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Sightings from a windy Cape Greco and Akhna Dam 3rd October 2013

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Very windy today especially at the Cava Viewpoint and the Honey Buzzard that were flying over the area out to sea were getting a good buffeting. I saw fifteen in total and also a Marsh Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Hobby and seven Red-footed Falcon. There were about 100 European Bee-eater and slightly less Barn Swallow through the area during my stay there. The male Blue Rock Thrush was around again and there was still a Cyprus Wheatear in the area.

I spent a couple of hours walking round Akhna Dam when I finished and watched the Osprey fishing for a long time. Other raptors around were a couple of Marsh Harrier, two Honey Buzzard, migrating Lesser Kestrel flying direct and quickly heading south and a Peregrine Falcon sitting on one of the islands. He was feeding on something but I couldn’t see what had been unlucky! There were around forty Spur-winged Lapwing as well as about twenty each of Ruff and Common Ringed Plover. Other waders seen were Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin and several Common Snipe. There were at least four Common Kingfisher, ten Little Egret, a couple of Cattle Egret and Grey Heron and a Squacco Heron. Several Spotted Flycatcher and Yellow Wagtail were present together with a Reed Warbler, a juvenile Masked Shrike and two juvenile Red-backed Shrike.

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