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Sunday 24 March, Gaucin, rain am, partly cloudy with light showers pm, light W-NW wind, 12C: Heard the first Common Cuckoo of the year with one calling to the South of the village at 0945hrs. With 21L/m2 of rain falling from 1000hrs Saturday to 1000hrs Sunday it was good to get out along Camino de Gibraltar mid-afternoon. It was generally quieter than I expected but I logged a solitary Black Kite passing in front of the castle, Short-toed Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Common Kestrel, 25 Wood Pigeon, Blue Rock Thrush, Spotless Starling (including the Common Buzzard and Golden Oriole mimic), Cirl Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 10+ Sardinian Warbler, 3 pairs of Stonechat, Wren, Serin and a flock of 50+ Goldfinch. Black Redstart were notable by their absence as they have all moved on to their breeding grounds. There were no migrant warblers to be seen or heard. There were a handful of Dull Ophrys ophrys fusca along the track, see photo.

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