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

Good weather, nice moments, some “first” of the season and a few pictures...

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of the 102 species observed below!

Even though there was still a breeze at the beach late evening, the morning around El Chorro and the farmlands and afternoon in Fuente Piedra were much better than expected as far as the weather is concerned.

The first good moment of the day was the chase of a Stonechat by a hungry Iberian Grey Shrike. For stonechat lovers, I have to say that, after a few loops in the air, he knew how to avoid his pursuer’s attack and ended up sitting happily on his perch.

The second moment of the day took place at the Peñarrubia cliff. I went there in search for the Peregrine that I missed at El Chorro. I could soon spot the male that was patrolling the ridge. Then, I could see the always frustrating “stern” of a big raptor almost turning around the corner of the cliff. I had enough time to see its very white base of the tail and the white spots in the wings. It was a young Golden Eagle, maybe one of those that have been expelled from its parents’ territory at the beginning of the breeding season. I had already ticked the Golden Eagle at El Chorro but its presence made the Bonelli’s, which I was also missing, get out from somewhere in the cliff and go after the golden. But that was at the other end and could not either see or photograph it...

The first of the season were Gull-billed Tern at Fuente de Piedra, Reed Warbler at Zapata and Swift at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce.

I use to tell about my final rush for the 100 species at the end of these tours. I have felt a bit pressed in the last months as days were short and it was difficult to reach the target. But the aim of a birding trip is always to enjoy so, today, I just ticked the birds and took a few pictures but did not count them. Anyway, days are not long yet and I was a little short of time for my last walk around the mouth of the Guadalhorce to stop counting the ticks.

After a while sitting in front of the Laguna Grande, my last stage for the day, without any more new birds to tick, I decided to have a look at the list. The last ones, two Shelducks, were number... 99! There was still some light before dusk and I was missing some seagulls and beach waders so decided to have a look at the sea for some of them to show up. After some pictures to the waves while thinking where I would go to find a Little Owl, a lonely Sanderling saved my pride.

I still stopped at the Laguna Grande again because I had been trying to eat my dessert since lunchtime and a last Spoonbill landed roosting on one of the little islands to make bird 102 after a wonderful birding experience throughout Malaga province.

Why bird 102? Because I had forgotten to tick the Kentish Plovers when I first counted the birds!

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Alpine Swift  Apus melba
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
4 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
5 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula
7 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
8 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
9 Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa
10 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
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 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
28 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
29 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
30 Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
31 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
32 Gadwall  Anas strepera
33 Gannet  Morus bassanus
34 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
35 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
36 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
37 Great Tit  Parus major
38 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
39 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
40 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
41 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
42 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
43 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
44 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
45 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
46 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
47 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
48 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
49 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
50 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
51 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
52 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
53 Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
54 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
55 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
56 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
57 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
58 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
59 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
60 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
61 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus
62 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
63 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
64 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
65 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
66 Pochard  Aythya ferina
67 Raven  Corvus corax
68 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
69 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
70 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
71 Redshank  Tringa totanus
72 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
73 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
74 Robin Erithacus rubecula
75 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
76 Rock Dove Columba livia
77 Ruff Philomachus pugnax
78 Sanderling  Calidris alba
79 Sandwhich Tern  Sterna sandvicensis
80 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
81 Serin  Serinus serinus
82 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
83 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
84 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
85 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
86 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
87 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
88 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
89 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
90 Swift Apus apus
91 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
92 Teal  Anas crecca
93 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
94 Western Subalpine Warbler Sylvia inornata
95 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
96 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
97 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
98 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
99 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
100 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
101 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
102 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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