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

The “Way of the 100 Birds” gave us another great birding day!

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of 113 birds below!

Another success of the 100+ Malaga Team! We decided to focus our trip on the forest, the mountain and the coastal wetland today by visiting Montes de Malaga, El Torcal, Zapata and the Mouth of the Guadalhorce.

Most of the typical forest birds showed up at Montes de Malaga including Firecrest and Short-toed Treecreeper. The first to wake up was the Robin and the highlight of our visit was the presence of our friend “Foxy” that only comes out when the whole team meets.

The visit to El Torcal was fantastic. We found a big flock of Corn Buntings, the first Hoopoe of the day and a Sparrowhawk on our way up to the Visitors Centre. The site was populated by a lot of very interesting birds on passage like Garden and Subalpine Warblers, Whitethroat, Redstart, Wheatear, Whinchat and two of the gems of the day: Rock Thrush and Ortolan Bunting (with serious doubts about this bird as some features correspond to the Ortolan Bunting and others are a bit misleading but do not direct you to Rock, Cirl or Corn Bunting either...).

We could also spot some of the typical residents like Blue Rock Thrush, Rock and Cirl Buntings, Black Redstart, Crag Martin and Griffon Vulture. Looking to a big raptor in flight along the ridge, it turned out to be a Golden Eagle, which soon was escorted by the Peregrine Falcon.

The visit to Zapata started with an Osprey eating a fish on top of a pylon and followed with a wonderful flock of Stone Curlews. Cattle and Little Egrets, Red-rumped Swallows, Cetti’s Warbler, Crested Lark and Kingfisher were present at the river along with Booted Eagle and Marsh Harrier.

The Mouth of the Guadalhorce is showing a very good face. Ducks, including White-headed Duck, waders, with Kentish Plover, Black-winged Stilt and Bar-tailed Godwit, and seagulls, with some Audouin’s ones provided the Team with a lot of species.

Watching seabirds at the beach gave the team the bird 100: Scopoli’s Shearwater, that glided in the waves with Balearic ones and Gannets.

Another great birding day in the best possible company!

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Complete list of the birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
4 Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
5 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
6 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
7 Blackbird  Turdus merula
8 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
9 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
10 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
11 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
12 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica
13 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
14 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata
15 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
16 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
17 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
18 Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
19 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
20 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
21 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
22 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
23 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
24 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
25 Coot  Fulica atra
26 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
27 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
28 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
29 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
30 Dunlin Calidris alpina
31 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
32 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
33 Gadwall  Anas strepera
34 Gannet  Morus bassanus
35 Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
36 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
37 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
38 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
39 Great Tit  Parus major
40 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
41 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
42 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
43 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
44 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
45 Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarola
46 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
47 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
48 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
49 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
50 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
51 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
52 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
53 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
54 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
55 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
56 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
57 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
58 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
59 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
60 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
61 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
62 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
63 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
64 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus
65 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
66 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
67 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
68 Ortolan Bunting (*) Emberiza hortulana
69 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
70 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
71 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
72 Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
73 Pochard  Aythya ferina
74 Raven  Corvus corax
75 Redshank  Tringa totanus
76 Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
77 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
78 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
79 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
80 Robin Erithacus rubecula
81 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
82 Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
83 Ruff Philomachus pugnax
84 Sand Martin Riparia riparia
85 Sanderling  Calidris alba
86 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
87 Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea diomedea
88 Serin  Serinus serinus
89 Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
90 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
91 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
92 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
93 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
94 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
95 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
96 Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
97 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
98 Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
99 Swift  Apus apus
100 Teal  Anas crecca
101 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
102 Turnstone Arenaria interpres
103 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
104 Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
105 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
106 Whitethroat Sylvia communis
107 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
108 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
109 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
110 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
111 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
112 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
113 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis

(*) To be confirmed...

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