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Saturday 23 June, cloudy start, clearing mid-morning, light SE wind, 26C (at 1100hrs): This morning I visited one of my favourite spots, a rural track close to Barca Morena near San Pablo de Buciete. It was a cloudy/humid start, with hundreds of tiny biting midges and several locals collecting wild fennel and/or snails making it hard to concentrate on birding, but the wind soon got up a bit and the skies and the midges cleared. There were some good species around today including the site 'mascot', Rufous Bush Robin , (there were several individuals, including at least one juvenile and one singing male), Woodchat Shrike (including juveniles), Griffon Vulture, Common and Lesser Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle (at least 4), Raven, Little Owl, Collared Dove, European Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit (including displaying male and juveniles), Spotless Starling, Crested Lark (see photo of one with what appears to be an unfortunate grasshopper), Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Stonechat, Common Whitethroat, Sardinian Warbler, Melodious Warbler (they were everywhere, at least 20 birds including many juveniles and recent fledglings, see photo), Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Linnet.

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