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Wednesday 22 January 2014, Gaucin, partly cloudy, light-fresh N-NW wind, 11C

Some quite heavy rain overnight with 15L/m2 falling in ~7hrs. This afternoon at 1300hrs I made a quick visit to the west slope of El Hacho; no sign of the Southern Grey Shrike (a mechanical digger over near the old quarry would probably have spooked it even if it was around) but as I drove up I caught sight of a male Hen Harrier that obliged by continuing to quarter the field below the mountain and affording some superb close views. Also seen were Griffon Vulture, 2x Common Raven, 10+ Black Redstart, Sardinian Warbler, Stonechat and Rock Bunting.

It's been nice to hear Serin, Blackcap, Song Thrush and Blackbird in full song in the village over the past couple of days.

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