Birding Big Day around The Route of 100 Birds (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Not a bad record of 93 species in still a very short day!

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

As I did in December, I started the day at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce. I got there at 7:15 and it was still all dark. The Barn Owl was so glad when I crossed the bridge into the reserve that it came to say hello and almost lands on the board. It was one of the moments of the day! Some of the most interesting species here were Black-tailed Godwit, Balearic Shearwater, Great Skua, Water Pipit, Osprey, Bluethroat and Booted Eagle.

After that, I moved on to Montes de Malaga and direct to Fuente de Piedra. The ponds around the Visitors Centre have some water again and I hope we can enjoy a nice passage in March if it rains some more from now on. The second moment of the day was watching the couple of Black-winged Kites near the lake. There are lots of Cranes scattered all around the farmlands. There was a flock of Flamingos feeding at Laguna Dulce, which has also accumulated some water.

My next stop was at the cliffs of El Chorro, where I could enjoy watching the couple of Bonelli’s Eagle sitting together on a rock... It was my third moment of the day! I could also see many couples of Griffon Vultures in their synchronized flights as well as Dartford Warbler, Black Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush.

I run out of light at the Valley of the Guadalhorce, where I took my last picture to a Green Sandpiper for a record of 93 species.

Regarding the pictures today, I am so sorry they are really “record” ones: the light was very poor with the clouds in the morning and some of my encounters with the birds were a bit distant. I did the best of me! I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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List of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
2 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
3 Barn Owl Tyto alba
4 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
5 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula
7 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
8 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
9 Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
10 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
11 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
12 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
13 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
14 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica
15 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
16 Booted Eagle  Hieraaetus pennatus
17 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
18 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
19 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
20 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
21 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
22 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
23 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
24 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
25 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
26 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
27 Coot  Fulica atra
28 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
29 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
30 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
31 Crane  Grus grus
32 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
33 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
34 Dunlin Calidris alpina
35 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
36 Gadwall  Anas strepera
37 Gannet  Morus bassanus
38 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
39 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
40 Great Skua Stercorarius skua
41 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
42 Great Tit  Parus major
43 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
44 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
45 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
46 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
47 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
48 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
49 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
50 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
51 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
52 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
53 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
54 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
55 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
56 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
57 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
58 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
59 Little Bustard  Tetrax tetrax
60 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
61 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
62 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
63 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
64 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
65 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
66 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
67 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
68 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
69 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
70 Pochard  Aythya ferina
71 Raven  Corvus corax
72 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
73 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
74 Robin Erithacus rubecula
75 Sanderling  Calidris alba
76 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
77 Serin  Serinus serinus
78 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
79 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
80 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
81 Siskin Spinus spinus
82 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
83 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
84 Starling Sturnus vulgaris
85 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
86 Teal  Anas crecca
87 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
88 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
89 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
90 Wigeon Anas penelope
91 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
92 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
93 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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