Sunday 22 July, cloudy start down towards the coast, sunny later, light-fresh E-SE wind, 29C: 0800-1030hrs; today I managed and early start so headed down to the Casares-Secadero track alongside the Rio Genal. Much of the river is now dry but there are still some sections flowing above ground and many birds are coming down to drink. This morning's highlights were an adult Red Kite, great close views of an adult Short-toed Eagle, 3 Booted Eagle, juvenile Peregrine, several Common Buzzard, Griffon Vulture, 2 Little Egret, White Stork, two groups of Red-legged Partridge, one of 8 and one of 15 birds, 10+ Little-ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Hoopoe, 30+ Bee-eater, Kingfisher, 10+ Turtle Dove, large flocks (50+) of House Sparrow, lots of superbly marked Corn Bunting, Cetti's Warbler, Sardinian Warbler and, just as I was leaving, good close views of an adult Olivaceous Warbler (no sign of the, presumably, recently fledged birds that were in the nest a couple of weeks ago). Photos of Little Egret and Turtle Dove.
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