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Thursday 12 July, mostly sunny, light SE wind, 30C: 0730-1130hrs - an early morning trip to Encinas Borrachas (between Atajate and Ronda) with Bob and John was very productive: Short-toed Eagle, Common Kestrel (a party of 5 flying around the mountain ridges), Red-billed Chough, Little Owl, Green Sandpiper, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, including many juveniles (see adult and juvenile in photo), Hoopoe, Bee-eater (heard), Black Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear (see juvenile in photo), Common Swift, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Corn Bunting, Short-toed Treecreeper, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Woodlark, Spotted Flycatcher, Orphean Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Serin and Rock Sparrow. We also saw many butterflies including Striped Grayling (see photo) as well as Spanish Ibex and Red Deer (see photos).


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