Monday 20 February, Gaucin, 1500-1630hrs, mainly sunny, moderate wind from NW: Spent an hour or so along the wonderful footpath that starts at the bottom of Calle Arrabalete. The good news is that both of the Bonelli's Eagles are still around in the Genal valley below the castle to the south. Watched them being mobbed by a female Sparrowhawk before they eventually gave up and headed further up-river - it may be that they have moved further away after the fire but at least they are still in the same general area. Also seen were Griffon Vulture, Common Kestrel, Woodpigeon, Chiffchaff, House Martin, Sardinian Warbler, Black Redstart, Blackcap and Blue Rock Thrush (male in picture showing characteristic large bill). The warmer weather has also brought out quite a few butterflies including some early Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius).
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