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Thursday 19 May, Camino de Gibraltar, Gaucin, 1600-1730hrs, partly cloudy, warm: My first trip along here for a while; it seemed eerily quiet, then I realised that the water treatment pump was out of action - long may it continue, thus! There were at least 3 Nightingale, 2 Corn Bunting and one Cirl Bunting singing, also Short-toed Eagle, Woodchat Shrike, Cetti's Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, White Wagtail, Serin, Common and Pallid Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Spotless Starling, Wood Pigeon, Stonechat, Griffon Vulture and a mixed flock of 30 or so Goldfinch and Linnet. Best bird was a Melodious Warbler down near the stream that runs below Finca Alboran. The wildflowers were looking lovely, see photos below of Tangier Pea Lathytus tingitanus, Corn Marigold Chrysanthemum segetum and Crown Daisy Chrysanthemum coronarium var. discolor.

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