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Thursday 05 September 2013, Gaucin, mostly sunny, fresh SE wind, 26C

Yesterday I saw just 7 Honey Buzzard at 1300hrs. From 0900-1030hrs this morning I had a look along the Camino de Gibraltar but it was very quiet with Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Coal Tit and Short-toed Treecreeper the only birds of note. Late afternoon there was some migration as follows:

1845hrs: 15 Honey Buzzard, 3 Black Kite
1900hrs: 8 Honey Buzzard
1915hrs: 7 Honey Buzzard
1930hrs: 6 Honey Buzzard

Most of the above were 'kettling' quite low just west of the castle before moving off more or less N-S. To the south of the village there were still a dozen or more Swift, including at least one pair of Pallid, plus House Martin, Booted Eagle and Short-toed Eagle. The number of birds in the post-breeding House Sparrow flock in the Calle Convento/Calle del Pino gardens is now a healthy 30+.

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