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Thursday 17 July 2014, Gaucin, hazy sunshine, light SE wind, 27C

The past few days have seen mostly light SE winds with clear skies/hazy sunshine and temperatures in the high 20s and today was no exception as Bob and I, plus Peter, staying in Gaucin on holiday, set off at 0700hrs towards San Pablo de Buciete in search of Rufous Bush Robin. Parking alongside an unmade track that runs towards Marchenilla we checked the surrounding fields and bushes logging many species before we finally spotted our target bird, Rufous Bush Robin; there were at least three, including a male still delivering short bursts of song. Other sightings of note were: Short-toed Eagle (including one with a completely white head), Common Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, European Bee-eater, 3x Little Owl, Red-legged Partridge, Red-rumped Swallow, Woodchat Shrike (including many juveniles), Wryneck, Tawny Pipit, Common Nightingale (one still singing), Common Whitethroat, Melodious Warbler and Crested Lark; nearby, at the Rio Guadiaro, there was an adult Olivaceous Warbler feeding a youngster and a couple of others including one in song.

Red-legged Partridge

 Olivaceous Warbler
Next we moved on to the Rio Guadiaro near Secadero, checking in on a Lesser Kestrel colony on the way - there were still 5 or 6 birds around but they were quite distant. At the river there were many birds about including Griffon Vulture, an early southbound Osprey, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, the great sight of 2ad and 1juv Bonelli's Eagle, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, White Stork (flock of 10 flying over), Grey Heron, Little Egret, Little-ringed Plover, Eurasian Hoopoe, several European Bee-eater, Common Kingfisher, White Wagtail and several well-marked juvenile Corn Bunting.
On our way back to Gaucin we had a quick stop at Casares where we added Common Raven, Blue Rock Thrush and Common Swift to our list.

Short-toed Eagle

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