Bird watching Big Day on The Route of 100 Birds (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Juvenile birds, the colour of the countryside and the dry lakes tell spring time is coming to its end...

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of the 103 birds observed below!

The highlight of the day took place at Montes, before dawn, when, after hearing the songs of the Woodlark, an European Nightjar has been recorded for the first time in our Big days making it bird 200!

Our performance at Montes and El Torcal has been great today, with a total amount of 57 species. We had nice views of a Booted Eagle sitting on a Cork Oak and a Short-toed one perched on a Pylon on our way to El Torcal. There, we could spot most of our summer gems there like Melodious, Subalpine, Spectacled and Orphean Warblers, Black-eared Wheatear and Woodchat Shrike.

The Fuente de Piedra Lake is almost dry so many Flamingos visit the Laguneto and get closer than usual. There was a good presence of Gull-billed Terns and Red-crested Pochards, and a few White-headed Ducks and Kentish Plovers.

This time, Calandra Lark, Hoopoe and Montagu’s Harrier showed up in the farmlands. There were 90 birds on the list at this time of the day.

From then on, El Chorro left Spanish Sparrow, Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Alpine Swift and Rock Dove, while we found Lesser Kestrel, Turtle Dove, Bee-eater, Little Egret (number 100!), Little Ringed Plover, Cattle Egret and Night Heron in the Valley of the Guadalhorce, to complete the list of 103 species.

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Complete list of birds observed:

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