Friday 27 July, partly cloudy am, sunny pm, light-fresh W-NW wind, 27C: 0815-0945hrs: A morning visit to the west slope of El Hacho in Gaucin felt distinctly chilly in the westerly breeze - is autumn on its way already? The presence of a, presumably, returning Southern Grey Shrike added to the autumnal feel - as far as I am aware it didn't breed in the area this year and this is probably the same individual that wintered here last year. Little else of note but there were 20+ Griffon Vulture, 4 Raven, at least 3 Bonelli's Warbler, lots of juvenile Stonechat and 3 juvenile Blue Rock Thrush. From 1600-1700hrs I had a look along a track opposite La Almuna estate - it was a bit warm with few birds active but I did log Booted Eagle (pale morph), Griffon Vulture, Sparrowhawk, Woodchat Shrike (1 adult and 3 juveniles together), Short-toed Treecreeper, Garden Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher.
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