Birdwatching in Andalucía
(Spain)

 


April 01 – 11, 2006

Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Introduction

From April 01 – 11, 2006 I spent 11 days in Andalucía for birdwatching. In the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz I visited several places at the coast and in the inland, which are known for their interesting bird life.

Itinerary
April 01, 2006: Direct flight from Berlin-Schönefeld to Málaga with Easy Jet. Arrival at Málaga Airport at 20:00. Take-over of a rented car  and search for an overnight accommodation. At the end I stayed  a night in the Hotel Las Palomas in Torremolinos.
April 02, 2006: Drive from Torremolinos on the road N-340 to the mouth of the River Guadalhorce (Paraje natural Desembocadura del Río Guadalhorce) near Málaga. Birdwatching in this area with a very rich diversity of bird species (12:15-15:30). Thereafter drive on the N-340 to
the mouth of the Río Velez into the Mediteranean Sea near Velez-Málaga and birdwatching in this area (17:05-18:00). Then via N-340 and N-341 to Antequera. Accommodation for the next three nights in the Parador Antequera.
April 03, 2006: Drive from Antequera on the autovia A-92 to the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, a lake known for its very large breeding colony of Greater Flamingos.
April 04, 2006: Drive once again to the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. After birdwatching drive to the Laguna Dolce, the Laguna Salada, and the Laguna Redonda near Campillos, thereafter continuation to the reservoirs of Guadalhorce,  Guadalteba, and Del Conde de Guadalhorce (Embalses del Guadalhorce).
April 05, 2006: Drive from Antequera first to the Nature Reserve El Torcal and thereafter to El Chorro, the Ruinas de Bobastro, and again to the Embalses de Guadalhorce. Overnight accommmodation in the Hotel Posada del Conde.
April 06, 2006: Coming from  Ardales on the A-357 I crossed the Embalse de Guadalteba and followed the C-341 to the gorge of the Río Venta. Birdwatching in this area (13:30 - 16:00). Continuation on the A-367 to Ronda and Birdwatcing at the Puente Nuevo in the centre of this town. Overnight accommmodation in the Hotel Tajo.
April 07, 2006: In the morning again Birdwatching at the Puente Nuevo (10:00 - 11:30), then drive through the Serranía de Ronda with birdwatching in the mountainous surroundings of Alpandeire (13:00 - 17:30). Continuation on A-369 and N-340 to Algeciras and Tarifa. Overnight accommmodation in the very expensive Hotel Dos Mares at kilometre 82 of the N-340.
April 08, 2006: In the morning move to the Hotel La Peña at kilometre 78,5 at the N-340. There I stayed the next three nights. Drive on the CA-P2214 and CA-P2213 to the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Luz and the Embalse de Almodóvar.
April 09, 2006: Birdwatching in the
quarry of Montenmedio near Tahavilla (11:30-12:30), in the surroundings of Bolonia (Sierra de La Plata, Loma de San Bartolomé, 13:00 - 14:30), and
at the Playa de Los Lances near Tarifa (16:45-19:30).
April 10, 2006: Birdwatching again in the surroundings of Bolonia (10:30 - 13:30), in La Janda (14:25 - 16:35), in the Marismas de Barbate (16:35 - 17:15), and at the lighthouse of Trafalgar 18:05 - 18:50).
April 11, 2006: Birdwatching at the Street of Gibraltar from the Punto de Bolonia (11:30 - 11:40), from the Observatorio Ombligo de San Francisco (12:00 - 12:20), and from the Mirador del Estrecho de Gibraltar (
12:40-13:45). Continuation on the N-340 to the Desembocadura del Río Guadalhorce near Málaga and birdwatching in this area (16:15 - 18:00). Thereafter return to the Airport of Málaga and direct flight back to Berlin-Schönefeld with Easy Jet.

Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken by a Canon EOS 20D in combination with a telescope Swarovski AT 80 HD (digiscoping) or with the tele lens Canon EF 100-400 mm, f/4.5-5.6L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II (telephotography).

