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Thursday 18 September 2014, Gaucin, partly cloudy, calm air-light W wind, 21C

A walk through the mixed woods just to the north of Gaucin from 0930-1030hrs produced a good list of birds including the following:
Great-spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Jay, European Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, 2 Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, European Robin, a roving feeding flock containing Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackcap and Chiffchaff; Firecrest was heard.

At the Mirador de Africa (opposite the turning to Benarraba) at 1700hrs there were 3 pale morph Booted Eagle, a Short-toed Eagle and 2 Rock Bunting, plus two Common Swallowtail butterflies.

A late afternoon scan of the skies produced a distant Osprey and 4 Honey Buzzard over Sierra Crestellina at 1830hrs, 50+ Griffon Vulture there at 1845hrs, 1 Pallid Swift and 2 Common Swift over Calle Convento at 1945hrs and 4 Honey Buzzard and 1 Alpine Swift over the village at 2000hrs.

Tim Birkhead reported 80+ Griffon Vulture and 6 Common Raven, presumably feeding on a carcass, near Jimena de la Frontera; also 20+ Alpine Swift near Jimena and 2 Common Crossbill in pines on the north side of Gaucin village.

Spotted Flycatcher

View from Mirador de Africa towards Genalguacil and Jubrique

View from Mirador de Africa to Sierra Crestellina and Gibraltar

Short-toed Eagle

Common Swallowtail

Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle - showing classic 'landing lights'

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