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Saturday 04 June 2016, Gaucin, sunny, light-fresh NW wind, 26C

Another week has passed with little to report as the local birdlife gets into full summer mode and is busy with breeding, feeding and fledging. Booted Eagles continue to put in regular appearances around the village, with at least a pale morph and a dark morph still around. Short-toed Eagles have been conspicuous by their absence but hopefully just because they are concentrating on their chicks somewhere in the forest. Blackcaps, Blackbirds, Robins and even Blue Rock Thrush continue to sing in and around the village and walks through the local woods have produced the usual array of songs and calls from Iberian Chiffchaff, Bonelli's Warbler, Eurasian Nuthatch and Short-toed Treecreeper.

The highlight of a visit to Rio Palmones near Los Barrios yesterday was a pair of Yellow Wagtail but there was a dearth of birds with just a Kentish Plover and Black-winged Stilt representing the waders. Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle and Common Kestrel were the only raptors on show; a couple of White Stork were nesting on a distant pylon.

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