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Wednesday 17 August 2016, Gaucin, sunny, light W-NW wind, 35C

A morning visit, with Chris who is on holiday in Gaucin, to the cork oaks just outside the village, the old Ronda Road above Algatocin and the Encinas Borrachas track between Atajate and Ronda produced a good list of species, including a great set of warblers, despite the heat brought about by the change to westerly winds!

The cork oaks were fairly quiet, a friendly ginger cat patrolling probably didn't help, but we did see Great-spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher and Eurasian Nuthatch.

Along the The Las Pilas track we saw 20+ Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Common Raven, 50+ Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Blue Rock Thrush, at least 3 Black Wheatear, Spotless Starling, Stonechat, Firecrest, Sardinian Warbler and Cirl Bunting; Bonelli's Warbler was heard.

By the time we reached Encinas Borachas it was getting rather warm but our persistance was rewarded with some great sightings:
Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Thekla Lark, Black Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Dartford Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Willow Warbler and Melodious Warbler.

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