Birdwatching in Andalucía and Extremadura (Spain) – especially in the Provinces of Málaga, Badajoz, and Cáceres

May 20 – 29, 2008

 

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Introduction

From May 20 – 29, 2008 I spent again 10 days in  Andalucía  and Extremadura in Spain. I was accompanied by Stefan Wedler. We visited some well known places in the Province of Málaga in Andaucía, but spent most of our time in the Province of Cáceres in Extremadura.

Itinerary
May 20, 2008: Direct flight from Berlin-Schönefeld to Málaga with EasyJet. Arrival in Málaga at 19.40. Take-over of a rented car from malagacar.com. Drive to the Hotel Marina Sur in Torremolinos.
May 21, 2008: Drive from Hotel Marina Sur in Torremolinos on the road N-340 to Guadalmar. Birdwatching in the Parque Natural Desembocadura del Río Guadalhorce. In the afternoon drive on the highways A-7, A-45, and A-92 to Fuente de Piedra. Birdwatching around the visitor's centre José Antonio Valverde. Thereafter drive to Antequera. Accommodation for one night in the Hotel Coso Viejo.
May 22, 2008: Drive from Antequera on the roads N-331, N-432, N-502, A-420, EX-322, Ba-035, EX-A2, and EX-208 via Córdoba, Cabeza de Buey, and Trujillo to Torrejón el Rubio. Accomodation in the Hotel Carvajal for the next six nights. In the evening walk to the reservoir east of Torrejón.
May 23, 2008: Drive on road EX-208 to kilometre 71.3, then on the road to Monroy. Several stops in the steppeland for birdwatching. Due to strong rain return to Torrejón el Rubio in the early afternoon.
May 24, 2008: Drive on road EX-208 from Torrejón el Rubio to Salto del Gitano in the Parque Nacional de Monfragüe. After taking photos of Griffon Vultures drive to the Mirador deTaradilla. Due to rain drive via Serrejón to the autovía A-5 (E-90) near Almaraz. From there heading on A-5, EX-385, and EX-208 via Jaraicejo to Torrejón el Rubio.
May 25, 2008: In the morning drive from Torrejón el Rubio on the roads EX-208 and EX-385 almost to Jaraicejo. Several stops for birdwatching between kilometre 11 and 5. In the afternoon drive from Torrejón el Rubio on the road EX-390 to the colony of White Storks in umbrella pines at kilometre 30.1. In the late evening drive from Torrejón to the reservoirs east of the settlement.
May 26, 2008: Once again drive to the colony of White Storks at kilometre 30.1 of road EX-390. After taking more pictures of the colony heading on road EX-390 to Monroy and the bridge over the river Almonte. Thereafter drive via Santa Marta de Magasca and Trujillo to the steppeland east of Belén. After birdwatching return to Torrejón el Rubio via Torrecillas de la Tiesa and Jaraicejo.
May 27, 2008: Drive from Torrejón el Rubio on road EX-208 to the bridge over the Arroyo de la Vid and to Salto del Gitano. After taking photos of several bird species heading for Portilla del Tiétar. After birdwatching in this interesting area return drive to Torreón el Rubio.
May 28, 2008: After a drive of more than 500 km via Trujillo, Cabeza del Buey, Córdoba, Antequera, and Campillos arrival in Ronda (Provincia de Málaga, Andalucía) in the evening. Walk to the Puente Nuevo before sunset.
May 29, 2008: In the morning a second walk to the Puente Nuevo, thereafter drive from Ronda to Guadalmar on the roads EX-376 and A-7 via Marbella and Torremolinos. Birdwatching in the Parque Natural Decembocadura del Guadalhorce. At 17.30 return to  the Airport of Málaga and flight back to Berlin-Schönefeld.

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 1D Mark III in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II.

