100+ Birds Costa del Sol Birdwatching Challenge (Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

The arrival of more breeding species has increased the amount of birds observed to 117 this month.

We started the day early in the morning at Montes de Malaga, where we could hear Scops Owl, Woodlark, Red-necked Nightjar and Tawny Owl before dawn. No surprises with respect to other typical wood birds in the area.

The visit to El Torcal allowed nice views of Griffon Vulture, Alpine Swift, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Chough, Crag Martin, Melodious Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Subalpine Warbler and Thekla Lark.

The pools around the Visitors Centre at Fuente de Piedra hosted Black, Whiskered and Gull-billed Terns and waders were represented by Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, Common, Wood and Curlew Sandpipers, Redshank, Dunlin, Little Stint, Ringed, Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers and Ruff. The Laguneto showed very close Flamingos and waterfowl like White-headed Duck and Red-crested Pochards, with the Purple Swamphen showing up among the reeds. There were two Lesser Flamingos amongst the Greater ones in the lake bed.

The tour through the farmlands gave Crested, Calandra and Short-toed Larks. As we approached Campillos, we heard Quail and Little Bustard hiding in the wheat and enjoyed the display flights of several Montagu’s Harriers. We could also find lonely Rollers and Stone Curlews. This time, the bird 100 was a Wheatear in this area.

We had nice views of Bee-eaters, that have started digging their burrows at Rio Grande, along with Cattle and Little Egrets and Collared Pratincole.

Our last destination was Zapata, were we could add Common Waxbill, Great Reed warbler, Little Bittern, Short-toed Eagle and White Stork (a flock of four individuals flying near Campanillas).

