Saturday, September 1, 2012

Magic migration day

Today, I've passed all day in l'Aiguamoll de la Bòbila. It has been, probably, the best day I've ever passed there.

Joan Manubens came with me today. The weather was great for migration: cloudy sky, no wind...

Firstly, we saw the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and the Great Egret (Casmerodius albus), as every day. 'Not a good day today', it seemed... But suddenly, some Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) appeared just behind us. In La Bòbila, that is in the middle of a big agricultural zone, basically wheat fields, is difficult to see more than 10 raptors in migration together.

Today, we are broke all the 'records. We saw 436 Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus), 12 Black Kites (Milvus migrans), 3 Short-toed Snake-eagles (Circaetus gallicus), 2 Montagu's Harriers (Circus pygargus) (a juvenile and an adult male), 1 Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), 2 Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus), 1 Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), 7 Booted Eagles (Aquila pennata), 1 Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and 1 Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo). 466 raptors migration through l'Aiguamoll de la Bòbila in a morning!

During the rest of the day, we also saw more than 250 Common Swifts (Apus apus) with 10 Alpine Swifts (Apus melba) migrating, 1 Stock Dove (Columba oenas) (second for l'Aiguamoll), 1 Sand Martin (Riparia riparia), 1 Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) (fisrt record for l'Aiguamoll), 3 Tree Pipits (Anthus trivialis), 3 Tawny Pipits (Anthus campestris), 4 Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava), 1 Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), 1 Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), 4 Northern Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe), 5 Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), 1 Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), 1 Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis), 1 Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin), 1 Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans), 2 Willow Warblers (Phylloscopus trochilus), 3 Pied Flcatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) and 1 Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus). 

It was a magic migration day for this little wetland!

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