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2 Martins, 1 Bunting, Malaga (Spain) in July (1 Viewer)


I think the martins are both juvenile House Martins but I'm not certain.
Fairly sure the bunting is a Cirl Bunting but it's a bad angle for ID.


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Re the martins, the flank barring suggests juv House Martin, which shows a thinnish breast band (see attached photo). I think the band on juv Sand Martin should be thicker and less clean-cut, kind of smudgier.


One thing I don't like is the head pattern - juv House Martin should have a fairly uniform hood, whereas both these birds appear to have a dark mask.

The easiest way to resolve this would have been to look for the presence/absence of a white rump!

I can't comment on the bunting, I'm afraid.


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Thanks very much, Shane, Neil, Pedro and Andy! I should have paid more attention. To be honest I thought that it was much easier to tell them apart. I think, on balance, that they are probably House Martins as I didn't see any any adult Sand Martins at either of the 2 sites.
Thanks Tib78 for the confirmation on House Martins and the ID for the bunting. I saw both Rock Buntings and Cirl Buntings during our trip but I was only able to ID Cirl Buntings at Comares so that was a nice surprise.
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