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Sunday 25 April, Rocky slope behind Gaucin castle, light SW wind, partly cloudy, 0830hrs: 3 male Blue rock thrush, pair of Red-billed chough, Cuckoo, Kestrel, 4 Griffon vultures, singing Nightingale, Blackcap, Serin and Sardinian warbler.
Thursday 22 April, Camino de Avedin, 1700hrs: 6 Black kites heading North.
Wednesday 21 April, 2230hrs: Little owl calling during flight over the gardens between Calle del Pino and Calle Convento.
Tuesday 20 April, cloudy am, sunny pm, little or no wind. A day out and about! Along the Rio Genal near the bridge on the Manilva-Gaucin road, 0900hrs: Golden Oriole (male singing and gleaning insects from Eucalyptus trees), several Cetti's warblers, Nightingales, Cirl Bunting, Jay, Long-tailed tit. El Secadero, on the river west of Casares, 1100hrs: Short-toed eagle, Griffon vulture, fantastic close-up views of Bee-eaters, Wryneck heard but not seen, Whitethroat (singing male), many Woodchat shrike, Thekla lark. San Martin de Tesorillo, 1300hrs: Crested lark, Grey heron, Red-rumped swallow around the iron bridge. On a sad note, I found a recently dead European Nightjar on the Gaucin-Manilva road.
Monday 19 April, partly cloudy, light SE wind. After four days of rain and low cloud.....0930hrs Single adult Honey buzzard flying North over the village, Nightingale singing in the gardens between Calle del Pino and Calle Convento. 1100-1300hrs Short-toed eagle hunting in the valley to the south of El Hacho, small groups of bee-eaters passing through. Camino de Gibraltar, 1700hrs: Woodchat shrike, pair of Ravens, Cetti's warbler singing in the dense bushes between Calle del Pino and the waterworks, Sparrowhawk (female), Booted eagle (pale phase).
Wednesday 14 April, 0930hrs, cloudy, light SE wind: Montagu's harrier (male, transitional plumage) flying North over Calle del Pino, Black redstart (female) on TV aerial in Callejon del Pino. 1030hrs: Rocky slope behind the castle: Red-billed chough, Booted eagle hovering against the wind for long periods, Sparrowhawk (female).
Tuesday 13 April, 1530hrs: 5 booted eagles (all pale phase) visible from Calle Convento.
Tuesday 13 April, 0930hrs, cloudy, slight SE wind. Group of 6 black kites and 1 booted eagle (intermediate phase) flying directly North over the centre of the village.
Sunday 11 April: Camino de Gibraltar, 1700hrs; lovely sunny afternoon after a cool and cloudy morning. Highlight was a distant view of a pair of golden eagles above the Genal river towards the sierra de Bermeja and great views of sardinian warbler in display flight. Also, booted eagle (light phase), griffon vulture x10, serin, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, blue tit, blackbird, stonechat, 3 singing nightingales, great-spotted woodpecker, white wagtail, swallow, swift, house martin, wren and robin. Heard a group of bee-eaters flying over but couldn't see them to count!















Friday 09 April: 0830hrs - four nightingales singing between Gaucin and the turning to El Colmenar.
1700hrs - old cement works on side of El Hacho on road to El Colmenar; male black-eared wheatear (see photo), 2 thekla larks, 3 pairs of stonechat
Tuesday 06 April - La Umbria (the walk behind the Feria grounds and bull ring), 1000hrs and 1800hrs. The wind has gone but it was overcast and misty in the afternoon. Griffon vulture (x15), common buzzard, raven, booted eagle (dark phase), chiffchaff, blackcap, cuckoo, great-spotted woodpecker, crested tit, nuthatch.
Today, Wednesday 07 April. Bright, sunny and warm. Activity within the village: singing nightingales below calle del pino and next to venta socorro, 2x ravens, flock of 20+ bee-eaters, booted eagle (light phase).
Wednesday 05 April: Not much visible migration the last couple of days with the onset of fresh S-SE winds although there are still a fair number of bee-eaters moving through the area.
Friday 02 April - Camino de Gibraltar, 1500hr. Lovely afternoon, sunny but cool in the shade. short-toed eagle, booted eagle (light phase), griffon vulture, serin, 20+ bee-eater, sardinian warbler, stonechat, 3 nightingale, great-spotted woodpecker, white wagtail, song thrush, greenfinch, blackcap.