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Autumn is the season when many species of birds that have come here to breed, leave. Swifts and Cuckoos are among the first to go, usually in August. Swallows leave in September and October, although once or twice, I have seen odd ones in November. Meanwhile, many birds which breed further north will be arriving to take advantage of our relatively mild winters and stay until spring. Pink-footed Geese from Greenland and Iceland, Whooper Swans from Iceland, Redwings and Fieldfares from Scandinavia and Barnacle Geese from Svalbard. Other species including many waders will stop off here while they feed-up, ready for the next stage of their migration.


Many migrants just seem to appear but there are times and places where migration becomes more visible. In September, large skeins of Pink-footed Geese can be seen flying south over Cumbria, as they head to Norfolk and Lancashire, where many spend the early part of the winter. This September, Marjorie and I spent a week on the Spanish coast near Tarifa. The Straits of Gibraltar are only nine or ten miles wide here, so this is the shortest crossing from Europe to Africa. The south facing hills on the Spanish side heat up quickly in the sun, which causes powerful thermals to develop from about 10.00am. These can lift large birds high enough to enable them to glide across to Africa and at key points, hundreds and at times, even thousands of birds can be seen soaring up into the sky in preparation for the crossing. Sometimes they soar so high they disappear.


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thousands, the week before we were there but we still saw quite a few. Short- toed (or Snake) Eagles and the smaller Booted Eagles were passing through and occasionally, a Short-toed Eagle would start to hunt very close to us. Marsh and Montagues Harriers, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Bonelli’s Eagles, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, Common and Lesser Kestrels and Black Storks were all seen. Bee-eaters, Common, Pallid and Alpine Swifts, Swallows and Red Rumped Swallows, were also making the crossing but they are more powerful and ignored the thermals and flew straight across.


One of the highlights for me was watching a flock of about White Storks come across the valley towards us, get into a thermal immediately over us and soar around gaining height. They set off in a glide towards Africa, only to return twice as they lacked the height to make it safely on the first two attempts.


The West Cumbria RSPB Group’s next indoor meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 7th November in United Reformed Church, Main Street Cockermouth when Peter Jones, Cumbria Wildlife Trust Reserves Officer will talk about ‘A Journey around South Cumbria’. There will be an RSPB Coffee Morning in the URC On Saturday 11th November, from 10.00am until 12 noon. All are welcome.


More details from www.rspb.org.uk/groups/westcumbria or from Group Leader Dave Smith on 01900 85347, or Marjorie and Neil on 01900 825231.


Neil Hutchin 19 OCTOBER 2017 ISSUE 419 PAGE 58 FROM MY PERCH


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