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Monday 11 February, Gaucin, mostly cloudy, fresh NW wind, 7C: A very cold day for Gaucin, feeling positively wintry in the fresh NW wind; small puddles were icing over by 1900hrs. The 20 or so House Martin that have already arrived must be wondering why they bothered. There's been little change in the bird-life, a couple more Barn Swallow seen in the village but still no visible Black Kite movement. A group of Griffon Vulture were trying hard to find an early morning thermal and several 'couples' were locking talons in mating displays. Walking into the village along Camino de Avedin the last few days I've seen Firecrest and Short-toed Treecreeper plus some small mixed finch flocks that included at least a couple of Siskin.

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