Field guides and other ornithological literature used
Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book corresponds to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
J. A. Montero y colaboradores, Dónde ver aves in España. Los 100 mejores lugares, Lynx editions, Bellaterra y SEO/ Birdlife 2005, ISBN 978-84-87334-85-6
Ernest Garcia, Andrew Paterson, Where to watch birds in Southern Spain, Andalucía, Extremadura and Gibraltar, Christopher Helm (Publishers) Ltd, London 1994, ISBN 0-7136-3859-1
John R. Butler, Birdwatching on Spain's Southern Coast, Editiones Santana S.L., Fuengirola (Málaga) 2001, ISBN 84-89954-20-8

Maps for the orientation in the area
Andalusien
, Costa del Sol, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Marco Polo, Scale 1 : 200 000, ISBN-3-89525-232-8
Costa de la Luz, Westliches Andalusien, ADAC Urlaubskarte, Scale 1 : 250 000, ISBN 3-8264-1257-5

Links to Birding in Andalucía
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/spain_andalucia.html


Excursions

02.04.2006, 09:00-10:30
Torremolinos, Hotel Las Palomas, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)

15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Las Palomas.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
15 (at least), flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling, also seen.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, on a lawn.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
4, on roofs, one of them with nesting material.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), on the street and in the garden of the hotel.

02.04.2006, 10:45
Málaga, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
In the Calle Villanueva del Rosario at the western edge of the city of Málaga the following bird species were observed:
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
4, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, in the street.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, calling and singing.

02.04.2006, 12:15-15:30
Desembocadura del Río Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
27 °C, sunny.
The following 40 bird species were observed in the nature reserve at the mouth of the River Guadalhorce and the surroundings. To reach this area from Málaga on the autovia A-7 one leaves at the exit Guadalmar immediately past the bridge over the river. Then one follows the road through the residential area to the beach.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
35, 25 of them flying, 10 swimming or roosting in the nature reserve.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
15, roosting on trees at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
19.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
13, roosting on trees at the water's edge.
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus, Sichler):
1, roosting in shallow water.
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
2, roosting at the water's edge.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
4 last year's birds, feeding in shallow water.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
4 (3,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
7 (5,2), swimming or at the water's edge..
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
2 females, swimming.
White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala, Weißkopf-Ruderente):
5, swimming.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, circling over the wetland. With white patch on the base of the leading edge of the wing and pale panel across inner upperwing.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 male, on a roof.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
1, at the edge of a reedbed.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
3, swimming on the river.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
8, swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
25, in shallow water or roistering on sands.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
1, in shallow water.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
7, with the characteristic yellow eye-ring.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
7, one of them with coloured rings: right side one yellow ring, left side two green rings.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
2, in shallow water, with black bellies.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, roosting in shallow water.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, at the water's edge.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
20 ad., among a great number of Yellow-legged Gulls and unidentified sub-adult gulls.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
500 (at least), swimming on the sea.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
12 (at least), plunge-diving near the beach.
Razorbill (Alca torda, Tordalk):
5, swimming on the sea.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling, also seen.
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monáchus, Mönchssittich):
10 (at least), flying. One of them feeding on a lantern on a head of a thistle.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
5, at the beach.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
15 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
17, on the beach.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
4, singing.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
4, 3 of them drinking at the edge of the river.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), at the street.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, on the path.

IMG 5984, IMG 5975, IMG 5978, IMG 5982, IMG 5987, IMG 5988, IMG 5989, IMG 5991, and IMG 5997
Nature Reserve Desembocadura del Guadalhorce near Guadelmar
, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(02.04.2006)

02.04.2006, 17:05-18:00
Desembocadura del Río Velez, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
27 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the western bank of the Río Velez near the mouth.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
6, in shallow water of the river.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
2, swimming.
Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola, Rotflügel-Brachschwalbe):
3, flying, over the riverbed.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, on sands with characteristic yellow legs.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
3, on sands.
Sanderling (Calídris alba, Sanderling):
5, on sands.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
3, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
500, swimming on the sea.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4 (at least), flying.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2 (at least), singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on a fence.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20, in a cabbage field.

IMG 6003
Río Velez near the mouth into the Mediterranean Sea, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(02.04.2006)

02.04.2006, 19:00
Antequera, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
In the surroundings of the Parador Antequera the following bird species were observed. – In the course of the first day 50 bird species were registered.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4, calling, also seen.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.

03.04.2006, 10:00
Antequera, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, hazy.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Parador Antequera.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
8, in front of the parador (hotel).
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, at the swimming pool.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, in the garden.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
6, in the garden.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1, in the garden.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
3 (at least), calling or singing.

