Migration watching at Tarifa is extremely weather dependent, this year it was an unusually hot summer with little in the way of strong autumnal winds and subsequently migrant raptors passed over very early and very high up. Apart from two ‘mega’ days we saw hundreds per day rather than thousands. It was the same with migrant passerines, ‘nice’ weather meant that millions of warblers, flycatchers, wagtails etc. passed over into Africa unhindered without stopping or dropping along the Spanish coast.
These conditions did not spoil our birding we had a great time seeing over 160 species with some fantastic sightings: thousands of White Storks at La Janda, roosting Red-necked Nightjars, Black-winged Kites hunting, Honey Buzzards passing over in huge swarms and a flock of Little Swifts coming in to roost. These were just a few of our wonderful experiences during this migration watch, read on for much more……..Download Trip Report (2.16 MB)
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