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Title: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: vicente 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).

Vicente.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Peter 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!

Peter
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Peter 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!

Peter
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade 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.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: vicente 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.

Vicente.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on March 13, 2013, 06:49:01 pm
A Woodchat Shrike in Marbella today - photo attached!
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Peter 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.

Peter
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: mike in Jerez on March 15, 2013, 02:39:41 pm
I had my first montagu`s harrier on wednesday!
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: vicente 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.

Vicente.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on March 20, 2013, 09:12:15 pm
Any movement on the local patch yet David??  Where are you?
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Peter 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!

Peter
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Penny Hale 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.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: vicente 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.

Vicente.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade 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!
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade 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.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: vicente 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.

Vicente.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on March 30, 2013, 08:37:26 pm
Yesterday in Estepona, Bee-eaters at their usual site and a Purple Heron.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on April 01, 2013, 11:18:22 am
First Nightingales singing yesterday morning, with at least four this morning proclaiming their territory.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Peter 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.

Peter
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David 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.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Peter 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.

Peter
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Peter 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?


Peter
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: vicente 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).

Vicente. 
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Brenda on April 09, 2013, 09:02:28 am


First male Golden Oriole on the telephone wires outside of our house this morning. Peter and I had an amazing view...In fact, it was my best view ever!

Brenda
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on April 15, 2013, 07:14:53 pm
Turtle Doves purring and Reed Warblers singing at the Río Guadalmansa yesterday.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on May 09, 2013, 11:28:08 am
Saw my first Spotted Flycatcher last Saturday (4 May) by the Río Guadalmansa in Estepona.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David on May 09, 2013, 12:32:49 pm
I saw my first two Spotted Flycatchers yesterday in the gorge beside my house.  Also a male and a female Pied Flycatcher turned up yesterday as well.

I have also heard Red-necked Nightjars calling from the adjacent campo now for three successive nights.

On Monday I found my first Western Olivacious Warblers on my local patch but have not seen any Melodious Warblers yet.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on July 01, 2013, 01:07:59 pm
An Eleonora's Falcon moving east today above the house.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Petrea on July 01, 2013, 02:51:01 pm
Interesting. So what route are they taking, can anyone tell me?

Saludos
Petrea
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on July 01, 2013, 03:29:06 pm
Hi Petrea
As far as I know, after they winter in Madagascar, they actually cross over the centre of Africa before flying north over the Sahara directly to their  breeding grounds on the east coast and islands off Spain.  A few will cross the Straits of Gibraltar late in the season.  Eleonora's Falcon are late breeders and time the feeding of their chicks to coincide with the southward migration of small passerines, switching back their diet to large flying insects when not breeding.  There is a small colony of none breeding birds most years in the area of Coín/Monda - so this could have been one of those birds arriving.  However, the majority breed on the Greek islands, and therefore probably follow a more easterly spring migration route.
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: David on July 02, 2013, 04:06:09 pm
Hi Kevin,

Is there a specific location in the Coin/Monda area where the Eleonora's Falcons are located?  I have seen this species in Cyprus but never in Spain.

David
Title: Re: 2013 Spring Migration
Post by: Kevin Wade on July 02, 2013, 09:32:09 pm
Hi David

They have been photographed at Los llanos del Matagallar, Coín and la Sierra de Alpujata on the Mijas side.

Kevin