03.04.2006, 12:30-17:30
Fuente de Piedra, Laguna, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
23 – 25 °C, hazy, later sunny.
Coming from Antequera I left the autovía A-92 at kilometre 132 (exit Fuente de Piedra). I crossed the town and followed the signs to the lagoon. – The following 28 bird species were observed at the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
10, 5 of them flying, 5 at the water's edge.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
3, in the shallow water of the lagoon.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, in the shallow water of the lagoon.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
1000 (at least), in shallow water of the lagoon.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
8, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
17, 15 of them flying.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
2, running from farmland into a nearby olive grove.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
5, feeding in shallow water.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
2, flying.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
15, flying.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
20 (at least), at the water's edge.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
4
, flying.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
50 (at least), at the water's edge.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
20 (at least), at the water's edge, with black bellies.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200 (at least), swimming, flying or roosting.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1000 (at least), mostly juveniles, swimming.
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochélidon nilótica, Lachseeschwalbe):
40 (at least), roosting at the water's edge or flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2 (at least), on farmland.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
1 male, at the car park.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the water's edge.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a fence.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing, in a reedbed.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
3, calling, in the vegetation of the bank.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), at the visitor's centre and on farmland.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
4, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, singing.

IMG 6054
Greater Flamingos in the shallow water of the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(03.04.2006)

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Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(03.04.2006)

03.04.2006, 17:30-18:15
Fuente de Piedra, Mirador del Laguneto, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
23 – 25 °C, sunny.
At the western side of the visitor's centre of the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra is a viewpoint, from where a small lake with many birds could be scanned. There the following species were registered. – At the end of the second day 63 bird species were observed.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, at the water's edge.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
8, swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
6, swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
32, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
5, at the water's edge.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1, at the water's edge.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
10, in shallow water.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
16, in shallow water.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
2
, at the water's edge.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
40, in shallow water. The males not yet in breeding plumage.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
4, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200 (at least), at the water's edge.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
1 ad. (at least).
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), mostly sub-adults.
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochélidon nilótica, Lachseeschwalbe):
15, roosting at the water's edge.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the water's edge.
Hare (Lepus europáeus, Hase):
3, on grassland, with upright long ears.

IMG 6113, IMG 6117, and IMG 6118
View from the Mirador del Laguneto, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(03.04.2006)

04.04.2006, 10:45
Fuente de Piedra, Mirador de Vicaria, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
19 °C, fair.
In the surroundings of the Mirador de Vicaria at the eastside of the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra the following bird species were observed. Aquatic birds already registered yesterday were not mentioned once again, except the Greater Flamingos. This species was concentrated in a large breeding colony, which I did not recognize yesterday from the south bank of the lagoon.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
20000 or more. An uncountable number of flamingos was already breading on an island in the northern part of the lagoon.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, on farmland.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, one of them calling. An other lark rose up to great height like a Skylark. However, when this bird came back to the ground, it was identified as Crested Lark.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male with food.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
3, circling over the olive groves.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
50, on grassland.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing on a fence.

IMG 6148, IMG 6146, and IMG 6144,
The breeding colony of Greater Flamingos in the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(04.04.2006)

04.04.2006, 13:20-14:15
Campillos, Laguna Dulce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
24 °C, sunny.
Coming on the road A-382 from Los Llanos de Antequera (exit at km 146 of the A-92) I reached the Laguna Dulce about 2 km east of Campillos at km 140. There is a hide and a car park directly at the A-382. Unfortunately, the lagoon was entirely dry. The following bird species were registered in the area of the lagoon.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
4 (3,1), hunting over farmland.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
4, at the car park.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, singing, in shrubs.

IMG 6165 and IMG 6166
Laguna Dulce near Campillos, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(04.04.2006)

04.04.2006, 14:45-16:20
Campillos, Laguna Salada, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were seen from the northern side of the Laguna Salada, which I first reached by a wrong access directly from the A-357. Thereafter I found also the access from the southern side from a road, which comes from Campillos and passes under the A-357.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
24, feeding in shallow water.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
1, feeding in shallow water.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
3, on sands at the water's edge.
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochélidon nilótica, Lachseeschwalbe):
17, roosting on sands at the water's edge. The black bill has no yellow tip and only the half length of the black cap. – First personal observation.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20, first at farmland, later at the shore of the lagoon.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10, flying.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1, in a shrub.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, singing.

 

IMG 6168 and IMG 6176
Laguna Salada, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(04.04.2006)

04.04.2006, 17:00-17:15
Campillos, Laguna Redonda, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
24 °C, sunny.
The Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural) Laguna Redonda was completely dry. In the area the following bird species were registered.
Southern Grey Shrike (Lánius meridionális, Mittelmeer-Raubwürger):
1, in a shrub.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing, also seen.

