Tuesday 26 April, Rio Genal, Sierra Crestellina, track down to Rio Genal off A-377 just south of Casares, 0900-1330hrs: After the rain and thunderstorms of the last few days it was great that Conor and I set off on a relatively warm, clear and still morning. At the river we saw Cetti's Warbler (Conor finally got his photo!), Nightingale, two male Golden Oriole, Bee-eater, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and a pair of distant Bonelli's Eagle. A quick look at Sierra Crestellina yielded a Common Kestrel, Crested Lark, several Griffon Vulture and a Short-toed Eagle but no sign of Saturday's Egyptian Vulture. Turning off onto the track back down to the Rio Genal we soon spotted what transpired to be a Melodious Warbler (see photo by Conor Finch). An alternative photo showed clearly the short primary projection distinguishing it from Icterine Warbler, despite the rather confusing leg colour!
Also seen were Stonechat, Woodchat Shrike, Tawny Pipit, Whitethroat, Red-rumped Swallow, Sardinian Warbler, Corn Bunting, Crested Lark, lots of Bee-eater, Common Kestrel, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Griffon Vulture and Little Owl (see photo)
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