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Sunday 26 January 2014, Gaucin, sunny, calm air-light N-NW wind, 20C

At 0520hrs there was a male Eagle Owl singing just below Calle del Pino; I had a quick look but couldn't pick it up in the poor light; good to know it's still around, though.

Another stunning, warm winter's day saw the first returning 'summer' migrants with a couple of House Martin in amongst the 15+ Crag Martin flying just south of the old convent building in Calle Convento at 1230hrs. I imagine such early arrivals are likely to have been wintering on the coast. The date ties in well with previous House Martin 'first arrivals' of 26 and 28 January.

A short stroll along the Rio Genal at 1630hrs produced a pale morph Booted Eagle circling up above the river (maybe yesterday's possible sighting in the village was real after all!). My previous 'first arrivals' for this species have all been after 12 March which suggests that this individual could well have over-wintered (and could be the one seen back in November not far from this site).

Continuing to scan the skies for raptors I was rewarded with a pair of Northern Goshawk high over the wooded ridge that runs roughly northwards away from the bridge.

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