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Sunday 24 February, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light-fresh NW wind, 11C:  After another 37L/m2 of rain on Friday night there's a lot of water around and many small streams that have been dry for some time are bubbling back to life. A check of the gull flock on Estepona beach yesterday produced no surprises with 80+ Yellow-legged Gull, a dozen or so Black-headed Gull and the same number of Mediterranean Gull; offshore were 20+ Northern Gannet and a handful of Great Cormorant and along the promenade a couple of Chiffchaff sp. and a Black Redstart. A lunchtime walk around the Punta de Umbria today produced Griffon Vulture, 4 Raven, Crested Tit, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Song Thrush and a Firecrest was heard. Butterflies included Spanish Festoon, Large Tortoiseshell, Wall Brown and Small Copper. In the Camino de Avedin area this afternoon there was a Sparrowhawk, the usual pair of Common Buzzard and a distant Blue Rock Thrush on the rocks around the castle.

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