IMG 6180
The dried-up Laguna Redonda, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(04.04.2006)

04.04.2006, 17:40
Embalse de Guadalhorce, northern side, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
24 °C, sunny.
The second order road from Campillos via Laguna Salada, Laguna Redonda and Laguna Capacete (which was also dry) reaches the northern side of the Embalse de Guadalhorce and later the dams, where the reservoirs Embalse del Guadalhorce, Embalse del Guadalteba, and Embalse del Conde del Guadalhorce join.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
3, swimming on the reservoir.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
9, roosting at the water's edge.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2 (1,1), roosting at the water's edge.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20, swimming on the reservoir.
Coal Tit (Parus ater, Tannenmeise):
1, singing in the pinewood.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, calling.

IMG 6184
The Embalse del Guadalhorce seen from the North, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(04.04.2006)

04.04.2006, 18:00-18:25
Embalse del Conde del Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
24 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the area of the dams of the three great reservoirs. – In three days 70 bird species were observed.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
6, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
4.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, 1 of them calling, 1 singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, calling.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2.

IMG 6191
Scheme of the reservoirs of the River Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(04.04.2006)

05.04.2006, 09:00-10:00
Antequera, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
16 °C, fair.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, perching on a post with a caught Common Swift. There the falcon plucked and gorged its prey.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
8 (at least), at the parador.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
5 (at least), flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling, near Antequera Golf outside the town.

05.04.2006, 12:10-13:50
El Torcal, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
In the karstic landscape of El Torcal the following bird species were observed.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, flying west of El Torcal (already at 11:30).
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
5 males, on the rocks.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3 (at least), singing, also seen.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, on a rock
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, in a shrub.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, in a shrub.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
6 (at least), in shrubs or on rocks.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
4 (at least), in shrubs.

IMG 6196, IMG 6197, and IMG 6198
El Torcal, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(05.04.2006)

05.04.2006, 15:15
El Chorro, railway station, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the railway station El Chorro and the nearby River Guadalhorce.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
3, at the water's edge.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing, also seen.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20, near houses.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1 male, on a tree.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, calling.

IMG 6211 and  IMG 6212
El Chorro and the dam at the end of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanos, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(05.04.2006)

05.04.2006, 16:20-17:20
Ruinas de Bobastro, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Ruinas de Bobastro.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, flying in great altitude.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20 (at least), flying. It could not be excluded, that there were also Alpine Swifts.
Thekla Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, singing at the ground, but later also perched on a sign (photos).
 
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe): 1, flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
1, flying. The diagnostic red bill could be recognized.

IMG 6199 and IMG 6200
View from the Ruinas de Bobastro into the valley of the Río Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(05.04.2006)

05.04.2006, 18:40
Presa del Conde del Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, fair.
During a walk from the Hotel Posada del Conde into the pinewood along the River Guadalhorce the following bird species were observed. At the end of the 4th day 78 bird species were registered.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, circling in great height. The brown head and the brown breast as well as the very pale and loosely barred flight and tail feathers could be well recognized.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, circling in great height.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), in the vicinity of houses.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
100 (at least), flying, in great height.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on the road.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3 (at least), singing.
Coal Tit (Parus ater, Tannenmeise):
2, 1 seen at the hotel, 1 singing.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least).
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
3, singing.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.

IMG 6219
The hotel Posada del Conde at the Presa del Conde del Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(05.04.2006)

06.04.2006, 08:00
Presa del Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
15 °C, fair to cloudy.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Posada del Conde at the Presa del Conde del Guadalhorce.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube): 2, calling.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

06.04.2006, 09:45-11:05
Ruinas de Bobastro, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
15 °C, fair to cloudy.
I drove once more to the Ruinas de Bobastro in order to see the rise up of the vultures with the thermal in the morning. The following bird species were observed.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
7, circling in the thermal over the ridge (10.40 a. m.). The first of them was observed at 10.30 a. m.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
1, near a restaurant.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, roosting on a pine.
Alpine Swift (Apus melba, Alpensegler):
100 (at least), flying. The white bellies could be well recognized.
Thekla Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, singing, on the ground (photos).
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
2, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 female, with food.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe hispánica, Maurensteinschmätzer):
1 female, on a fence, later in a shrub (photos).
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, in a shrub.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
5, flying. The red bill could be recognized.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, calling in flight.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
7, flying or in shrubs.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
6, flying.

06.04.2006, 12:30-13:15
A-357, Embalse del Guadalteba, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
23 °C, fair to cloudy.
Coming on the A-357 from Ardeles I stopped after passing the bridge over the Embalse del Guadalteba. From the road side the following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the only partly filled Embalse del Guadalteba.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
7, swimming.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, in shallow water.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, soaring over the ridge.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10, flying over grassland.

