Birding at El Chorro (Costa del Sol,Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Rain is so necessary here... But if it does not come, let’s go out and enjoy this sweet autumn!

Have a look at more pictures and the complete list of the 35 species observed below!

It has been too long since I got to the cliffs of El Chorro for the last time and I was in real need of feeling the vultures again.

The pine tree forest on the way out was very animated, with lots of Chaffinches and Common Crossbills. The big amount of Ring Ouzels feeding in the Phoenicean Junipers was anusual as well and most of the gems of this magical place showed up on our way up or down after a while in the cliffs: Dartford Warbler, Black Wheatear, Crag Martin, Rock Bunting and Blue Rock Thrush.

There were hundreds of vultures in the cliffs, both sitting and flying in the mild wind. After a while, the couple of Bonelli’s Eagles went round the cliff to finally sit on a small tree hanging in the rock face, to gaze at this stunning place where they set their territory.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
2 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
3 Blackbird  Turdus merula
4 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
5 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
6 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
7 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
8 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
9 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
10 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
11 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
12 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
13 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
14 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
15 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
16 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
17 Dunnock Prunella modularis
18 Great Tit  Parus major
19 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
20 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
21 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
22 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
23 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
24 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
25 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
26 Robin Erithacus rubecula
27 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
28 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
29 Serin  Serinus serinus
30 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
31 Siskin Spinus spinus
32 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
33 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
34 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
35 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
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