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Tuesday 19 April 2016, Gaucin, cloudy, rain, light SE wind, 12C

A wet,cold day with 15mm of steady rain falling but it didn't stop the local Blackbird singing almost continually!

On Sunday morning a walk through the mixed cork/pine woods around La Umbria produced Booted Eagle, 5+ Bonelli's Warbler and 2 Iberian Chiffchaff all singing, plus Firecrest, Eurasian Nuthatch and Short-toed Treecreeper.

Some excellent observations (and photos) from last week from Tim who is on holiday in Gaucin:

Mon 11 April
We had two montagu's harriers as we drove from Manilva to Gaucin. Once here, we had a black stork over the village. We then headed off down towards the bush robin track. We had a goshawk amongst a large number of raptors (booted eagles and black kites) soon after setting off on the Jimena road; then at San Pablo large numbers (100+) of swifts, swallows, house martins and bee-eaters. Plenty of woodchat shrikes. A sparrowhawk plunged in where the bee-eaters were. We also had a single beautiful male Spanish sparrow amongst a bunch or 'ordinary' house sparrows. White wagtail and blackcap. After turning off at the garden centre we had good numbers of yellow wagtails (3 races), northern wheatear, 10-20 booted eagle; a pair of short-toed eagles, common buzzard and kestrel.
Tue 12 April
In the same general area (San Pablo) as yesterday we had:
two wryneck, four purple herons, one grey heron, one subalpine warbler, several whitethroats, melodious warblers, huge (c200) flocks of white storks, and around one hundred booted eagles and black kites, at least 100 red-rumped swallows, two northern wheatears, a little owl, a single black stork in a field, and a lesser kestrel.  
Black Stork
European Bee-eater
Little Owl
Wed 13 Apr
Two common crossbills in the pines behind the house this morning.
At San Pablo at the far end of the track from the Coca Cola bar, near the water/hydro works: a common cuckoo, 100+ bee-eaters, 100+ white storks, 100+ black storks; a sparrowhawk carrying prey; plenty of booted eagles and black kites.
Up the road behind Jimena up to the radio station - there were two pairs of black-eared wheatears up there. And on the way down, an alpine swift and a Monarch butterfly.
Black Stork
female Black-eared Wheatear
male Black-eared Wheatear

Thu 14 Apr
We walked behind El Hacho (El Peso): wryneck, green woodpecker and Bonelli's warblers - also two short-toed eagles and two common cuckoos.

About noon 100+ black kites very high over the village.

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