100+ Birds Malaga Bird Watching Tour in October (Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

I was 26 birds behind when I arrived to the Mouth of the Guadalhorce...

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of the 106 species observed!

My good friend and bird photographer Jari Seppälä, from Finland, came with me to this October challenge, so I will include a link to his pictures once he sorts everything out when back at home. Click here for Jari's pictures!

Robin was the first bird to wake up at dawn in Montes de Malaga. While watching a Chiffchaff calling from a Holm Oak, we could clearly hear the “opposite” call of an Iberian Chiffchaff, making it the most outstanding observation there along with other typical forest birds like Cirl Bunting, Common Crossbil, Crested Tit, Firecrest, Nuthatch and Short-toed Treecreeper.

El Torcal gave us one of the “firsts” of the season, a Starling following a flock of Spotless ones. We could also spot Griffon Vulture, Corn and Rock Buntings, Serins singing like crazy!, Thekla Lark and lots of Black Redstarts.

The first species at Fuente de Piedra was the Stone Curlew resting in the furrows followed by two Hoopoes in one of the dried lakes by the Visitors Centre. Then a flock of Red-rumped Swallows flew by followed by a Sparrowhawk in search for breakfast. We celebrated the first calls and flocks of the Meadow Pipits. There were lots of Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls in the lake bed. The Greater Flamingos and Black-winged Stilts were accompanied by... the first Cranes of the season!

When heading to the Laguneto, we heard the call of a Little Owl that we could eventually, though not without difficulty, spot resting in a Tamarisk.

In one of our scans of the farmlands, we spotted a Black-winged Kite sitting on a Holm Oak.

The visit to El Chorro provided us with all the desired targets: Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush and a funny, but always short, performance of a Dartford Warbler.

The visit to the Guadalhorce Valley should let us as close as possible to the 100 target. After spotting Great Egret, Common and Green Sandpipers, Grey Heron, Little Egret, White and Grey Wagtails, and the flight of a Common Buzzard, we had only 74 birds on the list...

Jari was departing to Finland the day after so he wished me good luck and said goodbye in Guadalmar, so I got into the reserve alone with my eyes wide open... Monk Parakeet, Shoveler, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Coot, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, Redstart (I was lucky!), Snipe, Reed warbler, Shelduck, Curlew Sandpiper (a bit lucky again!), Audouin’s Gull, Sanderling, Mediterranean Gull, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Slender-billed Gull (lucky again as I did not see them lately over here!), Turnstone, Sandwich Tern, Spoonbill (very lucky!), Gannet and, while searching for the shearwaters from the beach... a nice young Great Skua flying after a seagull! That was a stroke of luck as they can only occasionally be spotted from the beach.

I kept walking across the beach to finish the day at the Laguna Grande. Then, in one of those swirls where many Gannets dive together, I found Balearic and Scopoli’s Shearwaters. Once at the Laguna Grande, Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers, Greenshank and Ruff for a total of 106 birds.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii
2 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
3 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
4 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
5 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula
7 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
8 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
9 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
10 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
11 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
12 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
13 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
14 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
15 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
16 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
17 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
18 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
19 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
20 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
21 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
22 Coot  Fulica atra
23 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
24 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
25 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
26 Crane  Grus grus
27 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
28 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
29 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
30 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
31 Dunlin Calidris alpina
32 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
33 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
34 Gadwall  Anas strepera
35 Gannet  Morus bassanus
36 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
37 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
38 Great Egret  Casmerodius albus
39 Great Skua Stercorarius skua
40 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
41 Great Tit  Parus major
42 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
43 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
44 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
45 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
46 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
47 Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarola
48 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
49 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
50 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
51 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
52 Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus
53 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
54 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
55 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
56 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
57 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
58 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
59 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
60 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
61 Little Owl Athene noctua
62 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
63 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
64 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
65 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus
66 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
67 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
68 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
69 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
70 Pochard  Aythya ferina
71 Raven  Corvus corax
72 Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
73 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
74 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
75 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
76 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
77 Robin Erithacus rubecula
78 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
79 Ruff Philomachus pugnax
80 Sanderling  Calidris alba
81 Sandwhich Tern  Sterna sandvicensis
82 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
83 Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea diomedea
84 Serin  Serinus serinus
85 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
86 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
87 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
88 Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
89 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
90 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
91 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
92 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
93 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
94 Starling Sturnus vulgaris
95 Stone Curlew  Burhinus oedicnemus
96 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
97 Teal  Anas crecca
98 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
99 Turnstone Arenaria interpres
100 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
101 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
102 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
103 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
104 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
105 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
106 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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