Bird watching at Fuente de Piedra Lake and Guadalteba Farmlands

The Fuente de Piedra Lake and farmlands are looking great this year and we ended the day up with a fantastic list of 70 species recorded.

Photo: White-headed Ducks (Oxyura leucocephala)

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

My friend Richard, an avid Canadian birder, was eager to go out and know one of the most important birding areas in Andalusia after getting excellent grades in his 5-week Spanish course. And Maria José, with Hotel Humaina, had long been waiting to join one of the trips to this amazing Flamingo’s sanctuary. So we enjoyed stunning landscapes and birds in sweet weather and very good company.

We spotted most of the farmland gems like Little Bustard, Calandra Lark and Montagu’s Harrier. The Laguna Dulce de Campillos left nice views of White-headed Ducks, Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes. The number of Greater Flamingos is increasing in the lake and some first of the season, like the Wheatear in the farmlands, Bonelli’s Warbler in the blooming Holm Oaks and Curlew Sandpiper at the ponds of the Visitors Centre show we are in the middle of the spring migration.

We had seen some Griffon Vultures in the distance and a hazy atmosphere in the morning so we stopped in the mountains on the way back to Malaga to try some closer views of them which we really had, plus the songs of the Thekla Larks and a short appearance of the Golden Eagle which came out from behind the ridges, turned over the summit for a moment and vanished after a long dive for our most complete delight.

I have included in the report a few nice pictures that Maria José took during the trip today and has kindly passed me on. Thank you very much, Maria José!

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
2 Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cooki
3 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
4 Black Kite Milvus migrans
5 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
6 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
7 Blackbird Turdus merula
8 Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli
9 Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
10 Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra
11 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
12 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
13 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
14 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
15 Coot  Fulica atra
16 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
17 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
18 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
19 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
20 Gadwall  Anas strepera
21 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
22 Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
23 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
24 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
25 Great Tit Parus major
26 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
27 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
28 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
29 Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus
30 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
31 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
32 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
33 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
34 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
35 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
36 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
37 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
38 Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
39 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
40 Little Bustard  Tetrax tetrax
41 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
42 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
43 Little Stint Calidris minuta
44 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
45 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
46 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
47 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
48 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
49 Pochard  Aythya ferina
50 Raven  Corvus corax
51 Red Kite Milvus milvus
52 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
53 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
54 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
55 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
56 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
57 Serin  Serinus serinus
58 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
59 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
60 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
61 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
62 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
63 Swift  Apus apus
64 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
65 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
66 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
67 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
68 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
69 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
70 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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