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Friday 02 August 2013, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light-fresh E-SE wind, 32C

Today saw the first 'reverse migrating' Black Kite of the year with 239 passing over the village between 1700 and 1715hrs. A handful more followed in the next 30min. Most birds were on a more or less N-S course but at times some were clearly 'tacking' into the fresh wind and heading E-SE, no doubt keen to avoid being blown off course towards the Atlantic.  Today's date for the first significant Black Kite passage compares to 04 August in 2012 and 29 July in 2011.

Swift numbers were at their peak late in the evening with over 200 to the south of the village at 2130hrs; mostly Common with a few Pallid scattered amongst them.

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