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Thursday 26 April, mostly sunny, light-fresh W wind, 23C: A morning walk through the cork oak woods to the north of Gaucin didn't produce anything too exciting but the bird song was incredible. At one point there were so many birds singing it was difficult to isolate an individual song! The count was 5 Chaffinch, 6 Iberian Chiffchaff, 6 Bonelli's Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler; also Griffon Vulture, Common Buzzard and Bee-eater. Wingspanner reported 20 Honey Buzzard and several Black Kite coming up from the Rio Genal at 0930hrs. There was a juvenile Peregrine patrolling in front of Sierra Crestellina late afternoon and at 1915hrs there were 38 Black Kite and 2 Honey Buzzard drifting north over the Almuna estate on the Gaucin-Jimena road, plus a couple of Booted Eagle and over the nearby wooded hillside a Goshawk.

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