Andalucia Bird Society September field meeting at the mouth of the Guadalhorce

The Mouth of the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve is a place of increasing interest.

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

For a few of those who have been enjoying and taking pictures of most of its birds for a long time, the mouth of the Guadalhorce might end up looking a bit boring but it is actually a place of increasing interest because you can spot 63 different species (plus 18 more at Zapata early in the morning) as we all did this morning, and also because many of those species will not be found in Northern Europe or the British Isles, it is easily accessible from any place along the Costa del Sol, it is equipped with so comfortable hides to watch the birds, it can always provide you with very pleasant surprises and, most important, it is an example of survival in the middle of a city and threatened by lots of enemies...

Some early birders met at 7:00 in Zapata for some Red-necked Nightjar watching. They did not disappoint the group and offered great views on the tracks around. After the nightjars and a group picture, we waited for sunrise by the river. A few Night Herons flew past, and lots of Cattle and Little Egrets follow upstream with a Marsh Harrier. The Little Bittern also showed up in the reeds. The Kingfishers noisily patrolled the banks once and again.

We visited the ditch near the airport were we found lots of Red-rumped Swallows sitting in the fence with a passing Sand Martin, Common Waxbills and a few Short-toed larks flying high to the south. Derek and Barbara could spot a Purple Swamphen jumping down to the reeds.

After a quick breakfast in San Julian, the whole group met for a nice walk at the mouth of the river. Some migrant little birds soon came out: Melodious and Olivaceous Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Tree Pipit. We could also spot the first Bluethroat of the season.

Some other birds present were Greater Flamingo, Wood Sandpiper, Audouin’s and Mediterranean Gulls (hundreds of Black-headed and Lesser black-backed ones!), Bar-tailed Godwit and Balearic Shearwater.

Another great day and great company!!!

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME St ZA GU
1 Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii M   *
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta R   *
3 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus W   *
4 Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica M   *
5 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica S * *
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula R * *
7 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla R *  
8 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus R   *
9 Black-headed Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus R   *
10 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus R   *
11 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica W   *
12 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis R * *
13 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti R * *
14 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita W * *
15 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto R * *
16 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos R * *
17 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild R *  
18 Coot  Fulica atra R * *
19 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo W   *
20 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata R *  
21 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea M   *
22 Dunlin Calidris alpina M   *
23 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus R   *
24 Gadwall  Anas strepera R   *
25 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis R * *
26 Great Tit  Parus major R   *
27 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus W *  
28 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris R * *
29 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia W   *
30 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea R * *
31 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea R *  
32 Hoopoe  Upupa epops R *  
33 House Martin  Delichon urbicum S * *
34 House Sparrow Passer domesticus R * *
35 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula R *  
36 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus R   *
37 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus R * *
38 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis R * *
39 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus W   *
40 Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus S *  
41 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta R * *
42 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis R   *
43 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius R *  
44 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos R * *
45 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus R *  
46 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus W   *
47 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta M   *
48 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus R * *
49 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus R * *
50 Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax R *  
51 Olivaceous Warbler Iduna opaca M   *
52 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus S   *
53 Pochard  Aythya ferina R   *
54 Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio R *  
55 Redshank  Tringa totanus W   *
56 Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis S *  
57 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica S * *
58 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus S   *
59 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula W * *
60 Robin Erithacus rubecula R *  
61 Ruff Philomachus pugnax M   *
62 Sand Martin Riparia riparia M *  
63 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala R * *
64 Sedge Warbler Acxrocephalus schoenobaenus M   *
65 Serin  Serinus serinus R *  
66 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna W   *
67 Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla S *  
68 Shoveler  Anas clypeata W   *
69 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago W   *
70 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus R   *
71 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor R * *
72 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus R *  
73 Swift  Apus apus S * *
74 Teal  Anas crecca W   *
75 Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis M   *
76 Turtle Dove Streptopelia Turtur S   *
77 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe M   *
78 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala R   *
79 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola M   *
80 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis R   *
81 Zitting cisticola Cisticola juncidis R * *
        43 63
Last modified onMonday, 19 September 2016 08:27

We use our own and third-party cookies to improve our services and analyze traffic in Google Analytics. See Cookies Policy