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Thursday 01 August 2013, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light-fresh E-SE wind, 31C

An early morning visit to Encinas Borrachas track for Wingspanner and me hoping to get some good views of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush. As is often the case, the wind was quite a bit fresher than in Gaucin, picking up strength as the Sun rose, and at first it felt quite cool. There from 0815-1115hrs we dipped on the Rock Thrush but did see Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle (at least 4 on the drive from Gaucin), Common Kestrel, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Crag Martin, Common Swift, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Thekla Lark, Stonechat, Orphean Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Linnet and Rock Bunting.  European Bee-eater was heard.

There were many juveniles around including Woodchat Shrike, Black-eared Wheatear and Spectacled Warbler and also several very 'scruffy' birds mid-moult, see photos below.

On the Ronda road, just beyond the turning to Benarraba, we were saddened to see a dead Genet, victim of a collision with a vehicle. They are not particularly rare but, due to their secretive nocturnal nature, are seldom seen.

Black-eared Wheatear - moulting adult

Spectacled Warbler

Spectacled Warbler

Spectacled Warbler - adult on left, juvenile on right

Stonechat - moulting adult male

Thekla Lark

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