Birding Big Day around the Route of 100 Birds, Feb 2018 (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Despite it was still a pretty cold day out at the countryside, we got a good record of 102 species.

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

For those fellow guides that are determined to imitate this fantastic trip I have been doing and offering to my clients for the last two years, after my dear friend Derek Etherton thought of a way to excite a bit of healthy competition between members of the Andalucia Bird Society in every Andalusian province by promoting one day birding outings to try and spot more than 100 different species, I will say the itinerary we followed today was Mouth of the Guadalhorce, Montes de Malaga, Fuente de Piedra Lake, farmlands and El Chorro reservoirs, where I called it a day, as I run out of light on the way back to Malaga city.

Despite the Barn Owl is on my list again today, the first bird of the day this time was the Blackbird as they have already started with their early morning city songs here in the south. The walk around the mouth of the river proved a strong passage of Barn Swallows and House Martins mixed with the local Crag Martins. Our wintering Booted Eagles and Starlings are still around and most of the Cormorants show a fantastic breeding plumage that will soon sport in their northern breeding quarters. The number of Kentish Plovers seems to be higher at the beach and we could also find other interesting birds like Audouin’s and Mediterranean Gulls as well as the common White-headed Ducks and Zitting Cisticolas.

We missed some of the ordinary forest birds at Montes de Malaga but still spotted such interesting birds like Cirl Bunting, Common Crossbill and Short-toed Treecreeper, Siskins are still present and we saw all our tits: Great, Coal, Blue, Crested and Long-tailed.

The population of Greater Flamingos has not increased significantly yet but Black-tailed Godwits are on the move now, it seems as if White Storks will try to nest again in the old chimney and we found the first Yellow Wagtail of the season. There are still many Cranes in the farmlands, the first Lesser Kestrel have already arrived and some water in the Campillos pools hosts nice flocks of Red-crested Pochards.

The Great Crested Grebes are turning into their summer dresses in the reservoirs of El Chorro, and the cliffs around gave us Griffon Vultures, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Doves, Choughs and the wonderful deep hooting of the Eagle Owl.

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Complete list of birds observed:

1 Auydouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Barn Owl Tyto alba
4 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
5 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
6 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
7 Blackbird  Turdus merula
8 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
9 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
10 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
11 Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa
12 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
13 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
14 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
15 Booted Eagle  Hieraaetus pennatus
16 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
17 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
18 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
19 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
20 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
21 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
22 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
23 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
24 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
25 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
26 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
27 Coot  Fulica atra
28 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
29 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
30 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
31 Crane  Grus grus
32 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
33 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
34 Dunlin Calidris alpina
35 Eagle Owl Bubo bubo
36 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
37 Gadwall  Anas strepera
38 Gannet  Morus bassanus
39 Golden Plover  Pluvialis apricaria
40 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
41 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
42 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
43 Great Tit  Parus major
44 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
45 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
46 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
47 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
48 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
49 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
50 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
51 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
52 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
53 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
54 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
55 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
56 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
57 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
58 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
59 Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
60 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
61 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
62 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
63 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
64 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
65 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
66 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
67 Mediterranean Gull  Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
68 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
69 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
70 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
71 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
72 Pochard  Aythya ferina
73 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
74 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
75 Redshank  Tringa totanus
76 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
77 Robin Erithacus rubecula
78 Rock Dove Columba livia
79 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
80 Sanderling  Calidris alba
81 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
82 Serin  Serinus serinus
83 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
84 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
85 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
86 Siskin Spinus spinus
87 Skylark  Alauda arvensis
88 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
89 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
90 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
91 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
92 Starling Sturnus vulgaris
93 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
94 Teal  Anas crecca
95 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
96 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
97 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
98 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
99 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
100 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
101 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
102 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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