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Tuesday 03 March 2015, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light W wind, 21C

Watching the skies above the village from 1300-1330hrs: 10 Black Kite, 2 Short-toed Eagle and 8 Black Stork. From 1415-1445: 50+ Black Kite, 10+ Short-toed Eagle and 13 Black Stork. There were also many Griffon Vulture around, a good proportion of which were mixed in with Black Kite/Short-toed Eagle and so were most likely returning migrants. Most birds today were heading roughly S-N to the west of the village.
At 1800hrs there were 15 medium-sized raptors high above Sierra Crestellina - most likely Black Kite (or Booted Eagle!); at the same time I had a great time watching a majestic adult Bonelli's Eagle soaring above the mountain with the late afternoon sun glistening off its pale belly.

In the garden Walnut tree this morning there were at least 8 Blackcap (5 male, 3 female).
Male Blackcap

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