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Old Sunday 16th June 2019, 21:51   #4
Farnboro John
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Originally Posted by Jos Stratford View Post
It is now across the entire Western Palearctic. Estimated numbers of 800,000,000 to 1,000,000,000 passed through Israel in late March, more in April. Unprecedented numbers also in Cyprus and elsewhere in the Med.

Here in northern Europe, numbers started to arrive in Lithuania about 4 weeks ago, eapidly becoming numerous - must be tens of thousands across the country, they really are everywhere - saw about 500 along a single half kilometre track a few days ago, and had hundreds per gour migrating north elsewhere.

To put into context, this species is irregular in Lithuania, moderately common occasionally (but never like this year), totally absent in others - I only saw seven in the whole of last year in Lithuania and none the year before.

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