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Wednesday 31 August 2016, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light SE wind, 30C

Tim B, Rob and I headed out at 08:00hrs on quite a cool morning to see what we could find along the Serrania de Ronda.

First, in almost misty conditions, we visited the Salto de Cura where we saw: Wood Pigeon, Firecrest, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit and  Chiffchaff sp.; Great-spotted Woodpecker and Eurasian Nuthatch were heard.

Next up was the Las Pilas track above Algatocin, where we logged: Griffon Vulture, 2 Black Kite, a dozen or so Honey Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Common Kestrel, Common Raven, Eurasian Jay, European Bee-eater, Common Swift, Crag Martin, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Spotless Starling, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, a stunning male Common Redstart, 2 Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Crested Tit, Sardinian Warbler, Common Whitethroat, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Cirl Bunting.

Our final stop, it was now rather warm, was the Encinas Borrachas track between Atajate and Ronda. Here we were treated to: Griffon Vulture, Common Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, European Bee-eater, Southern Grey ShrikeNorthern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Thekla Lark, Stonechat, Great Tit, Melodious Warbler, Blackcap, Spectacled Warbler and Serin; Bonelli's Warbler was heard.

In all, 44 Species seen and 3 heard.

Back in the village there was a third Monarch butterfly in three days, with one over Calle Convento around 14:00hrs, also 7 Booted Eagle and 2 Honey Buzzard moving through at 18:00hrs and 3 Honey Buzzard at 19:15hrs.

Yesterday there was a Eurasian Hoopoe in the woods above the La Umbria route (R Gordon).

A couple of photos of the tame Thekla Lark seen along the Gaucin paseo over the past few days.....

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