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Thursday 08 October 2015, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light-fresh S-SE wind, 24C

For the first time in a while I had the opportunity to scan the skies mid-afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to see that there was still some raptor migration with 60+ individuals moving through between 15:00-16:00hrs; they were all very high but those that were low enough to ID (at least 35) were all Short-toed Eagle. There were also 2 Kestrel sp. that were too high to ID and a single Booted Eagle plus a steady trickle of Barn Swallow heading south throughout the afternoon.
Between 18:30-19:00hrs there were 200+ House Martin and 2 Alpine Swift above the village and a juv Blue Rock Thrush just above the water catchment reservoir opposite the Guardia Civil building - despite the warm weather they are already moving into their winter quarters.

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