Birding around Casares (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

The Sierra Crestellina is a beautiful place for great birding from Casares, and very close to Estepona and Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

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

The Sierra Crestellina is the most western sierra in the province of Malaga. The silhouette of the Griffon Vultures soon shows up over the ridges as you approach Casares.

The climb to the Puerto de las Viñas goes across a nice Mediterranean forest where we could spot most of the typical birds including Crested Tit, Firecrest, Short-toed Treecreeper  and Great Spotted Woodpecker. A pair of Booted Eagles still dominates the valley before departing to Africa in the coming days.

We also saw some migrant birds like Bee-eaters, Short-toed Eagle and a few Honey Buzzards in flight over the hills, and Willow Warblers nervously moving in the trees.

But we are surrounded by hills and peaks in the valley and mountain birds like Raven, Blue Rock Thrush, Crag Martin, Chough and Peregrine Falcon came out during the trip.

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List of birds:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
2 Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
3 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
4 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata
5 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
6 Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
7 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
8 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
9 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
10 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
11 Great Tit  Parus major
12 Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
13 Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
14 House Martin Delichon urbicum
15 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
16 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
17 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
18 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
19 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
20 Raven Corvus corax
21 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
22 Robin Erithacus rubecula
23 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
24 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
25 Short-toed Eagle  Circaetus gallicus
26 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
27 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
28 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
29 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
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