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ABS Birding forum => Migration => Topic started by: Peter on July 23, 2011, 02:55:45 pm

Title: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on July 23, 2011, 02:55:45 pm
No surely not! Yep, a gathering of Honey Buzzard spiralling in a thermal above my home and then heading south, but it only seems like 5 minutes ago that they were passing in large numbers going north.

Migration certainly has already started, I’ve had flocks of Bee eater heading south, with some local colonies appearing to leave more-or-less as soon as the young were fledged. Lots of juvenile Sardinian Warblers have been passing through the garden for the last 3 weeks (just where are they going?) and I had a couple of juvenile Sub-alpine Warblers in the garden yesterday.

So signs of our autumn migration already!

Peter
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on July 28, 2011, 01:59:31 pm
Things definitely hotting up on the migration side of things. Had lots of Sand Martin, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Common Swifts around the patch yesterday. Went to Fuente de Piedra and the Lesser Flamingo were still there (3 individuals), with an enormously succesful looking breeding season for Greater Flamingo, I would guestimate 15000 plus youngsters in the nursery! Also lots of White-headed Duck (48+), couple of Marbled Teal (Duck), Purple Swamphen, Black-winged Kite and yet more Wood Sandpiper at Laguna Dulce.

Peter  ;D
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on July 29, 2011, 03:02:46 pm
Small flock of Red Crossbill in the garden yesterday and today, perhaps not migration, but possibly altitudinal dispersal? Whatever its a sign birds are on the move!

Peter
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on August 05, 2011, 06:38:28 pm
5th August 2011.

Marsh Sandpiper (1), Wood Sandpiper (3), Marbled Teal - Duck (4), White-headed Duck 50+, plus Sand Martin, Common Swift (00s) and Common Coot (3000+) at Luguna Dulce.

Spotted Redshank (1), Curlew Sandpiper (20+), Little Stint (14), Dunlin (6) among many species seen at Fuente de Piedra.

Peter
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on August 05, 2011, 06:40:46 pm
5th August 2011

10's Black Kite in several flocks on our journey from Fuente de Piedra to Ronda. Montagu's Harrier and Marsh Harrier also headed south.

Peter
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on September 21, 2011, 07:58:22 am
Out and about yesterday and we had Ruppell's Vulture imm near to Indiana and area by the Rio Guadiaro, Black Stork, 1000+ Rock Sparrow. Up at the top end of LLanos de Libar we had Goshawk, 00's Griffon Vulture, several Sparrowhawk, Short-toed Eagle and Booted Eagle. A few Sub-alpine Warbler were still present and many more Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Most noticeable was the 'fall' of Common Redstart, Spotted and Pied Flycatcher.

Several more species on a day.

Peter
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on September 28, 2011, 02:18:54 pm
Serrania de Ronda. Its been an extremely busy period throughout September, especially with small passerines, most notable at the moment are the big numbers of both common and black redstart, pied and spotted flycatcher, with of course many warbler species. Raptors have been variable in numbers most days with some juvenile (immature) dispersal also noticeable with such species as Bonelli's and Spanish Imperial Eagle making appearance in and around the area i.e. Spanish Imperial Eagle was present Sierra de Libar 23rd September and just outside the village of Fuente de Piedra 13th September (see photo courtesy of Peter Thorpe)..

Peter
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: mike in Jerez on September 29, 2011, 01:30:49 pm
There is a report in today's El Mundo newspaper about 2 young Spanish Imperial Eagles being electrocuted in the Las Lomas finca in La Janda, not far from the nests where the species has been reintroduced after being bred in captivity. The reintroduction programme has been criticized by the "Ecologistas en Acción" group which points out that there is no sense in spending so much public money on  such a programme without having first eliminated the risks to the birds, in this case by improving safety measures in the pylon/cable network. As a stopgap solution permanent guards from Egmasa have been placed near the pylons to sound their car horns when the birds are anywhere near. The electricity company Endesa is due to tackle the problem.
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Eva Bratek on September 29, 2011, 05:40:34 pm
Hi, Mike, could you provide a link to the article? I tried looking for it including a key word search but no success.
Thanks, Eve
Title: Imperial Eagle and pylon protection
Post by: Eva Bratek on September 29, 2011, 05:51:25 pm
http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2011/03/07/ciencia/1299498879.html

This is the only article I could find which is from March. If the pylons at Las Lomas are unprotected it´s time for them to be protected - we could petition all parties involved (Endesa, Junta de Andalucia, Seprona and Imperial Eagle program) to put the protective plaque on.
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: mike in Jerez on September 29, 2011, 06:54:43 pm
Eve I can`t find a reference to it in the Andalucía section of El Mundo. I can photocopy if you like and email it. There are several articles in El Mundo this year  re this Eagle, apart from the one you mentioned.The following link also gives valuable information http://waste.ideal.es/aguilaimperial.htm
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: mike in Jerez on September 30, 2011, 10:32:37 am
Eve, I can`t find it on El Mundo website today either, but you may find the following scientific paper interesting: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0017196 
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: mike in Jerez on January 27, 2012, 03:31:38 pm
http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2011/12/20/andalucia/1324384084.html

This link is to an article about the electrocution of Imperial Eagles, similar to the one I couldn`t quite locate for Eva in September
Title: Re: Autumn Migration begins!
Post by: Peter on February 19, 2012, 11:20:41 pm
Thanks for the link Mike..

Peter