When will the spring weather return? The weekend was too cloudy for bird photography and too windy for sound recording. Still, it meant I had no excuse for avoiding desk work: compiling the Ayrshire Bird Report, writing up trip reports (and planning the next one!), and assembling an article. Here is my trip report for a recent undergrad field trip (ecological genetics) to south-western Spain... not proper birding, more species noted along the way.