100+ Birds Malaga Birding Tour (Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

I tried a different strategy today that provided me with 101 species in a month with still very short days!

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The break of dawn at El Chorro showed most of the typical forest birds. I stayed there until I could spot the silhouette of the Golden Eagle making dives over his territory among the Griffon Vultures.

Out of the forest, I also witnessed an intense fight between the Bonelli’s Eagle and a Griffon Vulture that had mistaken its flight height across the cliff, and the Bonelli’s with the Peregrine Falcon, that showed their stunning skills in the air. Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Dartford Warbler and Thekla Lark were also present in the area. The mimicking songs of an Iberian Grey Shrike made me leave the truck to make visual contact with it and allowed my finding of a lovely Fan-lipped Orchid.

My next move was a good breakfast and a tour across the farmlands, where I got Crested and Calandra Larks, Cranes and my first Red-rumped Swallow of the year.

Once at the Fuente de Piedra lake, there was a big flock of Cattle Egrets, many of them wearing nice summer plumages, the White Storks that have been present this winter, my first Yellow Wagtails of the season as well, a few White-headed Ducks at the Laguneto, where there also was a Red-crested Pochard, that has been absent during our long drought period.

The Mouth of the Guadalhorce is showing good in the last weeks. Booted Eagle and Osprey, Spoonbill, a nice flock of adult Greater Flamingos looking for a way to get in from the sea, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Kentish Plover and very active Sandwich Terns at the beach apart from the common birds at this site: Black-winged Stilt, Black-necked Grebes, herons, egrets, finches, etc.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
2 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
3 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
4 Blackbird  Turdus merula
5 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
6 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
7 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
8 Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa
9 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
10 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
11 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
12 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata
13 Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra
14 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
15 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
16 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
17 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
18 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
19 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
20 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
21 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
22 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
23 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
24 Coot  Fulica atra
25 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
26 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
27 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
28 Crane  Grus grus
29 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
30 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
31 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
32 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
33 Gadwall  Anas strepera
34 Gannet  Morus bassanus
35 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
36 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
37 Golden Plover  Pluvialis apricaria
38 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
39 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
40 Great Tit  Parus major
41 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
42 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
43 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
44 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
45 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
46 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
47 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
48 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
49 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
50 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
51 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
52 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
53 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
54 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
55 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
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 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
62 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
63 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
64 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
65 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
66 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
67 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
68 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
69 Pochard  Aythya ferina
70 Raven  Corvus corax
71 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
72 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
73 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
74 Robin Erithacus rubecula
75 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
76 Rock Dove Columba livia
77 Sanderling  Calidris alba
78 Sandwhich Tern  Sterna sandvicensis
79 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
80 Serin  Serinus serinus
81 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
82 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
83 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
84 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
85 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
86 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
87 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
88 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
89 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
90 Teal  Anas crecca
91 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
92 Turnstone Arenaria interpres
93 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
94 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
95 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
96 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
97 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
98 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
99 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
100 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
101 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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