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Thursday 06 June, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light W-SW wind, 21C: A late afternoon visit to the cork oak/pine woods just outside Gaucin (primarily to collect pine cones for next winter's fires!) produced Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle (including one noticeably large individual that I had seen earlier in the afternoon above the village), Booted Eagle, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Nuthatch, Blue Tit, European Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff, Serin and Chaffinch. There were several Bonelli's Warbler and Iberian Chiffchaff singing but with the trees now in full leaf they were very difficult to locate. At 1850hrs, just as I was leaving, a single Honey Buzzard flew over very high, S-N.

The garden Tawny Owl made a brief appearance in the early hours of Thursday whilst at 0445hrs on Friday it was again singing loudly in the vicinity of the Walnut tree with a second bird singing in response down in the valley below Calle del Pino.

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