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Friday 09 January 2015, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light-fresh E-SE wind, 16C

A look at the SW slopes of El Hacho from 0930-1100hrs produced some decent sightings, not least my first record in Gaucin of Ring Ouzel, with at least 2 individuals, both showing the characteristics of the northern European nominate torquatus race. Other species included: 6 Griffon Vulture, 2 Peregrine, Red-legged Partridge, 5+ Crag Martin, 7 Song Thrush, 10+ Black Redstart, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler (female seen and a short song from a male), Serin, 6 Corn Bunting (all in the same small tree) and Cirl Bunting; Southern Grey Shrike was heard.

Back in the village there were several Griffon Vulture cruising around, also a Common Kestrel and, in the pines beside cafe/bar El Hacho, the 'resident' Common Crossbill.

Yesterday below the Cerro de Las Maravillas above Estacion de Gaucin, there was a Common Chiffchaff in full, but brief, song. Several sightings of Eurasian Sparrowhawk over the village earlier in the week.

Blue Rock Thrush and Black Redstart - Callejon del Pino

Blue Rock Thrush

Black Redstart


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