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Saturday 12 April 2014, Gaucin, sunny, calm air-light W-SW wind, 24C

A wak along the Camino de Gibraltar from 1000-1200hrs produced some good birds including:
Griffon Vulture, 3x Short-toed Eagle (together), several Booted Eagle (including a migrating group of 3 dark morphs), Common Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, a single Black Stork, lots of small parties of European Bee-eater and one of 30+ individuals, Common Cuckoo, Red-rumped Swallow, Thekla Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Stonechat, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Common Nightingale (at least 5 singing), Melodious Warbler (my first in Gaucin this year; difficult to get a photo as it insisted on singing in front of a yellow background until it alighted briefly in an Almond tree!), Cetti's Warbler (heard) Serin and Cirl Bunting.

View towards El Hacho

Melodious Warbler

Back at home during the afternoon: at 1400hrs 2 Black Kite and at 1815hrs 55 Black Kite headed E-W just below the village. At 1900hrs a single Red-rumped Swallow flew low over our terrace.

Some sightings from yesterday (thanks to David and Helen who are on holiday in Gaucin):
Between 1300 and 1500hrs: a passage of 492 raptors, the majority of which were Black Kite with most likely a few Booted Eagle amongst them, plus 1 Egyptian Vulture.

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