Bird watching at the Fuente the Piedra Lake from the Guadalhorce River Valley

My dear Friends Barbara and Derek and I had a wonderful Christmas outing visiting the Valley of the Guadalhorce, Guadalteba farmlands and Fuente de Piedra Lake for a good record of 83 species.

Photo: Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus)

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

The highlight at the Valley were the Great White Egrets and the big amount of Common Buzzards in the area this year.

We have very much enjoyed a big amount of Griffon Vultures at Cerro del Búho.

Later, in the flooded lands before arriving to Campillos, some Glossy Ibis, a couple of Spotted Redshanks and some Little Stints that are not very common out of the passage period.

There was a pair of pintails, a female Garganey and plenty of Great Crested Grebes and White-headed Ducks at Laguna Dulce.

In the farmlands, It was nice to watch some Golden Plovers, Black-winged Kite, an Osprey that soon flew away to the south, possibly heading to the reservoirs, and a flock of Little Bustards flushed by a nice male Marsh Harrier.

The number of Greater Flamingos well exceeds the average at this time of year. We could spot many Cranes around the lake as well, and Bluethroat, Iberian Grey Shrike, Dartford Warbler and Spanish Sparrow in the surroundings of the Visitors Centre.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
2 Blackbird  Turdus merula
3 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
4 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
5 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
6 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
7 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica
8 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
9 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
10 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
11 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
12 Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
13 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
14 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
15 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
16 Coot  Fulica atra
17 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
18 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
19 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
20 Crane  Grus grus
21 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
22 Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
23 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
24 Garganey Anas querquedula
25 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
26 Golden Plover  Pluvialis apricaria
27 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
28 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
29 Great Egret  Ardea alba
30 Great Tit Parus major
31 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
32 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
33 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
34 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
35 Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
36 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
37 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
38 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
39 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
40 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
41 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
42 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
43 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
44 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
45 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
46 Little Bustard  Tetrax tetrax
47 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
48 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
49 Little Stint Calidris minuta
50 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
51 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
52 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
53 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
54 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
55 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
56 Pintail Anas acuta
57 Pochard  Aythya ferina
58 Raven  Corvus corax
59 Red Kite Milvus milvus
60 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
61 Redshank  Tringa totanus
62 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
63 Robin Erithacus rubecula
64 Rock Dove Columba livia
65 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
66 Serin  Serinus serinus
67 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
68 Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
69 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
70 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
71 Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos
72 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
73 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
74 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
75 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
76 Starling Sturnus vulgaris
77 Stone Curlew  Burhinus oedicnemus
78 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
79 Teal  Anas crecca
80 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
81 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
82 Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
83 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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