Birding at El Torcal and Fuente de Piedra Lake (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Mixing a stunning mountain environment like El Torcal with one of the most important Greater Flamingo breeding colonies of the Mediterranean is the best way to get a perfect birding day...

Have a look at some more pictures and the complete list of 83 species observed below!

We missed very few species among those that can be observed at El Torcal at this time of year but let’s be positive and mention the ones we could enjoy (among others!): W. Orphean, Subalpine, Sardinian, Melodious and W. Bonelli’s Warblers, Nightingale, Northern and Black-eared Wheatears, Rock Sparrow, Blue Rock Thrush, Griffon Vulture, Chough, Rock and Cirl Buntings, Thekla Lark, Honey Buzzards on passage...

Montagu’s Harriers, Little Bustard, Lesser Kestrel, Gull-billed Tern, Crested Lark and the songs of the Quail and the Calandra Lark at the farmlands...

The Lake is again the vignette of its best seasons: a pink shade of Flamingos everywhere. Plus Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Kestrel, Red-crested Pochard, White-headed Duck, Curlew Sandpiper, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt...

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
2 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
3 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
4 Black Kite Milvus migrans
5 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula
7 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
8 Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
9 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
10 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
11 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
12 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
13 Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
14 Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra
15 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
16 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
17 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
18 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
19 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
20 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
21 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
22 Coot  Fulica atra
23 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
24 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
25 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
26 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
27 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
28 Gadwall  Anas strepera
29 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
30 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
31 Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
32 Great Tit  Parus major
33 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
34 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
35 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
36 Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
37 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
38 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
39 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
40 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
41 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
42 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
43 Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor
44 Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
45 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
46 Little Bustard  Tetrax tetrax
47 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
48 Little Stint Calidris minuta
49 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
50 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
51 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
52 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
53 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
54 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
55 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
56 Pochard  Aythya ferina
57 Quail Coturnix coturnix
58 Raven  Corvus corax
59 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
60 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
61 Redshank  Tringa totanus
62 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
63 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
64 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
65 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
66 Serin  Serinus serinus
67 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
68 Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
69 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
70 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
71 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
72 Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
73 Swift  Apus apus
74 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
75 Western Bonelli’s Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli
76 Western Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis
77 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
78 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
79 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
80 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
81 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
82 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
83 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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