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Just to keep your spirits up Marigold.
The cameras are up and running at Glaslyn, having survived floods and 70mph winds. Some brave soul has been up the tree and cleaned out all the grass growing in the nest today.
Various other sites are testing their web cams, and 3 Ospreys crossed the Straits of Gibraltar on Sunday. Fingers crossed for all nest sites around the country
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They are so lucky to have the cleaners in before they get back after their holiday! They'll find the weather isn't as nice as in Senegal though.
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Decidedly damp here today.
From the guys in Gibraltar on 29 Feb, the first real day of big migration across the strait produced 2498 Black Kite, 320 Short toed Eagle, 20 Egyptian Vulture, 380 White Stork, 98 Black Stork, 7 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk and 11 House Martin.
On the 3rd March 4000 Black Kite crossed the strait, and an estimated 25000 roosted on the African side that night.
An Osprey today flew across a French raptor migration point.
Migration is truly amazing.
Oh is looking forward to warm days and scanning the skies and counting what goes over
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You wouldn't want to be a housemartin amongst that lot! I wonder how many more got eaten by the birds of prey???
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Luckily, most birds of prey seem to give hirundines a miss, as they are fast flying it takes a lot of energy to catch one. The exception being Hobbies who will hunt them in bad weather when dragonflies are scarce.
Luckily for these martins, Kites are mainly carrion eaters.
Osprey flew over garden about 10 mins ago, and one flew over Kelling in Norfolk at midday
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OH went to Dalbeg beach yesterday

https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/se ... eg-p523631

and saw quite a few terns, although he wasn't close enough to tell what kind. I expect the bonxies will be back soon, too.
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That looks idyllic. Must revisit that part of the world soon
We saw a few Bonxies last week off the coast of Cornwall. North Westerly onshore wind and plenty of seabirds from Cape Cornwall. When large numbers of Gannets started feeding, the gulls moved in and the Bonxies and Arctic Skuas soon appeared to chase them about
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A diversion from Corona Virus. Two ospreys arrived at Llyn Brenig early pm, then a regular breeding female not Maya returned to Rutland late pm
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Great news! I know its been a bit windy but hopefully they are not being blown off course like last year (or whatever was happening.)
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We had our 1st Blackcap back in the garden yesterday singing away. OH on a local woodland clocked 10 singing Chiffchaff and 135 Redwing heading back homewards.
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