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Sunday 01 February 2015, Gaucin, sunny, fresh NW wind, 12C

After a largely damp Saturday, today was dry, but rather cold in the north-westerly wind. A morning attempt to explore the Utrera gorge near Manilva was aborted as I arrived at the same time as a large group of noisy walkers were heading the same way! Before leaving, a quick scan above the limestone ridge produced a Blue Rock Thrush and a Short-toed Eagle - presumably an over-wintering bird and probably the same individual that was there on 01 Nov last year.

On the drive back to Gaucin I stopped to check out the Bonelli's Eagle nest on Sierra Crestellina but there was no sign of any eagle action, just a dozen or so Griffon Vulture and a Common Kestrel. The surrounding fields were full of birdsong, most prominent of which were a couple of Crested Lark.

Crested Lark

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