Birding at Sierra de Las Nieves from the Costa del Sol (Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

A beautiful bird-walking trip across a nature reserve, Biosphere’s Reserve, which will be given the highest possible protection status in Spain next year.

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

While we were waiting for Mr. Eagle Owl, who did not show up today, Blackbird, Red-legged Partridge, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Chaffinch, Sardinian Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Thekla Lark, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Chough and Common Crossbill woke up.

A quick look around the Conejeras recreational area at the entrance to Quejigales, gave us Jay, Sparrowhawk, Blackbird, Griffon Vulture, Stonechat, Thekla Lark, Cirl Bunting, Iberian Grey Shrike, Wood Pigeon, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and Robin.

We could also spot some birds from the car on the way up to Quejigales like Great Tit, Crested Tit, Chaffinch, Robin and Mistle Thrush, that is very common in the area.

Up in Quejigales and on path across the Cañada del Cuerno amongst Spanish Firs, Mistle Thrush again, Goldfinch, Chaffinch (ubiquitous!), Hawfinch, Blackbird, Common Crossbill, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch.

Once at Puerto de Los Pilones, even though it was very windy up there (1.600 m asl!), our first Ring Ouzel, a Dartford Warbler that was almost blown by the wind, another Nuthatch in the Andalusian Oaks, more Chaffinches and... Great, a few Alpine Accentors!

In the way back to Quejigales through the truck, and as we approached the first stands of trees, Linnets, Crested Tit, Firecrest, Green Woodpecker, Robin, Serin, one more Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit, Common Crossbill, some more Ring Ouzels and Mistle Thrushes hiding in the Hawthorns, Short-toed Treecreeper and Greenfinch.

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Complete list of birds observed:

1 Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
2 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
3 Blackbird  Turdus merula
4 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
5 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
6 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
7 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
8 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
9 Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
10 Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus
11 Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
12 Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
13 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
14 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
15 Great Tit  Parus major
16 Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
17 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
18 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
19 Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
20 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
21 Jay Garrulus glandarius
22 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
23 Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
24 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
25 Nuthatch Sitta europaea
26 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
27 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
28 Robin Erithacus rubecula
29 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
30 Serin  Serinus serinus
31 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
32 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
33 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
34 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
35 Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
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