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Wednesday 01 May, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light S-SE wind, 16C: Janys and I had a great mid-morning exploratory walk along the disused Castellar-San Roque canal and some of the surrounding Almoraima estate. Bird-wise we saw Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel (including at least 6 at the colony at bridge near the turn-off of the Gaucin-Algeciras road to San Martin de Tesorillo), White Stork (many nesting alongside the main road at Estacion San Roque), European Bee-eater, Eurasian Jay, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Woodchat Shrike, Stonechat, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Bonelli's Warbler and Corn Bunting; Common Cuckoo, Common Nightingale, Orphean Warbler and Cetti's Warbler were heard. A Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera was the prize flower on display, see photos. Also seen were two Roe Deer and two Egyptian Mongoose. The whole area looks pretty good for birding, especially the mixed woodland/heathland to the south and I hope to go back for another visit soon.

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