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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2013, 12:09:15 am »

Yesterday in Tablas de Daimiel: Redstart, Pied Flycatchers, still a lot of Nightingales and a solitaire Wood Warbler (a bird seen only on migration and very scarce here).

Today in my town Almagro (Campo de Calatrava) over ten Pied Flycatchers, several Spotted Flycatchers, Melodious Warbler, Northern Wheatear and just one Honeybuzzard. But many interesting birds too: Black & Griffon Vultures, Golden, Spanish Imperial and Bonelli's Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Hawfinch and over 350 Greater Flamingoes in the beautiful Laguna del Acebuche, a volcanic lagoon sited in the middle of the Sierra.

This year the migration has started sooner than in other years. Be aware in the South!


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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2013, 02:41:09 pm »

Our autumn season seems to draw ever closer as so many familiar summer birds start their long migration south into Africa. Bee eaters are currently passing through in their thousands, whilst raptors are also joining the flow southward with many recent sightings of Honey Buzzard flocks gracing our skies. All good signs for my upcoming autumn migration tour which starts on the 8th September! Still, as exciting as autumn migration is, it is also sad to see so many birds departing our shores and heralding an end to summer.

Big numbers now of Pied Flycatcher (strange to see them concentrate on ground feeding - ants - during migration) and Common Redstart going through right now, along with Melodious Warbler and building numbers of Common Whitethroat. A few Spotted Flycatcher are joining the procession south whilst soaring birds building up in ever increasing numbers are Short-toed and Booted Eagle. Of course Black Kite are also increasing and I am hoping to see a few juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle dispersing into my patch this month, speaking of which we have a 2nd year individual that has been around all year!

Hope to keep you posted as migration builds over the coming weeks, but it certainly seems to have started early this year, in larger numbers I mean.


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