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Hi,

We live in the east of the Var, almost in the Alpes Maritimes. Every September we see flocks of birds migrating in a south-westerly direction. They fly throughout the day, several dozen at a time, calling to each other non-stop. They are so high that it's difficult to identify them. They are probably the size of a jay, have wedge-shaped tails, longish bodies and curved wings a bit more angular than those of a swift. I know that's a bit vague, but I was hoping that a knowledgeable twitcher out there may have some suggestions. Thank you. Angela
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Thank you both. I haven't seen a single one today. I've had another look in my Barthel and Dougalis European Bird Guide and I too had wondered about Bee-eaters. The in-flight illustration is a good match for what I've been seeing. The Kite doesn't have enough matching points. Now all I have to do is wait for them to fly the other way in the Spring! Thanks again.

Angela
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it would be interesting to know what you were hearing. Bee Eaters are very distinctive when they are flying in a flock. If you go to the following link and listen to the 2nd song down it would give you a pretty good idea if it was a flock of Bee Eaters you saw.

http://www.wildechoes.org/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=107:bee-eater&catid=57:meropidae-bee-eaters&Itemid=87

and this site has a load of information

http://www.xeno-canto.org/europe/XCspeciesprofiles.php?species_nr2=5990.00&pagenumber=&order=taxonomy&view=3

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Thank you. Brilliant!

On the first website the photo of the bee-eater in flight is exactly the profile I am seeing and the second song is spot on.

A small flock flew over this morning, much lower, making it easier to see their silhouette. On the second Website the first sound track (Spain) is what I'm hearing.

Angela
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