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COMPLETE LIST OF BIRDS

  SPECIES ESPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME St
1 Alpine Swift  Vencejo real  Apus melba S
2 Avocet  Avoceta común Recurvirostra avosetta R
3 Barn Swallow  Golondrina común Hirundo rustica S
4 Bee-eater Abejaruco europeo Merops apiaster S
5 Black Redstart  Colirrojo tizón Phoenicurus ochruros R
6 Black Tern Fumarel común Chlidonias niger M
7 Black Wheatear  Collalba negra  Oenanthe leucura R
8 Blackbird  Mirlo común Turdus merula R
9 Blackcap Curruca capirotada Sylvia atricapilla R
10 Black-headed Gull  Gaviota reidora Chroicocephalus ridibundus R
11 Black-winged Stilt  Cigüeñuela común Himantopus himantopus R
12 Blue Rock Thrush  Roquero solitario  Monticola solitarius R
13 Blue Tit  Herrerillo común  Cyanistes caeruleus R
14 Calandra Lark  Calandria común Melanocorypha calandra R
15 Cattle Egret  Garcilla bueyera Bubulcus ibis R
16 Cetti’s Warbler  Cetia ruiseñor Cettia cetti R
17 Chaffinch  Pinzón vulgar  Fringilla coelebs R
18 Chough  Chova piquirroja  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax R
19 Cirl Bunting Escribano soteño Emberiza cirlus R
20 Coal Tit  Carbonero garrapinos  Periparus ater R
21 Collared Dove Tórtola turca Streptopelia decaocto R
22 Collared Pratincole Canastera común Glareola pratincola M
23 Common Buzzard  Busardo ratonero Buteo buteo W
24 Common Sandpiper  Andarríos chico Actitis hypoleucos R
25 Common Waxbill Pico de coral Estrilda astrild R
26 Coot  Focha común Fulica atra R
27 Corn Bunting Triguero Emberiza calandra R
28 Crag Martin  Avión roquero Ptyonoprogne rupestris R
29 Crested Lark  Cogujada común Galerida cristata R
30 Curlew Sandpiper Correlimos zarapitín Calidris ferruginea M
31 Dunlin Correlimos común Calidris alpina M
32 Firecrest  Reyezuelo listado  Regulus ignicapilla R
33 Flamingo  Flamenco común Phoenicopterus roseus R
34 Gadwall  Ánade friso Anas strepera R
35 Goldfinch  Jilguero europeo Carduelis carduelis R
36 Great Crested Grebe  Somormujo lavanco Podiceps cristatus R
37 Great Reed Warbler Carricero tordal Acrocephalus arundinaceus S
38 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Pico picapinos  Dendrocopos major R
39 Great Tit  Carbonero común  Parus major R
40 Green Woodpecker  Pito real  Picus viridis R
41 Greenfinch  Verderón común Chloris chloris R
42 Greenshank  Archibebe claro Tringa nebularia W
43 Grey Heron  Garza real Ardea cinerea R
44 Grey Wagtail Lavandera cascadeña Motacilla cinerea R
45 Griffon Vulture  Buitre leonado  Gyps fulvus R
46 Gull-billed Tern Pagaza piconegra Gelochelidon nilotica S
47 Hoopoe  Abubilla Upupa epops R
48 House Martin  Avión común Delichon urbicum S
49 House Sparrow Gorrión común Passer domesticus R
50 Jackdaw  Grajilla Corvus monedula R
51 Kentish Plover  Chorlitejo patinegro Charadrius alexandrinus R
52 Kestrel  Cernícalo vulgar Falco tinnunculus R
53 Lesser Flamingo Flamenco enano Phoenicopterus minor R
54 Lesser Kestrel  Cernícalo primilla Falco naumanni S
55 Linnet Pardillo común Carduelis cannabina R
56 Little Bittern Avetorillo común Ixobrychus minutus S
57 Little Bustard  Sisón común Tetrax tetrax R
58 Little Egret  Garceta común Egretta garzetta R
59 Little Grebe  Zampullín chico Tachybaptus ruficollis R
60 Little Ringed Plover  Chorlitejo chico Charadrius dubius R
61 Little Stint Correlimos menudo Calidris minuta M
62 Mallard  Ánade azulón Anas platyrhynchos R
63 Marsh Harrier  Aguilucho lagunero Circus aeruginosus R
64 Melodious Warbler Zarcero políglota Hippolais polyglotta S
65 Mistle Thrush  Zorzal charlo  Turdus viscivorus R
66 Monk Parakeet  Cotorra argentina Myiopsitta monachus R
67 Montagu's Harrier Aguilucho cenizo Circus pygargus S
68 Moorhen  Gallineta común Gallinula chloropus R
69 Nightingale  Ruiseñor común Luscinia megarhynchos S
70 Nuthatch  Trepador azul  Sitta europaea R
71 Pallid Swift  Vencejo pálido Apus pallidus S
72 Peregrine Falcon  Halcón peregrino Falco peregrinus R
73 Pochard  Porrón europeo Aythya ferina R
74 Purple Swamphen  Calamón común Porphyrio porphyrio R
75 Quail Codorniz común Coturnix coturnix S
76 Raven  Cuervo Corvus corax R
77 Redshank  Archibebe común Tringa totanus W
78 Red-crested Pochard  Pato colorado Netta rufina R
79 Red-legged Partridge Perdiz roja Alectoris rufa R
80 Red-necked Nightjar Chotacabras cuellirrojo Caprimulgus ruficollis S
81 Red-rumped Swallow  Golondrina dáurica Cecropis daurica S
82 Reed Warbler Carricero común Acrocephalus scirpaceus S
83 Ringed Plover Chorlitejo grande Charadrius hiaticula W
84 Robin Petirrojo europeo Erithacus rubecula R
85 Rock Sparrow Gorrión chillón Petronia petronia R
86 Roller Carraca europea Coracias garrulus M
87 Ruff Combatiente Philomachus pugnax M
88 Sardinian Warbler  Curruca cabecinegra Sylvia melanocephala R
89 Scops Owl Autillo Otus scops S
90 Serin  Verdecillo Serinus serinus R
91 Shelduck  Tarro blanco Tadorna tadorna W
92 Short-toed Eagle  Culebrera europea  Circaetus gallicus S
93 Short-toed Lark  Terrera común Calandrella brachydactyla S
94 Short-toed Treecreeper  Agateador europeo  Certhia brachydactyla R
95 Shoveler  Cuchara común Anas clypeata W
96 Spotless Starling  Estornino negro Sturnus unicolor R
97 Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscas gris Muscicapa striata S
98 Stone Curlew  Alcaraván común Burhinus oedicnemus R
99 Stonechat  Tarabilla común Saxicola torquatus R
100 Subalpine Warbler Curruca carrasqueña Sylvia cantillans S
101 Swift  Vencejo común Apus apus S
102 Tawny Owl Cárabo común Strix aluco R
103 Thekla Lark Cogujada montesina Galerida theklae R
104 Turtle Dove Tórtola europea Streptopelia turtur S
105 Wheatear Collalba gris Oenanthe oenanthe M
106 Whiskered Tern Fumarel cariblanco Chlidonias hybrida M
107 White Stork Cigüeña blanca Ciconia ciconia S
108 White Wagtail Lavandera blanca Motacilla alba R
109 White-headed Duck  Malvasía cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala R
110 Wood Pigeon  Paloma torcaz  Columba palumbus R
111 Wood Sandpiper Andarríos bastardo Tringa glareola M
112 Woodchat Shrike  Alcaudón común Lanius senator S
113 Woodlark Alondra totovía Lullula arborea R
114 Wren  Chochín común  Troglodytes troglodytes R
115 Yellow Wagtail  Lavandera boyera Motacilla flava S
116 Yellow-legged Gull  Gaviota patiamarilla Larus michahelis R
117 Zitting Cisticola  Cistícola buitrón Cisticola juncidis R
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