Birding Ecosse April 2018 Tour – Part 4: El Torcal and Fuente de Piedra Lake

We left our final day for the Flamingos lake and El Torcal.

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

The easterly winds that were blowing today and the day before brought so much moisture from the sea that the fog was rather thick around every mountain peak, so we decided to start our trip visiting the Peñarrubia Cliff on the way to the Laguna Dulce and the Fuente de Piedra Lake.

There was a heavy traffic of Griffon Vultures at the Peñarrubia Cliff, with Choughs flying around and the Peregrine Falcon presiding the heights.

The Laguna Dulce was looking very good. There, the group was delighted with very close views of Greater Flamingos, Great Crested Grebe, Red-crested Pochards, Spanish Sparrows and even a BlackTern.

We had great views of Gull-billed Terns flying after a tractor ploughing and olive grove, and a glimpse of an almost completely dark morph of a Montagu’s Harrier.

The walk around the Visitors Centre gave us Whiskered Tern, more Flamingos, Yellow Wagtails of different races, White Stork and Black-headed Gull, Red-crested Pochard and White-headed Duck at the Laguneto.

Unfortunately, the mist was still very thick at El Torcal though we could spot Black Redstart, Blackcap, Blue Tit and Rock Bunting to put the end of a fantastic week around birds (129 diferent species in total), in stunning sceneries and great company.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
2 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
3 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
4 Black Tern Chlidonias niger
5 Blackbird  Turdus merula
6 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
7 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
8 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
9 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
10 Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra
11 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
12 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
13 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
14 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
15 Coot  Fulica atra
16 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
17 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
18 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
19 Gadwall  Anas strepera
20 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
21 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
22 Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
23 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
24 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
25 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
26 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
27 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
28 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
29 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
30 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
31 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
32 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
33 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
34 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
35 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
36 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
37 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
38 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
39 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
40 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
41 Pochard  Aythya ferina
42 Raven  Corvus corax
43 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
44 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
45 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
46 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
47 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
48 Serin  Serinus serinus
49 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
50 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
51 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
52 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
53 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
54 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
55 Swift  Apus apus
56 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
57 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
58 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
59 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
60 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
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