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

My nephew Liam and I had a great bird watching day and got very close to the target of 100.

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of 97 species below!

It was a hard day birding. After breeding and in the middle of their moulting process, birds are behaving very shy. Even the early morning “burst” of songs and calls was very poor today, with the Wood Pigeon waking up the first.

 It was very hot in the afternoon; you can have a look at the picture of the Hoopoe resting in the shade of an olive tree!

On the other hand, we could record the return of some wintering birds like Green Sandpipers in good numbers and even a few Cormorants at the Guadalteba reservoir, while the Rio Viejo, at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce, is recovering its typical summer splendour with Black-headed Gulls and other species coming back from their breeding quarters like Mediterranean and Audoin’s Gulls and the first Lesser Black-backed ones.

We finished our day enjoying Scopoli’s Shearwaters far beyond the shore, drawing soft bends over the still Mediterranean at dusk sunlight.

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Complete list of 97 species observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Alpine Swift  Apus melba
2 Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii
3 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
4 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
5 Black Kite Milvus migrans
6 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
7 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
8 Blackbird  Turdus merula
9 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
10 Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
11 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
12 Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa
13 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
14 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
15 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
16 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata
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 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
26 Coot  Fulica atra
27 Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
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 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
36 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
37 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
38 Great Tit  Parus major
39 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
40 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
41 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
42 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
43 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
44 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
45 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
46 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
47 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
48 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
49 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
50 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
51 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
52 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
53 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
54 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
55 Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor
56 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
57 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
58 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
59 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
60 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
61 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
62 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus
63 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
64 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
65 Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax
66 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
67 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
68 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
69 Pochard  Aythya ferina
70 Raven  Corvus corax
71 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
72 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
73 Redshank  Tringa totanus
74 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
75 Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea diomedea
76 Serin  Serinus serinus
77 Short-toed Eagle  Circaetus gallicus
78 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
79 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
80 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
81 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
82 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
83 Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
84 Swift  Apus apus
85 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
86 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
87 Western Bonelli’s Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli
88 Western Olivaceous Warbler Iduna opaca
89 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
90 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
91 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
92 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
93 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
94 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
95 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
96 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
97 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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