IMG 6236
The western part of the Embalse del Guadalteba, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(06.04.2006)

06.04.2006, 13:30
Tajo de Torró, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
23 °C, fair to cloudy.
I stopped at the road C-341 100 m before the bridge over the Río de la Venta. Then I hiked upstream through the impressive gorge for about 1000 m. – The following bird species could be registered.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, flying off from the river bed.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
2, flying over the gorge.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, flying over the gorge.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying along the gorge.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, flying over the gorge.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
25 (at least), flying or roosting in the rock faces.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
6, on a powerline along the road.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
1, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying along the gorge.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
2, singing.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
10 (at least), on rocks or flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, singing.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
6 (at least), flying in the gorge.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
2, among the Choughs. They were smaller and characterized by their typical calls.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing, near the road.

IMG 6256 and IMG 6243
Tajo del Torró (the gorge of the Río Venta), Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(06.04.2006)

06.04.2006, 15:45
Río del Venta, south of the C-341, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
South of the C-341 the Río del Venta flows through a valley with dense vegetation. The following bird species were observed in the area up to 1000 m south of the road C-341.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, singing or flying.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing in a reedbed.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, in a shrub.
Southern Grey Shrike (Lánius meridionális, Mittelmeer-Raubwürger):
2, on a powerline.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
4, flying.

06.04.2006, 18:30-19:00
Ronda, Puente Nuevo, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, mostly overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the impressive Puente Nuevo. – After 5 days 88 bird species were registered.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least), flying in the gorge.
Alpine Swift (Apus melba, Alpensegler):
4 (at least), flying in the gorge. Breeding in holes of the Felsenschwalbe 4, flying in the gorge.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
50 (at least), flying in the gorge or roosting on the walls or on roofs.

IMG 6257 and IMG 6291
Ronda, view from the Puente Nuevo, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(06.04.2006)

07.04.2006, 10:00-11:30
Ronda, Puente Nuevo, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, overcast.
I walked once more to the Puente Nuevo in order to take photos of Choughs and Little Kestrels.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
6 (at least), roosting on the rock faces or flying in the gorge (photos).
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
6 (at least), roosting on the rock faces or flying in the gorge (photos).

07.04.2006, 12:30-12:45
Mirador El Pino, A-369, km 3, near Ronda, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, overcast to fair.
At km 3 of the road A 369 from Ronda to Algeciras I stopped at the Mirador El Pino. From there the following bird species were observed.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
10 (at least)), soaring in the thermal.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
5, soaring in the thermal.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling. – First observation in this year.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
15, flying.

IMG 6430 and IMG 6432
View from the Mirador El Pino, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(07.04.2006)

07.04.2006, 13:05-14:45
Alpandeire, MA-515, km 4,1, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, fair.
At kilometre 9.7 of the road A-369 (Ronda–Algeciras) I turned left to the MA-515. After 4.1 km I parked the car beside the road at an almond plantation and hiked about 2000 m on a track, which led to the left hand into the mountains. – The following bird species could be observed on the rocky grassland and on the rock faces.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
11, circling in the mountainous area.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
1, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
25, flying northwards.
Crested or Thekla Lark (Galerída cristáta or theklae, Hauben- oder Theklalerche):
3, on rocky grassland.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe hispánica, Maurensteinschmätzer):
2 males, on the top of rocks (photos of one of the birds).
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura, Trauersteinschmätzer):
2, on the top of a rocks.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, on a rock.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
1, singing, also seen, in a shrub.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, at the almond plantation.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
20, on the track and on rocky grassland.
Rock Bunting (Emberíza cia, Zippammer):
2, on rocky grassland. Buntings with three characteristic dark stripes at the head and ash-grey throat and breast. – First personal observation.

IMG 6437 and IMG 6439
In the Serranía de Ronda near Alpandeire, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(07.04.2006)

07.04.2006, 14:55-15:30
Alpandeire, MA-515, km 7.2, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
At km 7.2 of the road Ma-515 I stopped again and inspected the slope, the olive grove, and the valley in the surroundings of a small stone bridge above Alpandeire. The following bird species were observed.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
2, flying.
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura, Trauersteinschmätzer):
1, on rocks of the slope.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
4, on rocks of the slope.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.

IMG 6444 and IMG 6445
In the Serranía de Ronda near Alpandeire, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(07.04.2006)

07.04.2006, 15:40-15:55
Alpandeire, Fray Leopoldo Memorial Garden, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
At the exit of Alpandeire on the road MA-516 to Faraján is a small memorial garden with a statue of Fray Leopoldo, a monk, born in Alpandeire. – From this place the following bird species were observed.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
25, calling in flight.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
2, in shrubs.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 6448 and IMG 6446
Alpandeire in the Serranía de Ronda, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(07.04.2006)

07.04.2006, 16:05-16:35
Alpandeire – Faraján, MA-516, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
On the drive from Alpandeire to Faraján on the road MA-516 I stopped about 1000 m past Alpandeire and walked into an area covered by cork-oak, olives, and pines. There the following bird species were observed.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
2, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
2, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
2, calling.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.

