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Thursday 28 April 2016, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light S-SE wind, 23C

The highlights of a morning visit to the Rio Genal were two stunning male Golden Oriole; it was good to see that they are still around despite the clearance of many of the Eucalyptus trees that they have favoured in previous years. Quite a large, productive (for birds) area to the west of the river has been cleared of scrub/bushes and is now a rather desolate wasteland but hopefully things will grow back in time. Other species seen were Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, 5 Black Kite, 20 Honey Buzzard, 5 Canada Goose (presumably strayed from a captive population), Grey Heron, Turtle Dove, European Bee-eater, Little-ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Red-rumped Swallow, Grey Wagtail (including at least 3 young), Common Nightingale and Cirl Bunting.
Little-ringed Plover adopting a typical 'aggressive' stance

Little-ringed Plover
Wall Brown

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