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Sunday 23 June, Gaucin, sunny, light-fresh E-SE wind, 29C: A mid-morning walk from Jimena de la Frontera along the Rio Hozgarganta and back produced just a few birds but did include several close views of Griffon Vulture, also Booted Eagle, Common Buzzard, Kestrel sp., Raven, European Bee-eater, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Crag Martin and Spotted Flycatcher. In a small section of the pine woods above Jimena there were at least 8 Bonelli's Warbler singing. When we attempted this walk in December the river was in full flow and impassable; today it was a different story with the temperature reaching 32C and the river little more than a gentle stream amid the flowering Oleanders.

View N-W across the Alcornocales national park

View towards Jimena castle

Rio Hozgarganta

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