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2014-03-15 - 12:04 p.m.

Yesterday was not a good day. I'd had a minor cold but I thought I was over it and stopped taking the antihistimine. My body decided that it was the perfect time to rid itself of what can only be described as excess mucus. Ugh. I wasn't just blowing my nose. I was throwing up because there was a disgusting coating on my throat. I finally went back to the hotel and slept it off.

Really disappointing for me as it was the day that a friend was going to take me to Gilbralter to see the Barbary Apes and I had to miss it. Oh well. At least it didn't happen on a great migration day.

The other two found a Long-Legged Buzzard, and we went back this morning to try to get pictures, but we never really got a terrifically close look. That bird was skittish.

Great views of a pale -- you could say white-faced -- Short Toed Snake Eagle. Beautiful view of a perched Little Owl with its yellow eyes open. A second owl flew behind it, so I think they had a nest nearby.

The migration was painfully slow. One large high knot of Black Storks. Short-Toed Snake Eagles being dispensed one by one or two by two. Black Kites. Various Booted Eagle morphs but probably never more than two Booted Eagles in view at a time. It was a beautiful sunny day and evidently the conditions were right to keep the birds up high and on the move.

Many attractive Goldfinches in one field but I think the Little Owl is truly the bird of the day.

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