Regarding raptors, more than 4000 birds cruise over the peninsula every year, with different timings and passage peaks, and all the raptor species registered for Portugal have been sighted in Sagres during migration season. The most abundant species that pass through Sagres are Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus (the most numerous), Booted Eagle Aquila pennata, Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus and Common Buzzard Buteo buteo. These are followed in numbers by Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus, Black Kite Milvus migrans and Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus. Not so frequently, but regularly spotted are Black Stork Ciconia nigra, Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus, Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus and Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus. Scarcer species sighted every year include Boneli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata, Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti, Black Vulture Aegypius monachus, Rüppell’s Vulture Gyps rueppellii and Eleanora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae. Rare birds for Portugal like Lesser spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina, Pallid Harrier Circus macrouros and Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus, have been also spotted in the recent past.
Nocturnal raptors like Long-eared Owl Asio otus, Scops Owl Otus scops or European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus, also pass through Sagres, although their remain quite hidden from most eyes, in the cover of dusk.