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

Fantastic Big Day with 109 species recorded!

Photo: Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)

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

The songs and calls of summer birds are gone at dawn though we could hear a few shy calls from the Tawny Owl and Redstarts will be part of the morning choir for some weeks at Montes de Malaga. We saw our first Chiffchaff of the season!

It is the same at El Torcal, where brambles and hawthorns await for Ring Ouzels and Redwings to arrive. The vultures were very active here today and we were so lucky to spot a gorgeous young Golden Eagle so close to Las Ventanillas viewpoint that I could not even try a shot.

The Fuente de Piedra Lake is very dry though Flamingos still feed in a couple of puddles in the lake bed and the Laguneto as well as in the little pools around Campillos. There were several Curlew Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwits and the starring birds of the day there: a couple of Spotted Redshanks. The number of some winter birds like Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Teals is increasing and we spotted our first three Snipes of the season.

It was very hot at the farmlands, where Calandra Larks were sitting on top of the clods, beak and wings half-open in search for a little breeze to cool their bodies and lungs.

Herons, egrets and wagtails for the list at the Valley of the Guadalhorce and seagulls, shearwaters and more waders on passage at the mouth to complete a fantastic birding experience around The Route of 100 Birds.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
4 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
5 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
6 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
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-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa
13 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
14 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
15 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
16 Booted Eagle  Hieraaetus pennatus
17 Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra
18 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
19 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
20 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
21 Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
22 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
23 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
24 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
25 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
26 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
27 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
28 Coot  Fulica atra
29 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
30 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
31 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
32 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
33 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
34 Dunlin Calidris alpina
35 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
36 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
37 Gadwall  Anas strepera
38 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
39 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
40 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
41 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
42 Great Tit  Parus major
43 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
44 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
45 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
46 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
47 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
48 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
49 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
50 Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes
51 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
52 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
53 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
54 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
55 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
56 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
57 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
58 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
59 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
60 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
61 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
62 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
63 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
64 Little Owl Athene noctua
65 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
66 Little Stint Calidris minuta
67 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
68 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
69 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
70 Mediterranean Gull  Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
71 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
72 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
73 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
74 Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax
75 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
76 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
77 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
78 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
79 Pochard  Aythya ferina
80 Raven  Corvus corax
81 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
82 Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
83 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
84 Robin Erithacus rubecula
85 Rock Dove Columba livia
86 Sanderling  Calidris alba
87 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
88 Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea diomedea
89 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
90 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
91 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
92 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
93 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
94 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
95 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
96 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
97 Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
98 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
99 Teal  Anas crecca
100 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
101 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
102 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
103 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
104 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
105 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
106 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
107 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
108 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
109 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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