IMG 6451 and IMG 6452
Mountainous area in the Serranía de Ronda near Alpandeire, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(07.04.2006)

07.04.2006, 17:30
Cartajima, MA-519, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
From Alpandeire and Faraján I crossed Júzcar and Cartajima. About 1000 m past Cartajima inspected the slopes and the rocky grassland. The following bird species were observed.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a power line.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1, singing.

08.04.2006, 09:45
Hotel Dos Mares, N-340, km 80, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
19 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Dos Mares.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, at the beach.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
100 (at least), in the surroundings of the hotel.

IMG 6459
Hotel Dos Mares near Tarifa, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(08.04.2006)

08.04.2006, 11:15
Hotel La Peña, N-340, km 78, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
19 °C, sunny.
From the Estación Ornitológica de Tarifa, which was situated at kilometre 78.5 of the N-340 near the Hotel La Peña, the following bird species were observed.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
30, at 11.15 very fast rising up in the thermal.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
4, sitting in a reedbed.

IMG 6461
Estación ornitológica de Tarifa, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(08.04.2006)

08.04.2006, 12:10-15:00
Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Luz. This place was reached after 4.5 km by turning northwards at kilometre 81,3 of the N-340.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, hovering over grassland.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
10 (at least).
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
3, outside the sanctuary on fences or shrubs (photos).
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
100 (at least).
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
5, singing in eucalyptus trees.
Turtle (species? Wasserschildkröte):
3, at the edge of a small water hole (photos).

IMG 6649
Santuario de la Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(08.04.2006)

08.04.2006, 16:15-16:35
CA-2213, road to the Embalse de Almodóvar, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, sunny.
Between kilometre 8 and 9 of the road CA-2213 I stopped and walked about 1000 m on an untarmacked road into the valley of a small stream. In the particularly rocky area with scattered trees and scrubs the following bird species were observed.

Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier): 16, rising up from low level to great altitude.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
3, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, singing and calling.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.

08.04.2006, 17:10-17:50
Embalse de Almodóvar, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Embalse de Almodóvar.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
1, an aberrant bird, together with Mallards.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
105, at the water's edge.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, at the water's edge.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2, on a fence.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe hispánica, Maurensteinschmätzer):
1, on grassland.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
5, on grassland.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, on grassland.

IMG 6665
Embalse de Almodóvar, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(08.04.2006)

09.04.2006, 09:50
Hotel La Peña, N-340, km 78, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the garden of the Hotel La Peña.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.

IMG 6464 and IMG 6667
Hotel La Peña near Tarifa, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(08./09.04.2006)

09.04.2006, 11:30-12:30
Quarry of Montenmedio, N-340, km 43, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, overcast, later fair.
Under the guidance of the experienced Spanish ornithologist Salvador Solís from the Estación Ornitológica Cigüeña Negra I reached the abandoned quarry of Montenmedio at km 43 at the northern side of the N-340. At present, work was ongoing to refill the quarry within the next nine month, despite the fact that there were reasonable breeding colonies of Kestrels, Little Kestrels, and Jackdaws in the more than 50 m high walls of the quarry. – The following bird species were observed in this endangered area.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
10 (at least), nesting at the southern wall of the quarry.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
8 (at least), nesting in holes in the western wall of the quarry.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
5 (at least), on the bottom and on the walls of the quarry.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, at a hole in the eastern wall of the quarry.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, shrubs of the quarry.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
30 (at least), nesting in all walls of the quarry.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), nesting in the walls of the quarry.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, singing.
Rabbit (Oryctólagus cunículus, Wildkaninchen):
1, in the quarry.

 

IMG 6672, IMG 6673, IMG 6678
The Quarry of Montenmedio near Tahavilla, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(09.04.2006)

09.04.2006, 13:00-13:20
Sierra de La Plata (near Bolonia), Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
24 °C, fair.
From the road N-340 we followed the road CA-2216 to Bolonia, passed the observation point for bird migration of Bolonia (Punto de Bolonia) and continued to the Sierra de la Plata. – There the following bird species were observed.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
5, migrating.
Sparrowhawk (Accípiter nisus, Sperber):
1
, migrating.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
4, two of them breeding on nests in slopes.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, flying.
Little Swift (Apus affínis, Haussegler):
2, flying in the surroundings of a great hole in the slope of a high rock face at kilometre 12 of the road CA-2216. This species is characterized by a square-cut, unforked tail and broad white patch on the rump. – First personal observation.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
4 (at least), flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2, on a power line.
Subalpine Warbler (Sýlvia cántilans, Weißbart-Grasmücke): 1, singing in a shrub (identified by Salvador Solís).

