Birding around Malaga province (Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Joe’s targets for the day have led us to the Valley of the Guadalhorce, El Chorro, farmlands and Fuente de Piedra.

Have a look at the list of the 65 birds observed and the pictures below!

This birdaytrip was Mary’s birthday present for Joe.

Our first stop of the day was at Rio Grande where we found a new for the season, the Water Pipit, Great Egret, a single Black Stork and a Blue Rock Thrush, one of Joe’s targets, in a ruined farmhouse, among other typical inhabitants of the river.

The cliffs at El Chorro provided nice views of huge flocks of Griffon Vultures and a few very close ones searching for thermals to follow their friends. We could also spot Iberian Grey Shrike, another target for Joe, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Wheatear, Crag Martins and the calls of an extremely elusive but close Dartford Warbler.

The farmlands showed a few late Wheatears and very nice views of Black Redstarts, one of Joe’s wishes for the day as well.

There were Cranes (Joe’s reason to come to the Fuente de Piedra Lake) with the Flamingos. The lake is looking better after the last rains; I hope it rains much more in the coming days. We could spot another “late” there, a Pied Flycatcher, and, no without difficulty, we finally discovered a beautiful male Spanish Sparrow in the open. We searched for the Bluethroat, another target for the day, but we could not find it so we headed to Zapata, the last stage of our tour.

We ticked some new species on the list like Common Waxbill and Red-legged Partridge and could even have a glimpse of an Egyptian Mongoose sneaking in the reeds. Finally, to put a brilliant end to the day, we had wonderful views of several Bluethroats.

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List of birds observed:

1 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
2 Black Stork  Ciconia nigra
3 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
4 Blackbird  Turdus merula
5 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
6 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
7 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
8 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
9 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica
10 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
11 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
12 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
13 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
14 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
15 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
16 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
17 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
18 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
19 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
20 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
21 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
22 Crane  Grus grus
23 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
24 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
25 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
26 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
27 Great Egret  Casmerodius albus
28 Great Tit  Parus major
29 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
30 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
31 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
32 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
33 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
34 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
35 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
36 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
37 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
38 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
39 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
40 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
41 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
42 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
43 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
44 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
45 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
46 Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
47 Raven  Corvus corax
48 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
49 Robin Erithacus rubecula
50 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
51 Serin  Serinus serinus
52 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
53 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
54 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
55 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
56 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
57 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
58 Stone Curlew  Burhinus oedicnemus
59 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
60 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
61 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
62 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
63 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
64 Wigeon Anas penelope
65 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
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