A walk through the mixed woods just to the north of Gaucin from 0930-1030hrs produced a good list of birds including the following:
Great-spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Jay, European Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, 2 Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher
, European Robin, a roving feeding flock containing Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackcap and Chiffchaff; Firecrest was heard.
At the Mirador de Africa (opposite the turning to Benarraba) at 1700hrs there were 3 pale morph Booted Eagle, a Short-toed Eagle and 2 Rock Bunting
, plus two Common Swallowtail butterflies.
A late afternoon scan of the skies produced a distant Osprey
and 4 Honey Buzzard
over Sierra Crestellina at 1830hrs, 50+ Griffon Vulture there at 1845hrs, 1 Pallid Swift and 2 Common Swift over Calle Convento at 1945hrs and 4 Honey Buzzard
and 1 Alpine Swift
over the village at 2000hrs.
Tim Birkhead reported 80+ Griffon Vulture and 6 Common Raven, presumably feeding on a carcass, near Jimena de la Frontera; also 20+ Alpine Swift near Jimena and 2 Common Crossbill
in pines on the north side of Gaucin village.
|View from Mirador de Africa towards Genalguacil and Jubrique|
|View from Mirador de Africa to Sierra Crestellina and Gibraltar|
|Booted Eagle - showing classic 'landing lights'|
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