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Sunday 22 January 2017, Gaucin, sunny, light NW wind, 13C

The snow has cleared and now it's back to bright, cold mornings and warm, sunny afternoons.
Today I went for a mid-afternoon check of the west slope of El Hacho, hoping that the cold snap may have driven down some Ring Ouzel as it did a couple of years ago. Alas, all I saw was a 'possible' as a dark, thrush-sized bird with light upper wings (could have been the sun shining on it!) dashed between two large shrubs; you can usually hear them if they're around but it was all quiet. I did, however, see 2 Dunnock which is quite a scarce winter visitor to these parts.
Other species seen were Griffon Vulture, Common Kestrel, Southern Grey Shrike, Blue Rock Thrush, 10+ Song Thrush, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Cirl Bunting and Corn Bunting.

Just the one male Spanish Ibex hanging around today.

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