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

Fantastic record of 102 species in a very hot “terral” day.

Photo: Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

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

It was still at night at Montes de Malaga when I started to think I would not hear any sound of the night in such a powerful moonlight (after the beautiful eclipse!), when the Scops Owl gave me a few notes...

The morning chorus was not as splendid as in previous months but I could still catch the Bonelli’s Warbler amongst the “invisible” birds.

The breeding season is over at El Torcal as well, so all our little visitors are much more difficult to spot though we could still watch Melodious Warbler, Black-eared Wheatear and a gorgeous male Rock Thrush, this latter doing what is expected of all birds at this time of year: resting in the shade after an exhausting breeding period and a very energy consuming moulting process.

The Fuente de Pieda Lake has lost a lot of water and the Greater Flamingos colony is waiting for the famous “ringing day” in the coming weeks. There is still plenty of Gull-billed Terns around, with many juveniles, some Red-crested Pochards, Isabelline Warblers around the Visitors Centre, White-headed Ducks in the Laguneto. The Laguna Dulce in Campillos is looking very good, with a few hundred Flamingos resting there, a very big population of Black-necked Grebes with juveniles and quite a lot of Glossy Ibis.

Despite we could find a few sitting on the wires, the Bee-eaters have finished breeding and have now dispersed, or even left already at the Valley of the Guadalhorce. Anyway, we could also tick Booted Eagle, egrets, Grey Heron and Grey Wagtail on the list before our last stop at the mouth of the river.

The target at the Guadalhorce was basically waders and seabirds to complete the complement the observations at Fuente de Piedra. Some of the new birds were Kentish Plover (of course!), Audouin’s, Mediterranean and Slender-billed (a bonus!) Gulls, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and Redshank among the “passing” waders, and Scopoli’s Shearwater in a very intense passage westward in front of the sea birds observatory.

That was it when we sat down at the Laguna Grande Hide, where we also ticked Sandwich Tern. I counted the birds out and... Magic, just a hundred! Unbelievable! It was then time to go after a very long and hot day but... What are those big birds in flight over there? It’s a flock of seven Purple Herons! One hundred and one!

And we were about to leave the trail towards the car when a Hoopoe flew past along the bank of the river to make it one hundred and two.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cooki
4 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
5 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
6 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
7 Blackbird  Turdus merula
8 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
9 Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
10 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
11 Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
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 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
20 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
21 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
22 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
23 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
24 Coot  Fulica atra
25 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
26 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
27 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
28 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
29 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
30 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
31 Dunlin Calidris alpina
32 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
33 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
34 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
35 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
36 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
37 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
38 Great Tit  Parus major
39 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
40 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
41 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
42 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
43 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
44 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
45 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
46 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
47 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
48 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
49 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
50 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
51 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
52 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
53 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
54 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
55 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
56 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
57 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
58 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
59 Mediterranean Gull  Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
60 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
61 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
62 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
63 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
64 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
65 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
66 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
67 Pochard  Aythya ferina
68 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
69 Quail Coturnix coturnix
70 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
71 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
72 Redshank  Tringa totanus
73 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
74 Robin Erithacus rubecula
75 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
76 Rock Dove Columba livia
77 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
78 Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
79 Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
80 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
81 Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea diomedea
82 Scops Owl Otus scops
83 Serin  Serinus serinus
84 Short-toed Snake Eagle  Circaetus gallicus
85 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
86 Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
87 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
88 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
89 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
90 Swift  Apus apus
91 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
92 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
93 Western Bonelli’s Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli
94 Western Olivaceous Warbler Iduna opaca
95 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
96 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
97 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
98 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
99 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
100 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
101 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
102 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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