Birdwatching around Refugio de Juanar (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Juanar is the perfect place for birding with eyes and ears...

Have a look at more pictures and the complete list of 33 species observed below!

The surroundings of the Refugio de Juanar harbour some of the most beautiful deciduous trees in southern Spain. Sweet Chestnuts, Walnuts and poplars show their autumn golden dresses and witnessing this scenery is worthwhile even if birds hide deep into the leaves running away from your camera.

I did the walk “El Juanar – Puerto Marbella” showed on the board by the car park. The first part of the path goes across a pine tree and some chestnuts forest where I spotted Wood Pigeon (the earliest bird at dawn), Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap, Siskin, Short-toed Treecreeper, a short song and call by a Tawny Owl, Wren, Crested Tit, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Common Crossbill, Great Tit, Green (calling) and Great Spotted (drumming) Woodpeckers, Raven flying over the trees and Sardinian Warbler. Most of the species that would repeat for the rest of the day!

The Mirador (viewpoint) del Corzo (Roe Deer) is placed on a hill overlooking Ojen surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. There, I saw some Crag Martins, Rock Bunting and Sardinian Warbler.

The next stretch of the track goes through the Juanar Olive Grove that looks much different from those desert-like industrialized ones at the farmlands. Most of the forest birds were present here as well plus Greenfinch, Jay, Chiffchaff, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel and Hawfinch, with Song and Mistle Thrushes, Goldfinch and Blue Tit observed on the way back.

The end of the path is the Mirador del Macho montes (male Spanish Ibex), with spectacular views of Marbella and the Mediterranean, where I could spot a Dartford Warbler fluttering in a Prickly Juniper.

The stand of Monterey Pine is out of the route, on the way to La Concha (we’ll do it one day!!!), but I tried for some forest birds. I had just got in when I was immerse in a “wave” with Crested and Great Tits, Jay, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcaps and Firecrest and Long-tailed Tit to round our list of species off.

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List of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
2 Blackbird  Turdus merula
3 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
4 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
5 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
6 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
7 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
8 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
9 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
10 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
11 Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
12 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
13 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
14 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
15 Great Tit  Parus major
16 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
17 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
18 Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes
19 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
20 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
21 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
22 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
23 Raven Corvus corax
24 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
25 Robin Erithacus rubecula
26 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
27 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
28 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
29 Siskin Spinus spinus
30 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
31 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
32 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
33 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
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