Records from the hill called Cabranosa in Sagres, Portugal.
All records are my own* due to timings of arrival.
Arriving late afternoon. No migrant raptors.
1 Black Kite, 2 Peregrine and 3 Kestrel.
Also Ringed Plover, Hoopoe, and Death’s Head Hawk-moth larvae.
A little better, though raptor migration is very slow.
4-6 Short-toed Eagle, 9-13 Booted Eagle, 5 Sparrowhawk, 1 Black Kite, 6+ Kestrel. Also 2 Raven and local Chough flock to roost.
Clouded Yellow one of the few butterflies moving at the moment.
57 Booted Eagle and 1 Black Kite. Noticeable increase of Booted Eagle arriving in the Sagres Peninsula, but otherwise very quiet on a day which saw several heavy showers covering a wide area.
Heavy rain all day. No raptor recording took place.
52-70 Booted Eagle, 2 Black Kite, 5 Short-toed Eagle, 1 Honey Buzzard, 1 Buzzard. Some new Booted Eagles into the peninsula today, also a Golden Eagle in but didn’t make it to Sagres, remaining to the north of the area. Hopefully the first of a selection of birds arriving. Its very quiet at the moment – but it is migration, this is how it works.
Convolvulus Hawk-moth in Lagos
Rain and thunderstorms dominated the day from around 9.00am with weather from the east making going out impossible. Clearing by mid-afternoon and then new storms coming in from the west. Tomorrow may be a washout, then just a case of seeing how long these weather systems linger before good weather arrives.
Few birds from Cabranosa late afternoon. Several Booted Eagle were around, including perhaps 5+ new arrivals drifting in. Also a Honey Buzzard which was maybe different to yesterday’s bird with a very pale rump area. 2 Short-toed Eagle and one Kestrel.
Howling wind – with occasional heavy showers. No birding.
Another cloudy day with rain on and off. 3 Booted Eagle sat in trees viewable from Cabranosa, with several Spotted and Pied Flycatchers in the immediate area.
Seawatching from 13.30-18.30 from Cape St Vincent produced: Shag – 1 south + several blogging, 1392 Gannet south, 60+ Cory’s Shearwater bloggin + 6 east, 4 Great Shearwater east, 42 Balearic Shearwater south, 2 Sooty Shearwater south, 45 Great Skua south, 20 Arctic Skua south, 3 Pomarine Skua south, 1 Audouin’s Gull south, 7 Lesser Black-backed south, 37 Sandwich Tern south, 1 Common Tern south, 20+ sterna sp south.
Only present from 14-00-18.00 on Cabranosa.
20-40 Booted Eagle, 3 Short-toed Eagle, 1 Hen Harrier and one Sparrowhawk.
Another quiet period on Cabranosa. 1 Osprey, 33-42 Booted Eagle, 5 Short-toed Eagle, 2 Black Kite, 2-4 Kestrel. Also 30+ Woodlark in the immediate area.
Finally, some sunshine, and some new birds! 2 Black Stork, 1-2 Osprey, 29-38 Booted Eagle, 18-25 Short-toed Eagle, 1 Buzzard, 2 Black Kite, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3-6 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Raven.
A Cirl Bunting appeared briefly on Cabranosa and 15+ Woodlark were in the immediate area.
A 1st winter Pintail was at Martinhal on the lagoon. Photo by Paulo Alves
Yellow-legged Gull – Sagres harbour.
A quieter day, with some birds leaving the bottleneck. 2 Black Stork, 1 Osprey, 19-22 Booted Eagle, 12-22 Short-toed Eagle, 2 Black Kite, 2+ Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 3 Kestrel, 2 Raven.
The Pintail remained at Martinhal, viewed on the sea off the bar, while 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 9 Kentish Plover were on the lagoon, while 5 Spoonbill appeared almost at last night, and probably roosted.
One of many Death’s Head Hawk-moth caterpillars.
A change of wind direction saw some birds move into the peninsula, a sign of better things to come. 10 Black Stork, 18+ Booted Eagle, 10+ Short-toed Eagle, 2 Black Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 2-3 Raven.
Also 6 Woodlark and a noticeable increase in Crag Martin number.
Overnight migration records in Lagos involved 30 Blackbird and 46 Song Thrush from 00.30-02.00
Favourable winds saw a good number of birds enter the recording area, with plenty of birds making their way to Sagres. 17 Black Stork, 2 Egyptian Vulture, c200 Griffon Vulture, 1 Ruppell’s Vulture, 24 Booted Eagle, 13 Short-toed Eagle, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Black Kite, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 4+ Kestrel, 2 Raven. 7 Woodlarks remained close to Cabranosa, and there was a noticeable movement of Wagtails with 36+ flava, 2 Grey Wagtail and 7 White Wagtail moving NW late on.
Cabranosa magic – winds prevented the Griffon flock leaving the SW tip of the peninsula, which meant several hours with plenty of birds low in the sky. 15 Black Stork, 3 Egyptian Vulture, c300-320 Griffon Vulture, 3 Ruppell’s Vulture, 20+ Booted Eagle, 16-20 Short-toed Eagle, 1 Black Kite, 1 Peregrine, 1 Hobby, 1 Merlin, 4+ Kestrel, 1 Raven. 4 Grey Heron flew south west late pm.
A Richard’s Pipit flew west over Lagos around 01.00 with thrushes and small numbers of Meadow Pipits also noted.
A quiet afternoon on Cabranosa as temperatures soared. The main Griffon flock disappeared, taking with them many of the birds. 4 Egyptian Vulture, 18 Griffon Vulture, 9 Booted Eagle, 13 Short-toed Eagle, 1 Bonelli’s Eagle, 1 Honey Buzzard, 3 Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 2-4 Kestrel.
An Olive-backed Pipit and Yellow-browed Warbler were found in the immediate Cabranosa vicinity early morning, but searching during the afternoon only yielded a pipit sp, a Firecrest, Redstart and both Spotted and Pied Flycatcher, and 2 Pallid Swift were noted.
Another warm day on Cabranosa. A nice diversity of species, until the curse of the Griffon Vultures struck – once they go, everything is sucked out of Sagres! 1 Black Stork, 4-5 Egyptian Vulture, 80-88 Griffon Vulture, 8-13 Booted Eagle, 10-14 Short-toed Eagle, 1 Bonelli’s Eagle, 1 Hen Harrier, 2+ Sparrowhawk, 1-2 Peregine, 2-3 Hobby, 3+ Kestrel
The Olive-backed Pipit showed well late afternoon.
The final day also featured the incredible spectacle of Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii movement. Roughly 69,500 per minute were moving over 1km up to a height of 2 metres – or 300,000+ per minute across the same area up to a height of 10 metres! With many, many more above that. The sky was full of Sympetrum.
* totals are personal sightings. An environmental consultancy company compiles daily records as part of a project which are more accurate than those listed here.