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Wednesday 19 August 2015, Gaucin, sunny, light S-SE wind, 29C

The highlight of a morning walk close to Algatocin village was a family group of 4 Black Wheatear, also seen were Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Common Kestrel, 20+ European Bee-eater on wires, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, female Common Redstart, Stonechat, Chiffchaff sp., Sardinian Warbler and Cirl Bunting.

Back in Gaucin there was a Red-rumped Swallow low over Calle Convento/Calle del Pino gardens late afternoon but the best sighting was a first for the village (certainly for me): an unfamiliar Stonechat-like call from the jungle of walnut, fig and bamboo that passes for a garden in front of our house had been bugging me for a couple of days but I'd had no luck in seeing the bird amidst all the foliage. This evening it finally showed itself to be a Western Olivaceous Warbler - presumably passing through on its way south as its usual habitat would be near a watercourse (there is a small leaky 'stream' running through the garden, hence the prolific shrubs and trees).
Algatocin village from Camino Las Pilas

Rather scruffy European Bee-eater

Recently-harvested cork oak

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