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Thursday 02 August, hazy sunshine, light W-NW wind, 36C: After the change in wind direction brought about yesterday's high of 37C (at least 39C down in the valley towards san Pablo) it was another very hot day today. An early morning, 0800-1000hrs, visit to the Rio Genal alongside the Casares-Secadero track produced some good sightings the best of which was a single White-rumped Swift that swooped down to drink from the river; other notable birds were Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Common Buzzard, 4 Little Egret, 2 White Stork (one in photo), Grey Heron, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10+ Little-ringed Plover (numbers down a bit on the last couple of visits), Kingfisher, 10 Turtle Dove, Bee-eater (at least 60 together on a telephone wire), Hoopoe, Woodchat Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow, Corn Bunting (still lots of well-marked juveniles coming down to the water to drink), Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola and Melodious Warbler.

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