Bird watching at the Mouth of Rio Velez, Maro and La Caleta Harbour (Costa del Sol, malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Another great day with my friend Quirri exploring his birding patch.

Photo: Isabelline Warbler (Iduna opaca)

Have a look at many more pictures and the complete list of 54 species observed below!

With an early morning bird like Quirri, chances are high for nightingales, and we really enjoyed five or six of them at the river on our way to the mouth before dawn.

Once at the mouth, a huge flock of Bee-eaters got up from their roost and the typical birds of the area showed up: Cattle Egrets still resting on the trees, Cetti’s and Reed Warblers, Nightingales, lots of Spotted Flycatchers at this time of year, Zitting Cisticola, Penduline Tits, Kingfisher, Purple Swamphen and Isabelline Warblers.

There were many seagulls at the beach: Audouin’s, Yellow-legged, Mediterranean, Black-headed and the first Lesser Black-baked Gulls. We could also spot Balearic and Scopoli’s Shearwaters in flight over the sea.

We moved on to Maro in search for the White-rumped Swift but we did not success. Anyway, there were lots of Common, Pallid and even a few Alpine ones over there. A Short-toed Snake Eagle was flying over the ridges.

La Caleta Harbour was very quiet and the fishing boats that arrived did not bring many seabirds with them.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Alpine Swift Apus melba
2 Audouin's Gull Ichtyaetus audouinii
3 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
4 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
5 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula
7 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
8 Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
9 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
10 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
11 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
12 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
13 Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
14 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
15 Coot  Fulica atra
16 Crested Lark Galerida cristata
17 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
18 Great Tit  Parus major
19 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
20 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
21 House Martin Delicho urbicum
22 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
23 Isabelline Warbler Iduna opaca
24 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
25 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
26 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
27 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
28 Little owl Athene noctua
29 Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
30 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
31 Mediterranean Gull  Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
32 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
33 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
34 Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
35 Pallid Swift Apus pallidus
36 Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
37 Purple Swamphen  Porphyrio porphyrio
38 Raven Corvus corax
39 Red-legged partridge Alectoris rufa
40 Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis
41 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
42 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
43 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
44 Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
45 Serin  Serinus serinus
46 Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus
47 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
48 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
49 Swift Apus apus
50 Waxbill Sp. Estrilda sp.
51 Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
52 Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
53 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
54 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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