fast direct flight and more Booted Eagles including this dark-phase bird, very high up.


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« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2013, 01:47:34 pm »

More Bee Eaters passed over my local patch this morning.  There were two groups with about a dozen birds in each.  They were calling and heading north.

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« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2013, 08:09:25 pm »

Yesterday a dark phase Booted Eagle in Tablas de Daimiel, plus Collared Pratincole, Whiskered Tern, Garganey, etc. Today, at last, two Purple Herons.

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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2013, 08:37:26 pm »

Yesterday in Estepona, Bee-eaters at their usual site and a Purple Heron.


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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2013, 11:18:22 am »

First Nightingales singing yesterday morning, with at least four this morning proclaiming their territory.
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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2013, 06:36:22 pm »

Serrania de Ronda: Northern Wheatear passing through now in good numbers, also singleton Montagu's Harrier. Nightingale building up on various territories as is Common Whitethroat and Sub-alpine Warbler. Common Cuckoo heard 24.03 and seen 30.03. Booted Eagle now present in good numbers and displaying, whilst Short-toed Eagle on territories. Small numbers of Alpine Swift regular in Rio Guadiaro area, perhaps the heralds of returning breeding birds to Cuevo de Gato? Scop's Owl seen near Venta Vega 23.03. Migration of raptors still apparent with large numbers of Black Kite, Short-toed and Booted Eagle seen almost daily, but a real surprise was 2 immature Spanish Imperial Eagle flying over Accinipo on 26.03. Bee eater seen or heard now on most days, Woodchat Shrike now back in good numbers.

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« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2013, 10:16:00 pm »

On my local patch I now have Blackcaps, singing Nightingales, Whitethroats and am seeing Bee Eaters pass over nearly every day.

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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2013, 05:40:07 pm »

Serrania de Ronda:

Large numbers of migrating Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, a single (yet another) very early Honey Buzzard and Bee eater. Other birds seen Sub-alpine and Spectacled Warbler, Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher. Several Nightingale on territories. Other special birds of the day were Long-legged Buzzard (adult), Golden Eagle adult, Bonelli's and Booted Eagles. Sand Martin and several Red-rumped Swallow. Species total for the day 61.

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« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2013, 06:18:58 pm »

Serrania de Ronda:

My first Rock Thrush (male) of the year 04.04. Near to Alpandeire, just great to see them back here again. Lots else too, but post again after the weekend. Still to see Orphean and Bonelli's Warbler, anyone else seen them?


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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2013, 10:00:15 pm »

This morning a Bonelli's Warbler in the Guadiana river near Tablas de Daimiel, plus lots of Night & Purple Herons and Collared Pratincoles. As a curiosity, my first record for WH Duck in Almagro (La Mancha is plenty of water nowadays).

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