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Thursday 16 April 2015, Gaucin, mostly cloudy, light W wind, 17C

This week has seen typically Spring-like weather with a lot of cloud and outbreaks of light rain/drizzle, plus the occasional dramatic electrical storm. Today down on the Rio Genal below Gaucin in dull, damp conditions, the first Turtle Dove of the year appeared, with 2 perched on power lines. Also seen were Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, Great Cormorant, Little-ringed Plover, 60+ European Bee-eater, 2 Common Kingfisher, (a belated-first) Woodchat Shrike, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Common Nightingale, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Cirl Bunting and a single Hawfinch; Cetti's Warbler was heard. The Bee-eaters were quite a spectacle, dashing from tree to tree like a horde of gaudily-clad, over-excited children let loose on a school trip - the noise was quite something!
Back in the village there were 4 Black Stork flying over at 1830hrs and yesterday, a single early afternoon.
This is purely anecdotal, but there seem to be more Barn Swallow around in the village this year - 2014 was a poor year but they are back in good numbers swooping along Calle Convento and chattering on the telephone cables first thing in the morning - a great sight!
Calle Convento - driving through the village is a bit tricky at the moment!
European Bee-eater- trying to look colourful in the dull light

European Bee-eater

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