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

Fantastic record of 114 species in the really first summer week of the year.

Picture: Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

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

The first bird ticked on the list was the Scops Owl that was hooting in the pine woods when we arrived at Montes de Malaga at 5:45. Some minutes later, the fist surprise of the day was the song of a Nightjar, which is not as common here as it is the Red-necked one, also present in the area this morning.

The Tawny Owl also called with the first lights of the day before the morning choir started. Cirl Buntings and Bonelli’s Warblers were very active early in the morning. It is a pity the poor morning light does not allow better pictures...

El Torcal is also looking great and there are a lot of fledglings around. It was nice to see Rock Thrushes, Golden Eagle, Black and Black-eared Wheatears, Rock Sparrow, and most of the typical warblers in the area: Melodious, Orphean, Sardinian, Subalpine and Dartford. It was also rewarding hearing the song of a Quail in a recently reaped wheat field.

The lake is looking very good and there is a lot of species around including Gull-billed Tern, Red-crested Pochard, White-headed Duck, nice flocks of Black Kites and, of course, thousands of Greater Flamingos. The surprise was a flock of a few Glossy Ibis next to the Visitors Centre.

The farmlands were very productive too, leaving Crested, Calandra and Short-toed Larks, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Short-toed Snake Eagle and Spanish Sparrow.

We were doing so good that we already had 97 species recorded before visiting the Peñarrubia Cliff. There, we spotted the Peregrine Falcon, Chough and... Alpine Swift made number 100!

We still visited the Valley and Mouth (a short call!) of the Guadalhorce for some more interesting species like Bee-eater, Booted eagle, Kentish Plover and Audouin’s Gull.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Alpine Swift  Apus melba
2 Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
3 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
4 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
5 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
6 Black Kite Milvus migrans
7 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
8 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
9 Blackbird  Turdus merula
10 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
11 Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
12 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
13 Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
14 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
15 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
16 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
17 Booted Eagle  Hieraaetus pennatus
18 Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra
19 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
20 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
21 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
22 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
23 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
24 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
25 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
26 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
27 Coot  Fulica atra
28 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
29 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
30 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
31 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
32 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
33 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
34 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
35 Gadwall  Anas strepera
36 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
37 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
38 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
39 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
40 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
41 Great Tit  Parus major
42 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
43 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
44 Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarola
45 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
46 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
47 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
48 Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes
49 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
50 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
51 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
52 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
53 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
54 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
55 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
56 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
57 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
58 Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
59 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
60 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
61 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
62 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
63 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
64 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
65 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
66 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
67 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
68 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
69 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
70 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
71 Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
72 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
73 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
74 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
75 Pochard  Aythya ferina
76 Quail Coturnix coturnix
77 Raven  Corvus corax
78 Redshank Tringa totanus
79 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
80 Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis
81 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
82 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
83 Robin Erithacus rubecula
84 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
85 Rock Dove Columba livia
86 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
87 Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
88 Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
89 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
90 Scops Owl Otus scops
91 Serin  Serinus serinus
92 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
93 Short-toed Eagle  Circaetus gallicus
94 Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla
95 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
96 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
97 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
98 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
99 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
100 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
101 Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
102 Swift  Apus apus
103 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
104 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
105 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
106 Western Bonelli’s Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli
107 Western Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis
108 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
109 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
110 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
111 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
112 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
113 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
114 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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