100+ Birds Malaga Birding Tour (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

I could not believe I just reached the target!

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of the 100 birds identified!

I did not spot any extraordinary bird in any of the sites I visited. I could have been a bit lucky with Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Grey Plover, three typical birds on a rather late passage, at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce, and a Merlin on the way to Fuente de Piedra.

So I was 16 birds behind before I entered the farmlands and the Fuente de Piedra Lake after visiting Montes de Malaga, the Mouth of the Guadalhorce, Zapata, Rio Grande and El Chorro. With all the little lakes in the farmlands still dry, I was not very confident that I could reach the target...

Then Raven over the road, a nice flock of Little Bustards near Campillos, Corn Buntings in the fallows, Wood Pigeons, that I very much missed at Montes de Malaga, sitting on the wires, the first Cranes of the day, the above mentioned Merlin in flight between Cantarranas and Las Latas, an adorable Little Owl sitting on a sign by the road, first Jackdaws in a ruined farmhose, flocks of Linnets...

Once at the Visitors Centre, I had a look in the little puddle below the Cerro del Palo view point where I found Lapwing, Water Pipit and the Snipes I missed at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce, where I had already ticked the Greater Flamingo.

I could not believe there were not any Stone Curlews around the tower when I got into the Visitors Centre. I stopped again, place the scope and found... one! I was only 3 birds behind. It was late to reach El Torcal and maybe I could not spot so many new birds for the list there so I thought of owls and headed to Archidona.

So I sat in an olive grove, in front of a big tree where some Long-eared Owls use to winter just with the last lights of the day. An Azure-winged Magpie was still in the open before flying to its roosting branch. After a while, the Long-eared Owl came out and, after a two seconds search around, flew off and disappeared.

I then went for victory to a cliff where the Eagle Owls live near Archidona and the owl was already hooting when I got down the car! What a great end for a marvelous day... and night!

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Complete list of birds observed:

1 Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cooki  
2 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros  
3 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura  
4 Blackbird  Turdus merula  
5 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla  
6 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus  
7 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis  
8 Black-tailed Goswit Limosa limosa  
9 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus  
10 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica  
11 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus  
12 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata  
13 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis  
14 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti  
15 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs  
16 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita  
17 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus  
18 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto  
19 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo  
20 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra  
21 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos  
22 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild  
23 Coot  Fulica atra  
24 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo  
25 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra  
26 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris  
27 Crane  Grus grus  
28 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata  
29 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus  
30 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata  
31 Dunlin Calidris alpina  
32 Eagle Owl Bubo bubo  
33 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus  
34 Gadwall  Anas strepera  
35 Gannet  Morus bassanus  
36 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis  
37 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus  
38 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major  
39 Great Tit  Parus major  
40 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus  
41 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis  
42 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris  
43 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia  
44 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea  
45 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola  
46 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea  
47 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus  
48 Hoopoe  Upupa epops  
49 House Sparrow Passer domesticus  
50 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis  
51 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula  
52 Jay  Garrulus glandarius  
53 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus  
54 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis  
55 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus  
56 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus  
57 Linnet Carduelis cannabina  
58 Little Bustard  Tetrax tetrax  
59 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta  
60 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis  
61 Little Owl Athene noctua  
62 Long-eared Owl Asio otus  
63 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus  
64 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos  
65 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus  
66 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis  
67 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus  
68 Merlin Falco columbarius  
69 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus  
70 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus  
71 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus  
72 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea  
73 Pochard  Aythya ferina  
74 Raven  Corvus corax  
75 Redshank  Tringa totanus  
76 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula  
77 Robin Erithacus rubecula  
78 Ruff Philomachus pugnax  
79 Sanderling  Calidris alba  
80 Sandwhich Tern  Sterna sandvicensis  
81 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala  
82 Serin  Serinus serinus  
83 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna  
84 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla  
85 Shoveler  Anas clypeata  
86 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago  
87 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos  
88 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus  
89 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor  
90 Stone Curlew  Burhinus oedicnemus  
91 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus  
92 Teal  Anas crecca  
93 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae  
94 Turnstone Arenaria interpres  
95 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta  
96 White Wagtail Motacilla alba  
97 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala  
98 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus  
99 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes  
100 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis  
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