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

Elaine, Kristine and I spent a wonderful day traveling around the most biodiverse region in Southern Europe for some very interesting observations...

Have a look at more pictures and the complete list of 87 species observed below!

The day started at Montes de Malaga with the first lights of the day and the Robin as first ticked species though the Tawny Owl just greeted with a short hooting before going to rest. Many species were identified by their calls but we had great views of Hawfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crested Tit and Firecrest.

We reached El Torcal after a good breakfast for very good views of Griffon Vultures, Black Redstart, Rock Bunting, Sardinian Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear and, finally, Thekla Lark.

Despite the Fuente de Piedra lake is not showing its best face this winter after waders and waterfowl went past while it was still dry, the Laguneto hosted the most common ducks and wetland birds, including Greater Flamingos!, and we enjoyed Spanish Sparrow, Iberian Grey Shrike, a late Wheatear, Crane, Hoopoe and Black-winged Kite, one of the hits of the day, in the farmlands.

Time passes very quickly in these short winter days and we were running out of light on our way down to the coast. Nevertheless, we saw plenty of vultures flying over the Peñarrubia cliff and stopped to have a look. It was a good decision as a Black Vulture, the second hit of the day, soon showed up amongst the Griffon Vultures. If it is the same bird we saw in August and again at the end of October, it is having a good holiday with us in Malaga. We could also tick Chough and Rock Dove in the cliff as well as Great Crested Grebe and herons in the reservoir.

Next visit was Rio Grande, where we could spot a Great Egret, one of Elaine’s targets, which just flew off soon after we placed the scope on it.

It was too late to reach the Mouth of the Guadalhorce, so we decided to make a call to Zapata, where we ended this wonderful day watching juvenile Night Herons first, and their gorgeous parents later on until dusk.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
2 Black Vulture Aegypius monachus
3 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
4 Blackbird  Turdus merula
5 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
6 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
7 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
8 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
9 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
10 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
11 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
12 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
13 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
14 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
15 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
16 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
17 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
18 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
19 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
20 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
21 Coot  Fulica atra
22 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
23 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
24 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
25 Crane  Grus grus
26 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
27 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
28 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
29 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
30 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
31 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
32 Great Egret  Ardea alba
33 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
34 Great Tit  Parus major
35 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
36 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
37 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
38 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
39 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
40 Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes
41 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
42 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
43 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
44 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
45 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
46 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
47 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
48 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
49 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
50 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
51 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
52 Little Owl Athene noctua
53 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
54 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
55 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
56 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
57 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
58 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
59 Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax
60 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
61 Raven  Corvus corax
62 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
63 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
64 Robin Erithacus rubecula
65 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
66 Rock Dove Columba livia
67 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
68 Serin  Serinus serinus
69 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
70 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
71 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
72 Siskin Spinus spinus
73 Skylark  Alauda arvensis
74 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
75 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
76 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
77 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
78 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
79 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
80 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
81 Teal  Anas crecca
82 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
83 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
84 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
85 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
86 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
87 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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