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Saturday 18 May, Gaucin, cloudy am, partly cloudy pm, fresh W-NW wind, 14C: It was quite wet Friday and overnight into Saturday with 8L/m2 of rain. Today felt much colder than 14C with the cooling effect of the rain and wind. An attempt to do some birding with Kev and Pat at the Llanos de Libar was abandoned and we saw only a couple of Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting before being forced away by the rain - at Montejaque it was just 5C at 1000hrs! We drove on to Encinas Borrachas where at least the rain had stopped but it was quite windy and very cold and birds were hard to find but we did get good views of Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, a flock of 20 Red-billed Chough, Black-eared Wheatear, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Woodlark, Thekla Lark, Corn Bunting and Cirl Bunting; Golden Oriole, Common Cuckoo, Orphean Warbler and Bonelli's Warbler were heard. When the cold got too much we moved on back towards Gaucin, stopping en-route to get views of Common Kestrel and Black Wheatear. A walk to Punta Umbria produced good views of a very pale and ragged Short-toed Eagle, also Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher, Bonelli's Warbler and Iberian Chiffchaff; European Bee-eater was heard.

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