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Saturday 18 October 2014, Gaucin, mostly sunny, calm air-light SE wind, 28C

After a misty, damp Wednesday, with the temperature reaching a miserly 16C, the past three days have been sunny and rather warm. There are still a handful of House Martin around the village and a Common Chiffchaff in the Calle Convento/Pino gardens but little else to report from Gaucin other than a female Eurasian Sparrowhawk low over the post office at 0930hrs this morning and a few Crag Martin and a Common Kestrel around the castle this afternoon.

Yesterday lunchtime at Estepona beach, despite sunbathers and dogs, there were 120+ Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull and a single Sandwich Tern; offshore there were several Northern Gannet. This morning, walking from Gaucin to Benarraba through the cork oak woods, there were 12 distant Griffon Vulture and, just outside Benarraba, 5 Hawfinch. There were a few nice fungi around, too, including the sought-after Yema de Huevo Amanita caesarea or Caesar's mushroom.

Benarraba and Jubrique

Benarraba, Jubrique and Genalguacil

Yema de Huevo Amanita caesarea

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