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

The forecast of a very cold wave led us to design a more relaxed and shorter itinerary that produced a list of 82 species observed this month.

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

We started our tour at Montes de Malaga, as always, though a bit later than usual. This time, my friend John put his expert eyes at work with mine. Coming from England, he very much enjoyed our good views of the Crested Tits.

Our next step was going to El Torcal. Even though the temperature was 0ºC, there were some birds at work and we spotted Dartford and Sardinian Warblers, Thekla Lark and Griffon Vulture among others.

The new itinerary implied driving back to Malaga instead of the farmlands, so we headed to Zapata, where we had lunch in the car waiting for the Bluethroat, of which we had two glimpses. But the star of this ambush was a couple of Penduline Tits that kept pecking the plumes of the reeds for a while. Other findings there were Booted Eagle, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Waxbill, Zitting Cisticola and Hoopoe.

Our visit to the Mouth of the Guadalhorce gave Cattle Egret, Greater Flamingo and Spoonbill before we got to the beach. There was plenty of Sandwich Terns in a heavy sea; further away, the Gannets did spectacular dives. A great Skua came out flying the waves as a real seabird and we saw Sanderlings and Kentish Plovers at the beach.

So strong was our willing to find birds at the beach, that we decided to go across it to the Laguna Grande, but the waves were so big that one of them caught us against the fence of the reserve in the coldest day of the year... With our feet soaking wet, we just stop at the Laguna Grande hide for a quick look that left Black-necked Grebes, a Mediterranean Gull and most of the typical waterfowl, before we went back home for a hot shower.

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Complete list of birds observed:


1 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
2 Blackbird  Turdus merula
3 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
4 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
5 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
6 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
7 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
8 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica
9 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata
10 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
11 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
12 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
13 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
14 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
15 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
16 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
17 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
18 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
19 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
20 Coot  Fulica atra
21 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
22 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
23 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
24 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
25 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
26 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
27 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
28 Gadwall  Anas strepera
29 Gannet  Morus bassanus
30 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
31 Great Skua Stercorarius skua
32 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
33 Great Tit  Parus major
34 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
35 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
36 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
37 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
38 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
39 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
40 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
41 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
42 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
43 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
44 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
45 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
46 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
47 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
48 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
49 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
50 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus
51 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
52 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
53 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
54 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
55 Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
56 Pochard  Aythya ferina
57 Raven  Corvus corax
58 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
59 Redshank  Tringa totanus
60 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
61 Robin Erithacus rubecula
62 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
63 Sanderling  Calidris alba
64 Sandwhich Tern  Sterna sandvicensis
65 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
66 Serin  Serinus serinus
67 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
68 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
69 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
70 Siskin Carduelis spinus
71 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
72 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
73 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
74 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
75 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
76 Teal  Anas crecca
77 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
78 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
79 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
80 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
81 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
82 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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