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Wednesday 24 February 2016, Gaucin, mostly sunny, fresh N-NW wind, 16C

A visit to the west slope of El Hacho from 10:30-12:00hrs coincided with the wind gaining strength and the arrival of a band of ominous dark cloud! As the northerly wind threatened to weld my fingers to my binoculars, most birds were keeping themselves in deep cover. Reward came, however, in the form of the first returning Short-toed Eagle, as 3 battled northwards against the elements. Also seen were Griffon Vulture, a pair of displaying Peregrine, Common Kestrel, 3 Red-legged Partridge, Blue Rock Thrush, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, 10+ Black Redstart, Barn Swallow, Sardinian Warbler and Cirl Bunting.

 At 17:30hrs a single Black Kite moved through just east of Gaucin castle and a Booted Eagle was seen high over the Rio Genal (possibly an over-wintering individual judging by its behaviour).

Blue Rock Thrush

Spanish Festoon

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