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Wednesday 21 August 2013, Gaucin, sunny, light-fresh E-SE wind, 31C

The first reverse migration Honey Buzzard of the year were seen today; by this time last year we had already had a few days of light Honey Buzzard passage and I was beginning to wonder when this year's movement would start. Early afternoon I spotted a couple of raptors a long way off that had a Honey Buzzard look about them but they were just too distant to be sure and it wasn't long before more arrived directly above the village and I was able to confirm an ID. Numbers as follows: 

1530hrs: 20 Honey Buzzard heading N-S
1540hrs: 4 Honey Buzzard heading NE-SW
1545hrs: 1 Black Kite, 30 European Bee-eater and 1 Short-toed Eagle
1655hrs: 40 European Bee-eater

There were a couple of local Booted Eagle and several Griffon Vulture around all afternoon plus a few Common Swift, at least one pair of Pallid Swift, several House Martin and one pair of Barn Swallow.

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