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Sunday 02 September, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light-fresh E-NE wind, 25C: Thankfully back to a more tolerable temperature today and great conditions for watching a significant raptor movement over the village. Highlights were a male Montagu's Harrier and 3 adult Egyptian Vulture. There were birds passing over most of the afternoon with counts as follows:
1245hrs: 8 Honey Buzzard
1430hrs: 50 Honey Buzzard, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 male Montagu's Harrier
1600hrs: 9 Honey Buzzard, 1 Black Kite
1610hrs: 30 Honey Buzzard
1620-1630hrs: 90 Honey Buzzard, 1 Black Kite
1640hrs: 31 Honey Buzzard, 1 adult Egyptian Vulture
1700hrs: 36 Honey Buzzard
1730-1740hrs: 54 Honey Buzzard, 1 Black Kite
1750hrs: 8 Honey Buzzard, 2 adult Egyptian Vulture
1815hrs: 24 Honey Buzzard
1910hrs: 31 Honey Buzzard, 2 Black Kite
1940hrs: A single kettle of 119 birds, the majority were Honey Buzzard but there were at least 10 Black Kite and several Common Buzzard amongst them
2010hrs: 8 Honey Buzzard, 6 Black Kite

Some of the Honey Buzzard passage was in very high, swirling 'kettles' and as such identification of all individuals within a group was quite tricky; I would imagine that the totals above probably included more Common Buzzard than I recorded. Throughout the afternoon the migrants were joined by local Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Griffon Vulture and around 1800hrs there was a noisy flock of 20+ Bee-eater swooping in and out of the almond groves that surround the Camino de Avedin.

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