IMG 6683 and IMG 6686
Rock face in the Sierra de La Plata, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(09.04.2006)

09.04.2006, 13:30-14:30
Loma de San Bartolomé, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
24 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on rocky grassland with shrubs on the slopes of the Loma de San Bartolomé.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, perching on a tree.
Thekla Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, on rocky grassland (identified by Salvador Solís).
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campéstris, Brachpieper):
1, a large, slim pipit with sandy-coloured (light) plumage. – First personal observation.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing, one also seen.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2, on a fence.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe hispánica, Maurensteinschmätzer):
1 male, on rocky grassland.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
3, on a fence.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, on a fence.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, singing.

09.04.2006, 16:45-19:30
Playa de los Lances, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
22 – 19 °C, fair.
I reached the Nature Reserve (Paraje Natural) Playa de los Lances from the N-340 at km 81,5 300 m before the bridge over the Río Jara. I parked the car at the car park and walked through the pine wood and the grassland. Back I walked along the beach. – The following 24 bird species were observed.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying over grassland.
Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola, Rotflügel-Brachschwalbe):
3, on sands.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
6, on sands near the river (yellow legs).
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
10, on sands and on the beach.
Sanderling (Calídris alba, Sanderling):
30 (at least), at the sandy riverbank or on the beach.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20, roosting in the sandy riverbed.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
5 (3 adults and 2 subadults), roosting in the sandy riverbed.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
50 (at least), mostly in the pine wood.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, in the dunes.
Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla, Kurzzehenlerche):
9, on grassland, a rather small and pale lark.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campéstris, Brachpieper):
1, on grassland.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
1 male, on grassland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, on sands.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
4, on a fence or on shrubs.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
2, one male with grey crown and upperparts and one female with grey-brown crown and upperparts. Both sexes with buff-coloured throats.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), 10 of them at the river bank, 10 on grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
3, calling, in the pine wood.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
9, 3 in the pine wood, 6 on grassland.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
8, on grassland.


IMG 6696, IMG 6697, IMG 6699, and IMG 6701
Playa de Los Lances near Tarifa, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(09.04.2006)

IMG 6704
Scheme of the Paraje Natural Playa de Los Lances near Tarifa, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(09.04.2006)

10.04.2006, 08:00-09:45
Hotel La Peña, N-340, km 78, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel La Peña.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
3, on a meadow.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, at a nest in the gateway.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
4, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, in the garden.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, in the garden.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.

10.04.2006, 10:30-13:00
Sierra de La Plata (near Bolonia), Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, overcast to fair..
From the road N-340 I turned left at km 71 to Bolonia (road CA-2216). At km 9 this road became worse. At km 11 I had a massive rock face at the right side of the road, at km 12 at the left side. In these two rock faces the following bird species could be observed.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, flying.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
1, landing in the rock face and disappearing on a nest, which could not be seen from the road.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
5 ad., 2 of them breeding on nests visible from the road. In both nests were chicken. They could be recognized, when the partners came to feed the chicken. – There was one chicken in each nest.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, flying and calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20, over the rock faces.
Little Swift (Apus affínis, Haussegler):
2, flying, at the rock face at km 12. From time to time the birds flew together with House Martins into a great hole in the rock face.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, calling and drumming.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10, flying, at the rock face.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2, on stones.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, flying.

10.04.2006, 13:30
Loma de San Bartolomé, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
On the drive on the road CA-2216 back to the N-340 I turned right into a small side road about 200 m past the Observatorio de Bolonia, a point for watching the bird migration between km 2 and 3 of the CA-2216. South of this side road there was rocky grassland, where Rufous Bush Robins (Cercotrichas galactotes) could be expected. – From this road the following bird species were observed.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, circling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2 (1,1), with food.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10, on grassland.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, on a fence.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing.

