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Saturday 09 February, Gaucin, sunny, light-fresh NE wind, 14C: An early morning visit to the Rio Genal below Gaucin was very quiet, just a group of about 12 White Wagtail in the field alongside the river and a Cirl Bunting singing in a Eucalyptus tree. It was pretty chilly, too, with a white frost on the top of the ploughed soil. I moved on to the Casares-Secadero track where it was also quiet but I did pick up the first Red-rumped Swallow of the year, plus 4 Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Little Owl, Raven, Great Cormorant, Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Blue Rock Thrush (strange to see one on rocks beside the river), House Martin, Song Thrush, Black Redstart, Crested Lark, Cirl Bunting and small flocks of Linnet, Chaffinch and Greenfinch. In the afternoon there was a Peregrine circling above Camino de Avedin and 2 Common Buzzard perched on the top of a pine tree on La Umbria hill. In the fading light of dusk there was what appeared to be a Little Egret making its way along the Genal valley before turning right to pass over Gaucin in front of the castle. There are several Chiffchaff about now but none singing yet so not identifiable as Common or Iberian; also still a few Black Redstart around on the outskirts of the village.

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