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

The summer season is coming to its end and this was one of the last chances to watch some of our summer visitors before they leave back to Africa...

Photo: Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Have a look at some more pictures and the complete list of 44 species observed below!

We had a great start listening to the hooting of the Eagle Owls at the cliffs of El Torcal. We could also spot Peregrine Falcon, Griffon Vulture, Chough, Nightingale, Melodious Warbler, Cirl Bunting, Woodchat Shrike, Hoopoe, Turtle Dove and beautiful flocks of Alpine Swifts.

Higher up around the Visitors Centre, we added up Blue and Rufous Rock Thrushes to the list, with also Bonelli’s Warbler, Thekla Lark, Black-eared Wheatear, Rock Bunting, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Dartford Warbler, young Montagu’s Harrier and Bee-eaters heading for its first visit to Africa and great views of the juvenile Bonelli’s Eagle over the cliffs.

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Complete list of birds observed:

1 Alpine Swift  Apus melba
2 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
3 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
4 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
5 Blackbird  Turdus merula
6 Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
7 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
8 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
9 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
10 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
11 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
12 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
13 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
14 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
15 Eagle Owl Bubo bubo
16 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
17 Great Tit  Parus major
18 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
19 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
20 Hoopoe Upupa epops
21 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
22 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
23 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
24 Little Owl Athene noctua
25 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
26 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
27 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
28 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
29 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
30 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
31 Rock Dove Columba livia
32 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
33 Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
34 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
35 Serin  Serinus serinus
36 Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus
37 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
38 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
39 Swift  Apus apus
40 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
41 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
42 Western Bonelli’s Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli
43 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
44 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
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