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Saturday 23 August 2014, Gaucin, sunny, light NW wind am, calm air-light SE wind pm, 34C

A couple of relaxing days away in Granada where, despite temperatures of 37C, the heat was dry and it felt quite pleasant out of the fierce sun; birding highlight was a pair of Red-rumped Swallow on the Rio Genil near the city centre.

On the coast at Sabinillas this morning it was very humid, though only 26C. A quick visit to the heath at Mesas de Chullera produced the first returning Northern Wheatear plus Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Common Kestrel, European Bee-eater, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, Woodchat Shrike, Stonechat, Crested Lark and Sardinian Warbler.

Back in the village at 1915hrs there was a small 'kettle' of raptors that included 20+ Honey Buzzard and a couple of Black Kite, then at 2030hrs and 2100hrs an adult Peregrine came right up into the village from the south.

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