March 2019 Birding Big Day around The Route of 100 Birds

The strong breeze that was blowing in Malaga could not stop us get a list of 109 different species.

Photo: Audouin’s Gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii)

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

None of the “before dawn” singers have started their concerts at Montes de Malaga yet, though we could observe most of the ordinary forest birds including very active Hawfinches that seem to be nesting in the area.

El Torcal also confirmed the breeding of the Bonelli’s Eagles in the nearby cliffs though most of the most interesting observations took place at the Fuente de Piedra Lake, with a Slender-billed Gull still around, the first Reed Warbler of the season and some Spotted Crakes visible from the wooden bridge.

The Guadalteba farmlands also contributed with Lesser Kestrels hovering over the arable land, a male Little Bustard in typical territorial mode, calling and showing his black scarf, the first Montagu’s Harrier, still two Curlews and the famous Little Crake around the Laguna Dulce.

The Mouth of the Guadalhorce provided eleven new species for the list. We could see the three of our small plovers (Ringed, Little Ringed and Kentish) together just in front of the Laguna Grande hide, some Garganeys, which are not very common here, Mediterranean and Audouin’s Gulls.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
4 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
5 Blackbird  Turdus merula
6 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
7 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
8 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
9 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
10 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
11 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
12 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
13 Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra
14 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
15 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
16 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
17 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
18 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
19 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
20 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
21 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
22 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
23 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
24 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
25 Coot  Fulica atra
26 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
27 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
28 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
29 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
30 Curlew Numenius arquata
31 Dunlin Calidris alpina
32 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
33 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
34 Gadwall  Anas strepera
35 Gannet  Morus bassanus
36 Garganey Anas querquedula
37 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
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 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
44 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
45 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
46 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
47 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
48 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
49 Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes
50 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
51 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
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 Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
59 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
60 Little Bustard  Tetrax tetrax
61 Little Crake Porzana parva
62 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
63 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
64 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
65 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
66 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
67 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
68 Mediterranean Gull  Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
69 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
70 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
71 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
72 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
73 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
74 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
75 Pochard  Aythya ferina
76 Raven  Corvus corax
77 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
78 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
79 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
80 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
81 Robin Erithacus rubecula
82 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
83 Rock Dove Columba livia
84 Ruff Calidris pugnax
85 Sand Martin Riparia riparia
86 Sandwich Tern  Thalasseus sandvicensis
87 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
88 Serin  Serinus serinus
89 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
90 Short-toed Snake Eagle  Circaetus gallicus
91 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
92 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
93 Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
94 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
95 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
96 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
97 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
98 Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
99 Stone Curlew  Burhinus oedicnemus
100 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
101 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
102 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
103 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
104 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
105 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
106 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
107 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
108 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
109 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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