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Monday 11 August 2014, Gaucin, sunny, light-fresh W wind, 32C

A visit to the west slope of El Hacho from 1100-1200hrs produced the following:
Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, at least 3 Common Kestrel, hawking around the old cement works, Thekla Lark and Spotted Flycatcher. No sign of the Southern Grey Shrike. It was all very quiet, with just the occasional rattling call of a Sardinian Warbler punctuating the pervasive buzz of the cicadas. It's all looking very dry and 'mid-summery, too. A small water trough, a magnet for passerines in the summer, had been taken over by goats!

View west to the Alcornocales

El Hacho

No birds at the water trough today!

Checking the skies above the village on and off throughout the afternoon there wasn't much to see, with just local pale and dark morph Booted Eagle and a few Griffon Vulture drifting about. At 1830hrs there was a single Alpine Swift over the village, at 1835hrs 34 Black Kite, taking the E-NE-W-SW route to the north of the village, and at 1840hrs a very high-flying Common Raven and 4 Black Kite.

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