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Wednesday 20 April, Encinas Borrachas nr Ronda, 0900-1300hrs, fresh SE wind, cool, brief sunny spells: Luckily David and Christine Evans and I managed to squeeze our morning's birding into a dry period, although it didn't look too promising as we left Gaucin and then encountered dense low cloud en route! As the sun came up the cloud mostly burned away and we were able to brave the cold wind and see a reasonable amount of birds including Black-eared Wheatear, Thekla Lark, Woodlark, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Common Kestrel, Peregrine, Cuckoo, Bee-eater, Red-legged Partridge, 20+ Red-billed Chough, Woodchat Shrike, Stonechat, Dartford Warbler, Orphean Warbler (brief glimpse but a good bit of song!) and Bonelli's Warbler. Picked up Rock Bunting and Black Wheatear on the drive there/back. Also heard Spectacled Warbler and Subalpine Wabler but couldn't locate either! A small herd of Red Deer was a nice sight. Finally the low cloud returned and we had to leave but not before David spotted an elusive Southern Grey Shrike, see distant, mist-shrouded photos!

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