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Sunday 02 February 2014, Gaucin, mostly sunny, calm air-light NW wind, 13C

A short morning walk along the track opposiote Venta Socorro produced Griffon Vulture, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff sp., Blackcap, Wren, Firecrest, Chaffinch, Cirl Bunting and a distant Blue Rock Thrush on the rocky slopes of El Hacho. Back in the village there was a Peregrine and a Common Kestrel over the southern fringes around lunchtime.

In the afternoon I went to check out last winter's haunt of the Black-winged Kite along the Rio Genal/Casares-Secadero track but, again, there was no sign of them; there were at least 4 Common Buzzard and a Common Kestrel, though. On the drive back to Gaucin I scanned the Bonelli's Eagle nest on Sierra Crestellina and was pleased to see an adult flying close by, a good sign that they will be breeding there again this year.

Almond blossom now in full flow

Some of  today's orange crop near Secadero

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