Birding Big Day around The Route of 100 Birds (2019.05.22)

The long passage of waders that is taking place this year has made it easier to reach 114 different species in our big day!

Photo: Audouin’s Gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii)

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

The temperature was only 11 ºC when I arrived at Montes de Malaga. The Woodlarks were singing like crazy, and I could also hear Red-necked and European Nightjars and Scops Owl before dawn. The highlight at Montes was the presence of at least one Azure-winged Magpie there, well away from their headquarters around Archidona.

We spotted most of the regular gems at El Torcal, with very decent views of a Western Orphean Warbler singing from a hawthorn. There was a Whitethroat, which is not a very common breeding bird in this area, singing and marking his territory on the way down to Antequera. If it is a bird still on passage or it is going to breed here is something we should pay attention to in the coming weeks.

Given that the little pools at the entrance and around the wooden bridge at the Fuente de Piedra Lake Visitors Centre are already dry, I did not spent much time there, ticked the White Stork and Greater Flamingos on the list and went on towards the farmlands, where I saw all our possible larks (Crested, Calandra and Short-toad, plus the Thekla we observed at El Torcal), the Montagu’s Harrier and White-headed Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Glossy Ibis, Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes at Laguna Dulce.

WE stopped at El Chorro for some birds I had missed before, like Alpine Swift, Black Wheatear and Chough.

Our views of Bee-eaters and Little-ringed Plovers were fantastic at the Valley of the Guadalhorce, a good place to find the White Wagtails during the breeding season as well.

The visit to the Mouth of the Guadalhorce rounded off a fantastic day. There were still plenty of waders on passage at Rio Viejo, like Dunlin, Sanderling, Redshank, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Ringed and Grey Plovers along with the resident Kentish Plovers, Black-winged Stilts and Avocets. There were many young Audouin’s Gulls and still a lot of Slender-billed ones which might be showing some willing to breed in the area this year. There was a regular flow of Balearic Shearwaters flying east-west direction and we could spot maybe the last Gannet in the Bay of Malaga.

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Complete list of 114 species observed:

1 Alpine Swift  Apus melba
2 Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii
3 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
4 Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cooki
5 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
6 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
7 Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
8 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
9 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
10 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
11 Blackbird  Turdus merula
12 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
13 Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
14 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
15 Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
16 Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa
17 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
18 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
19 Booted Eagle  Hieraaetus pennatus
20 Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra
21 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
22 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
23 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
24 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
25 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
26 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
27 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
28 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
29 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
30 Coot  Fulica atra
31 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
32 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
33 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
34 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
35 Dunlin Calidris alpina
36 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
37 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
38 Gannet  Morus bassanus
39 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
40 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
41 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
42 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
43 Great Tit  Parus major
44 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
45 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
46 Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarola
47 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
48 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
49 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
50 Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes
51 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
52 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
53 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
54 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
55 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
56 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
57 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
58 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
59 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
60 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
61 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
62 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
63 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
64 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
65 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
66 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
67 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
68 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
69 Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
70 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
71 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
72 Pochard  Aythya ferina
73 Raven  Corvus corax
74 Red-crested Pochard  Netta rufina
75 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
76 Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis
77 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
78 Redshank  Tringa totanus
79 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
80 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
81 Robin Erithacus rubecula
82 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
83 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
84 Sanderling  Calidris alba
85 Sandwich Tern  Thalasseus sandvicensis
86 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
87 Scops Owl Otus scops
88 Serin  Serinus serinus
89 Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna
90 Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla
91 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
92 Shoveler Anas clypeata
93 Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
94 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
95 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
96 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
97 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
98 Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola
99 Swift  Apus apus
100 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
101 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
102 Western Bonelli’s Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli
103 Western Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis
104 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
105 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
106 Whitethroat Sylvia communis
107 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
108 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
109 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
110 Woodlark Lullula arborea
111 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
112 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
113 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
114 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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