Birding Ecosse Malaga Tour Sep 10-15th

David and Linda Slater have gathered a nice group of fabulous birders eager to know about birds in Southern Spain.

Based in Malaga, the tour included The Route of 100 Birds (Malaga), The Straits (Cadiz) and Osuna (Sevilla).

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of 132 species observed!

Day 1: El Chorro & Valley of the Guadalhorce

Fantastic views of Griffon Vultures, Crested Tits and a Black Stork flying over the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes before it landed in the river.

Day 2: The Straits & La Janda

The day started with a before dawn visit to Zapata, where we had good views of Red-necked Nightjars and Night Herons. At The Straits, there was a Massive passage of raptors, specially Honey Buzzards but also Black Kite, Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Sparrowhawk, Egyptian Vulture, Bee-eater and Black Stork, with a Goshawk visiting the Algarrobo view point! Plenty of White Storks, Glossy Ibis and Cattle Egrets at La Janda, but also Spoonbills, Montagu’s Harriers, Spanish Sparrows and a nice group of 15+ Lesser Kestrel hunting together over the farmlands.

Day 3: Osuna

We could found the Great Bustards before it was too hot. After that, most of the birds where hiding in the shade of the olive trees though we saw lots of Red-legged Partridges and Crested Larks, with nice views of Short-toed Larks and Tawny Pipit.

Day 4: El Torcal and Archidona District

It was foggy at El Torcal in the morning so we started our trip around Archidona where we very much enjoyed Golden Eagle, Cirl Buntings, several Bee-eaters still sitting on wires and Azure-winged Magpies. A couple of Bonelli’s Eagles made our day at El Torcal. We first spotted them sitting on top of a cliff from where they unsuccessfully went after something in the farmlands below. They came back and fiercely chased a poor Common Buzzard out of their territory. It was a fantastic performance! We could also find Rock and Blue Rock Thrushes and Thekla Lark.

Day 5: Peñarrubia cliff, farmlands and Fuente de Piedra Lake

The Peñarrubia cliff was very quiet in the morning though it gave us the Black Wheatears for the list and beautiful flocks of Alpine Swifts. Good passage of Northern Wheatears and Willow Warblers, with some more Tawny Pipits in very good light at the farmlands. Greater Flamingos and Little Owl at Fuente de Piedra.

Day 6: Mouth of the Guadalhorce & Montes de Malaga

The Mouth of the Guadalhorce welcomed us with a big flock of Honey Buzzards leaving the reserve after roosting there. A gorgeous female Kingfisher posed for us while watching White-headed Ducks. Black-winged Stilt, Curlew and Wood Sandpipers and Kentish Plovers were some of the waders present today. We could spot Balearic Shearwaters from the beach and Audouin’s Gulls at the Laguna Grande. The Osprey is back to the reserve. Watching little passerines on passage (Redstarts, Garden and Willow Warblers, Whitethroats, Spotted and Pied Flycatchers) and butterflies like Two-tailed Pasha and Cardinal was very entertaining after a lavish final lunch at Montes de Malaga.

I acknowledge David and Linda for trusting Birdaytrip. I was very proud of leading such a fantastic group.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Alpine Swift  Apus melba
2 Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
3 Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cooki
4 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
5 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
6 Bee-eater  Merops apiaster
7 Black Kite Milvus migrans
8 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
9 Black Stork  Ciconia nigra
10 Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura
11 Blackbird  Turdus merula
12 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
13 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
14 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
15 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
16 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
17 Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
18 Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus
19 Booted Eagle  Hieraaetus pennatus
20 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
21 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
22 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
23 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
24 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
25 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
26 Collared Pratincole  Glareola pratincola
27 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
28 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
29 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
30 Coot  Fulica atra
31 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
32 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
33 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
34 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
35 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
36 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
37 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
38 Dunlin Calidris alpina
39 Egyptian Vulture Neophron pernopterus
40 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
41 Gadwall  Anas strepera
42 Gannet  Morus bassanus
43 Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
44 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
45 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
46 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
47 Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
48 Great Bustard Otis tarda
49 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
50 Great Tit  Parus major
51 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
52 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
53 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
54 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
55 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
56 Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
57 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
58 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
59 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
60 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
61 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
62 Jay Garrulus glandarius
63 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
64 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
65 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
66 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
67 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
68 Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
69 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
70 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
71 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
72 Little Owl Athene noctua
73 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
74 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
75 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
76 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
77 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
78 Montagu’s Harrier  Circus pygargus
79 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
80 Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
81 Nuthatch Sitta europaea
82 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
83 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
84 Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
85 Pochard  Aythya ferina
86 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
87 Raven  Corvus corax
88 Red-legged Partridge  Alectoris rufa
89 Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis
90 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
91 Redshank  Tringa totanus
92 Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
93 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
94 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
95 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
96 Rock Dove Columba livia
97 Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
98 Sand Martin Riparia riparia
99 Sanderling  Calidris alba
100 Sandwich Tern  Thalasseus sandvicensis
101 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
102 Serin  Serinus serinus
103 Short-toed Eagle  Circaetus gallicus
104 Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla
105 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
106 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
107 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
108 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
109 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
110 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
111 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
112 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
113 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
114 Swift Apus apus
115 Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
116 Teal  Anas crecca
117 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
118 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
119 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
120 Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
121 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
122 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
123 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
124 Whitethroat Sylvia communis
125 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochylus
126 Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
127 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
128 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
129 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
130 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
131 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
132 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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