IMG 6775 and 6778
Loma de San Bartolomé and surroundings, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(10.04.2006)

10.04.2006, 14:25-16:35
La Janda, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
25 °C, fair to sunny.
Coming from Bolonia on the N-340 I turned right into a side road at kilometre 57, opposite to the junction of the Zahara-Barbate road A-2227. After about 1000 m I parked the car at the Canal Colector del Este (Eastern Main Channel) and walked along this channel about 2000 m in north-western direction. – The following 21 bird species were observed on grass- and farmland at both sides of the channel.
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticórax nycticórax, Nachtreiher):
1 ad., flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, on grassland.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
12, among cattle at the channel.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
8, flying or on grassland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
41, 11 swimming on the channel, 30 flying off from a pond.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
8, circling in the thermal over the grassland.
Pheasant (Phasiánus cólchicus, Fasan):
2, on grassland or on the track.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
1, in reed of the channel.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola, Rotflügel-Brachschwalbe):
58, 50 of them circling over farmland, 8 circling nearby over grassland.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, flying.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
4, at least, 3 of them on grassland, 1 singing in song light. White edge and black underside of the wings are characteristic for this species.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
3, 2 of them with coloured rings.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2, singing in a reedbed.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, with food on a fence.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
6, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
3, near an abandoned farm.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
3, on thistles.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, singing.

IMG 9795 and IMG 6798
At the main channel of La Janda, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(10.04.2006)

10.04.2006, 16:35-17:15
Barbate, Marismas de Barbate, Andalucía (Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
After my excursion in the grass- and farmland of La Janda I drove along the roads A-2227 and A-2231 to Barbate. From the bridge over the Río Barbate the following bird species were observed in the wetland.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
6, in shallow water.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
2 ad., swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 ad., swimming.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
10 (at least), flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.

IMG 6802
Marismas de Barbate, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(10.04.2006)

10.04.2006, 18:05-18:50
Cabo de Trafalgar, Andalucía (Spain)
24 °C, sunny.
From Barbate I followed the road to Los Caños de Meca and then to Cabo de Trafalgar. At the lagoon in the dunes I did not meet the expected Audouin's Gulls, therefore I went to the lighthouse an did some seawatching. – The following bird species were observed from the lighthouse.
Northern Gannet (Sula bassána, Baßtölpel):
3 subadults, flying northwards.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, at the edge of the lagoon.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
2, at the edge of the lagoon.
Sanderling (Calídris alba, Sanderling):
10, 8 of them at the beach, 2 at the edge of the lagoon.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
3, flying southwards along the coastline.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
4, at the lighthouse.

IMG 6806 and IMG 6813
The surroundings of the lighthouse at the Cabo de Trafalgar, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(10.04.2006)

IMG 6809
Information on the battle of Trafalgar (1805) displayed at the lighthouse, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(10.04.2006)

11.04.2006, 08:00-10:00
Hotel La Peña, N-340, km 78, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel La Peña.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, in the garden.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.

11.04.2006, 11:30-11:40
Punto de Bolonia, road CA-2216, km 2.8, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair, strong easterly wind.
There was no bird migration to observe from the Punto de Bolonia. The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the point.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, circling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, in song flight.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least).

11.04.2006, 12:00-12:20
Observatorio Ombligo de San Francisco, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair, strong easterly wind.
There was no bird migration to observe from the Observatorio Ombligo de San Francisco. This point for watching the bird migration at the Street of Gibraltar is situated at the beach and can be reached from the N-340 by turning to the south at km 77. – The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the point.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, in a shrub.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10.

IMG 6817 and IMG 6822
The Atlantic coast at the Observatorio Ombligo de San Francisco, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(11.04.2006)

11.04.2006, 12:40-13:45
Tarifa, Mirador del Estrecho de Gibraltar, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, overcast, strong easterly wind.
This point can be easily reached by turning off from the N-340 at km 90. The wind was strong and the visibility was bad. The Moroccan coast could not be seen. There was only an insignificant bird migration.
Sparrowhawk (Accípiter nisus, Sperber):
3
, arriving from North Africa.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, in shrubs.

IMG 6823 and IMG 6825
Surroundings of the Mirador del Estrecho de Gibraltar, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(11.04.2006)

11.04.2006, 16:15-18:00
Desembocadura del Río Guadalhorce, Provincia Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, fair.
The following 23 bird species were observed in the Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
3.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, at the water's edge.
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, Heiliger Ibis):
1, roosting at the water's edge (photos). – First personal observation.
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
1, at the water's edge.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
4 juv., in shallow water.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
14, swimming.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying with prey.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
6, swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
4, in shallow water or roosting on sands.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, roosting on sands.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
1, roosting on sands.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
3.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
6, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
4, flying.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
1 male.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, calling.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
10, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
2, in a shrub.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.

IMG 6827 and 6847
Sacred Ibis in the Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Provincia Cádiz (Andalucía, Spain)
(11.04.2006)

 

 
     
 

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