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Thursday 30 April 2015, Gaucin, mostly sunny, calm air-light SE wind, 24C

From 0930-1030hrs a walk along the ridge of Sierra Espartina (the Smugglers' route), on a beautiful late Spring morning, was more productive than usual. Honey Buzzard were streaming through with several groups, totalling at least 100, heading SW-NE searching for thermals. Other species of note were 30+ Griffon Vulture, at least 4 Short-toed Eagle (may have been 'local', though 4 together is unusual), 3 Booted Eagle, lots of Common Swift that appeared to be migrating but could have just been a feeding flock, Crested Tit, 2 singing Bonelli's Warbler and 2 Common Crossbill.
There were still a few orchids around including Mirror Ophrys, Dull Ophrys and Man Orchid.
Back in the village there were 3 Honey Buzzard over Calle Convento at 1500hrs.

Possibly some good news for the Alcornocales Natural Park as a public enquiry into extending the protected areas has begun, this includes land near Castellar (La Almoraima estate) and San Roque (Pinar del Rey), see link below:
Possible extension of the Alcornocales Natural Park
Man Orchid Orchis anthropophora
Man Orchid close-up (and closed-up!)

Honey Buzzard
Spanish Festoon

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