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Sunday 29 March 2015, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light N-NW wind, 25C

A trip down to the Rio Genal below Gaucin from 1030-1230hrs produced some great Spring sightings:
Before leaving the village 5 European Bee-eater flew over Calle Convento. Raptor numbers at the river were low but did include Griffon Vulture, 5x Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, pale and dark morph Booted Eagle, Osprey, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Common Kestrel. On the wader front, just 3x Little-ringed Plover. There were many migrant arrivals, most notably 15 European Bee-eater and a Wryneck (heard only). Other species seen included Mallard, Great Cormorant, Eurasian Hoopoe, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Common Kingfisher, Common Nightingale (first of the year), European Robin, Cetti's Warbler, many Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Serin and Cirl Bunting.  Bonelli's Warbler (first of the year), Willow Warbler (attempting a song or two) and Common Chiffchaff were seen all together in an oak tree.
Around the same time Janys reported 40+ Black Kite just west of El Hacho. European Bee-eaters continued to move through during the day e.g. 10+ over cafe/bar El Hacho at 1330hrs.
Rio Genal - nice and full
Arroyo de Alba flowing into thr river
pale morph Booted Eagle
dark morph Booted Eagle
Bonelli's Warbler
Bonelli's Warbler

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