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Offline Jesus Contreras

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« on: May 18, 2008, 00:45 AM »
Lots of individuals of Red footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) has arrived accidentally to Iberia in May (possibly for bad wheather and storms in its original area).

Every people that can report about this bird(number of individuals and place of sighting) are very welcome for getting the reports to the BIRDS forum (Avesfoum) of SEO (Ornithological Spanish Society).

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Jesús Contreras
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« Last Edit: May 18, 2008, 02:31 AM by indalo »
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008, 17:46 PM »
That's interesting Jesús, as I saw one on May 3rd.  It was flying over the fields around the Aiguamolls d'Empordà nature reserve, where I was able to confirm the sighting.  Where have others been seen?

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2008, 19:42 PM »
This influx appears to extend across a broad front in Europe with good numbers of Red-foots appearing in the UK (including three or more here in Kent), good numbers in France and doubtless elsewhere,

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2008, 01:30 AM »
Thanks for your posts... it looks as if these birds has come through the Mediterranean,  ...  storms??? ... and got to the Ebro River area... and from there they have spread to every place South, North and West. Also have been watched massively in France.

When a report is completed I will get it to you.

Thanks again.

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2008, 10:26 AM »
Haven't seen any yet in La Puerta del Sol.  :'(

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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 11:51 AM »
On the 12th May my Naturetrek group and I saw 6 RFFs on the Balaguer drylands and 9 on the Bellmunt drylands. On the 19th May there was a female at Alfés and a male near Balaguer. There have been many more reports on a local naturalists' forum.

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008, 16:40 PM »
Thanks a lot for this, Steve...  I have just passed your interesting data to Andrew Paterson, of SEO Birlife, that is picking up every information about this bird.

Thanks again.

Is it possible to document the reports of the local naturalist? ... a mail address perhaps?

From Almería

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2008, 20:19 PM »
As promised, here is complete information about Falco vespertinus invasion.

http://birdspain.blogspot.com/

Cheers


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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2008, 21:48 PM »
Curious the distribution maps on the blog thread. I saw the reports via the website rarebirdsinspain.net. Very few reports over our end of the country compared to the east, so maybe the birds followed the normal route and dispursed westward (bad weather movements maybe)? I once had a juvenile here near 'Old Ronda' during August 2006, but not surprisingly none since.

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