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

A challenge in the shortest day of the year...

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

I was very glad that the Tawny Owl welcomed me to Montes de Malaga with a very sweet hooting after a few months missing. Temperature was 7ºC.

The woods were very quiet and looking very nice after the rains. The streams are flowing again after too many months. The novelty today was the arrival of many Siskins.

A northwest breeze was blowing at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce making the observation of small birds very difficult. Anyway, we had very good views of Booted Eagle, Black-necked Grebe, Kentish Plover and White-headed Duck.

Bluethroat, Common Waxbill, Hoopoe, Avocet, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper soon showed up at Zapata, where the landscape is very different since the last week floods.

The Valley of the Guadalhorce gave us Great Egret and Water Pipit.

Little birds were very quiet around El Chorro in late afternoon. We could spot lots of Griffon Vultures and the Bonelli’s Eagle in the cliffs but only the Dartford Warbler performed a nice show for us.

The Cranes, Little Bustards, Iberian Grey Shrike and a gorgeous Black-winged Kiter showed up in the farmlands. There are more Flamingos in the lake but news about the optimal level of the Laguneto have not yet reached other parts of Andalusia...

In the end I got only 83 species. Everything counts. December will not always provide a quiet shiny day for bird watching, surprises not always show up and the short days make you keep moving all the time making it impossible to sit and wait for some birds to pop up.

On the other hand, reducing the search of little mountain birds to a tangential short call to El Chorro in late afternoon can have been a mistake and we should have had a look to El Torcal before the walk at the mouth of the river. January will still be a difficult challenge before migrants start coming but we will try to make it work that way.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
2 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
3 Blackbird  Turdus merula
4 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
5 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
6 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
7 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
8 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
9 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica
10 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
11 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
12 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata
13 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
14 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
15 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
16 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
17 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
18 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
19 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
20 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
21 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
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 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
30 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
31 Gadwall  Anas strepera
32 Gannet  Morus bassanus
33 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
34 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
35 Great Egret  Casmerodius albus
36 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
37 Great Tit  Parus major
38 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
39 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
40 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
41 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
42 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
43 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
44 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
45 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
46 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
47 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
48 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
49 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
50 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
51 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
52 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
53 Little Bustard  Tetrax tetrax
54 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
55 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
56 Little Owl Athene noctua
57 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
58 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
59 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
60 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
61 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
62 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
63 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
64 Pochard  Aythya ferina
65 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
66 Robin Erithacus rubecula
67 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
68 Serin  Serinus serinus
69 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
70 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
71 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
72 Siskin Carduelis spinus
73 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
74 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
75 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
76 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
77 Teal  Anas crecca
78 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
79 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
80 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
81 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
82 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
83 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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