Juanar is the perfect place for birding with eyes and ears...
Have a look at more pictures and the complete list of 33 species observed below!
The surroundings of the Refugio de Juanar harbour some of the most beautiful deciduous trees in southern Spain. Sweet Chestnuts, Walnuts and poplars show their autumn golden dresses and witnessing this scenery is worthwhile even if birds hide deep into the leaves running away from your camera.
I did the walk “El Juanar – Puerto Marbella” showed on the board by the car park. The first part of the path goes across a pine tree and some chestnuts forest where I spotted Wood Pigeon (the earliest bird at dawn), Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap, Siskin, Short-toed Treecreeper, a short song and call by a Tawny Owl, Wren, Crested Tit, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Common Crossbill, Great Tit, Green (calling) and Great Spotted (drumming) Woodpeckers, Raven flying over the trees and Sardinian Warbler. Most of the species that would repeat for the rest of the day!
The Mirador (viewpoint) del Corzo (Roe Deer) is placed on a hill overlooking Ojen surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. There, I saw some Crag Martins, Rock Bunting and Sardinian Warbler.
The next stretch of the track goes through the Juanar Olive Grove that looks much different from those desert-like industrialized ones at the farmlands. Most of the forest birds were present here as well plus Greenfinch, Jay, Chiffchaff, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel and Hawfinch, with Song and Mistle Thrushes, Goldfinch and Blue Tit observed on the way back.
The end of the path is the Mirador del Macho montes (male Spanish Ibex), with spectacular views of Marbella and the Mediterranean, where I could spot a Dartford Warbler fluttering in a Prickly Juniper.
The stand of Monterey Pine is out of the route, on the way to La Concha (we’ll do it one day!!!), but I tried for some forest birds. I had just got in when I was immerse in a “wave” with Crested and Great Tits, Jay, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcaps and Firecrest and Long-tailed Tit to round our list of species off.
List of birds observed:
|1||Black Redstart||Phoenicurus ochruros|
|4||Blue Tit||Cyanistes caeruleus|
|7||Coal Tit||Periparus ater|
|8||Common Crossbill||Loxia curvirostra|
|9||Crag Martin||Ptyonoprogne rupestris|
|10||Crested Tit||Lophophanes cristatus|
|11||Dartford Warbler||Sylvia undata|
|14||Great Spotted Woodpecker||Dendrocopos major|
|15||Great Tit||Parus major|
|16||Green Woodpecker||Picus viridis|
|20||Long-tailed Tit||Aegithalos caudatus|
|21||Mistle Thrush||Turdus viscivorus|
|24||Ring Ouzel||Turdus torquatus|
|26||Rock Bunting||Emberiza cia|
|27||Sardinian Warbler||Sylvia melanocephala|
|28||Short-toed Treecreeper||Certhia brachydactyla|
|30||Song Thrush||Turdus philomelos|
|31||Tawny Owl||Strix aluco|
|32||Wood Pigeon||Columba palumbus|
- El Juanar - Puerto Marbella route El Juanar - Puerto Marbella route
- The Roe Deer (Mirador del Corzo) The Roe Deer (Mirador del Corzo)
- Juanar Olive Grove Juanar Olive Grove
- Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
- Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)
- Marbella from the Mirador del Macho Montes Marbella from the Mirador del Macho Montes
- Monterey Pines (Pinus radiata) Monterey Pines (Pinus radiata)
- Maritime Pine (Pinus pinaster) Maritime Pine (Pinus pinaster)
- Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa)
- Wild Boars' bath and scrape trunk Wild Boars' bath and scrape trunk
- Sweet Chestnust dead leaves Sweet Chestnust dead leaves