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Wednesday 21 October 2015, Gaucin, partly cloudy, light N-NW wind, 23C

At last a dry, warm day after four consecutive wet ones (during Saturday and Sunday more rain {80mm} fell than in the whole of October 2014!), though temperatures remained around 17-18C.  Needless to say, birding opportunities have been scarce. I saw a single House Martin heading south yesterday evening but several Song Thrush sightings were a reminder that autumn has arrived. This evening a short walk along footpaths to the north of the village produced Griffon Vulture, superb views of a Peregrine in low flight, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, male and female Black Redstart, at least 4 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Common Crossbill in the usual area near the petrol station, and a pair of Serin.

A view at last....yesterday afternoon

male Black Redstart

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