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Wednesday 10 September 2014, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light S-SE wind am, light W-NW wind pm, 31C

The change in wind direction this morning from the prevailing westerlies lasted all of a few hours. Raptor passage is currently VERY high and mostly not visible with the naked eye, so just a few observations to note:

1700-1800hrs: a steady trickle of Honey Buzzard and a few Booted Eagle
1800hrs: 1 adult Egyptian Vulture
1830hrs: 32 Honey Buzzard, 1 Black Kite

Tim Birkhead reported a female Eurasian Sparrowhawk perched on the roof of the Convento building which was harrassed by Starlings for about 15min before flying off; also 2 Swift sp., and 2 Alpine Swift over the village. Tim was down at the Cazalla raptor watchpoint near Tarifa where it was rather quiet but he saw Northern Goshawk, Egyptian Vulture and several Montagu's Harrier, Black Kite and Booted Eagle. Returning via san Pablo de Buciete he saw 20 Alpine Swift feeding with 100+ European Bee-eater.

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