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

Despite spring showed up in a cloudy, cold, windy and, at times, rainy day, we got a good record of 112 birds!

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

The Blackbirds were already singing when the Barn Owl flew across the trail on the way towards the Laguna Grande (Mouth of the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve) before dawn.

There were several Glossy Ibis joining the roost of the Cattle and Little Egrets, and two Spoonbills failed to alight in such busy perches. There are still some Cormorants, Gannets, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Chiffchaffs and Meadow Pipits in the site while the passage of Barn and Red-rumped Swallows and House and Sand Martins is very active, with Pallid Swifts arriving too.

The flocks of Kentish Plovers at the beach are bigger now and we could spot Mediterranean and Audouin’s Gulls. We have had a couple of Spotted Crakes here in the last days and I could find one of them, first time during a Big Day!

The situation has changed at Montes de Malaga in that it was here where we ticked the Booted Eagle and not at the river. Short-toed Eagle and Common Buzzard were also present on the way down from Los Montes.

It was very cold at El Torcal, with only 2ºC. That could be the reason there are still some Ring Ouzels over there and no one of the little warblers we are eagerly waiting for. Nevertheless, the great observations of Rock Buntings and Thekla Larks compensated.

The Laguna de Fuente de Piedra is looking good and it still rained more while at the Laguneto hide. Fantastic views of the Wryneck again. Its mimetic plumage makes it so difficult for the camera to focus on it and get better pictures! The first Reed Warblers have already arrived and we could enjoy a couple of British race Yellow Wagtails. There were Red-crested Pochards, White-headed Ducks, Whiskered Terns and Marsh Harriers at the Laguneto, and the White Storks seem to be trying to nest at the village again. Despite the number of Greater Flamingos is increasing day by day, it was not difficult to spot three Lesser ones among them.

The farmlands look much better with Lesser Kestrels and the elegant Montagu’s Harriers.

The Great Crested Grebes at El Chorro reservoirs made 100 on the list.

After a short visit to the lower valley of the Guadalhorce, I decided to finish the trip by trying to spot my favourite birds, but they did not show up and the day ended with the melancholy calls of the Little Owl at dusk.

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Complete list of birds observed:

1 Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Barn Owl Tyto alba
4 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
5 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula
7 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
8 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
9 Black-headed Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus
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 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
22 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
23 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
24 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
25 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
26 Coot  Fulica atra
27 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
28 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
29 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
30 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
31 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
32 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
33 Dunlin Calidris alpina
34 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
35 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
36 Gadwall  Anas strepera
37 Gannet  Morus bassanus
38 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
39 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
40 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
41 Great Tit  Parus major
42 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
43 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
44 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
45 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
46 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
47 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
48 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
49 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
50 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
51 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
52 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
53 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
54 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
55 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
56 Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor
57 Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
58 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
59 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
60 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
61 Little Owl Athene noctua
62 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
63 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
64 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
65 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
66 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
67 Mediterranean Gull  Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
68 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
69 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
70 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
71 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
72 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
73 Pochard  Aythya ferina
74 Raven  Corvus corax
75 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
76 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
77 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
78 Redshank  Tringa totanus
79 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
80 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
81 Robin Erithacus rubecula
82 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
83 Ruff Calidris pugnax
84 Sand Martin Riparia riparia
85 Sanderling  Calidris alba
86 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
87 Serin  Serinus serinus
88 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
89 Short-toed Eagle  Circaetus gallicus
90 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
91 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
92 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
93 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
94 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
95 Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
96 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
97 Teal  Anas crecca
98 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
99 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
100 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
101 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
102 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
103 Wigeon Anas penelope
104 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
105 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
106 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
107 Woodlark Lullula arborea
108 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
109 Wryneck Jynx torquilla
110 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
111 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
112 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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