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Thursday 21 June, sunny, light NW wind, 27C but feeling hotter in the strong sun! A morning visit to the Rio Guadiaro at 'Estacion Cortes' was rewarded with a sighting of the elusive, and rather rare, White-rumped Swift. It took twenty or so minutes of scanning the Common/Pallid Swift flocks but a single individual eventually showed itself at quite close quarters for half a minute. Just to prove how hard it is to find this species I couldn't relocate it during the next hour. Other birds seen included Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Common Kestrel, Little-ringed Plover, Turtle Dove (heard), Alpine Swift, Woodchat Shrike (including juveniles), Kingfisher (see photo), Spotless Starling, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail. Great-spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nightingale, Cetti's Warbler and Cirl Bunting (all heard), Sardinian Warbler, Linnet, Greenfinch (see photo) and Goldfinch.It's always nice to see the Sweet Chestnut trees in full bloom...see photo.

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