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 is equal 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
John Muddeman, A Birdwatching Guide to Extremadura, Arlequin Press, Chelmsford, 2000, ISBN 1 900159 31 7
Dirk Hilbers et al., Crossbill Guides, The Nature Guide to Extremadura, Spain, Crossbill Guides Foundation, Nijmegen, 2006, ISBN 90 5011 223 4

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
Michelin 576 Regional España, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid, Mapa de Carreteras y turístico, Scale 1 : 400 000, Michelin Ediciones de Viaje, Madrid, ISBN 2-06-100907-7
Mapa ecoturístico de Extremadura, Lynx, Scale 1 : 300 000

Links to Birding in Andalucia and Extremadura (Spain)
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/spain_andalucia.html
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/spain_extremadura.html


Excursions

21.05.2008, 09:29-13:05
Guadalmar, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
The following 33 bird species were observed in the Parque Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1 adult, with 1 pullus.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
4, 3 of them at the river bank, 1 flying.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
18, swimming.
White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala, Weißkopf-Ruderente):
3 males, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
15, swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
13 adults, in shallow water. There were also at least 5 pulli.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
1, in shallow water.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, at the water's edge.
Sanderling (Calídris alba, Sanderling):
25, at the river bank. Among them birds in full breeding plumage.
Curlew Sandpiper (Calídris ferrugínea, Sichelstrandläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
5, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei, Dünnschnabelmöwe):
1, flying.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
1, roosting on a buoy.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
50 (at least), roosting at the edge of a reedbed.
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monáchus, Mönchssittich):
13, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
4, flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
4 (1 + 3), on the path.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), collecting mud at the river bank.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, in a shrub.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
3, on a roof.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, on a roof.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, in a reedbed.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, in a shrub.
Turtle (species? Wasserschildkröte):
1, at the water's edge.

 

 

IMG 1641, IMG 1643
Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Guadalmar, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(21.05.2008)

21.05.2008, 14:50-17:00
Fuente de Piedra, Mirador del Laguneto, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
27 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the Mirador del Laguneto.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
5, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
1 female, swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
20, swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
30, in shallow water.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
20, in shallow water or breeding.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, at the water's edge.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, swimming.
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
6, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
7, at the lake shore.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on a fence.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis, Cistensänger):
1, flying.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Rabbit (Oryctólagus cunículus, Wildkaninchen):
1.

 

IMG 2012 and IMG 2013
Fuente de Piedra, wetland, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucia, Spain)
(21.05.2008)

21.05.2008, 16:00-16:30
Fuente de Piedra, Laguna, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
27 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on or over the broad mudflats of the lake (laguna).
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
100 (at least), on the mudflats.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, on wetland.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
20 (at least), in shallow water.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
50 (at least), on the mudflats.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), roosting on the mudflats.
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochélidon nilótica, Lachseeschwalbe):
100 (at least), roosting on the mudflats.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing, in the shrubs on the lake shore.

21.05.2008, 16:30-17:00
Fuente de Piedra, Laguna de las Palomas, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
27 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the Laguna de las Palomas and its surroundings.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
1 male, swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
3 ad., with two pulli.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, on the lake shore.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.

22.05.2008, 14:00-14:50
La Serena, north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia de Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, fair to sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the steppeland of La Serena along the road BA-035:
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
20 (at least), among grazing sheeps on steppeland.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
15 (at least), on steppeland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
3 males, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, roosting on a rock, then flying off.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
52 (at least), 12 of them circling over the steppeland, 40 roosting on the ground near the road.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
1, roosting among 40 Griffon Vultures on steppeland.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
1, hovering.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on a fence.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a fence.
Jeweled Lizard (Lacérta lépida, Perleidechse):
1, running over the road.

22.05.2008, 18:20-19:00
Torrejón el Rubio, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from the Hotel Carvajal to the first of two smaller reservoirs east of Torrejón.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, flying.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
1, flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, 1 in the reed of the river, 1 on the edge of the reservoir.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Thekla Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, singing, on a rock.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), at nests in a breeding colony.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), on roofs.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing, on a dead tree.

23.05.2008, 10:15-15:00
Trujillo-Monroy road, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
16 – 18 °C, overcast, later strong rain.
Trujillo-Monroy road starts at kilometre 71.3 of the road EX-208. The road leads through dehesas and steppeland. Due to strong rain the birdwatching was stopped at the junction to Santa Marta de Magasca. – The following 31 bird species were observed from several stops along the road.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
4, flying.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
20 (at least), on steppeland or flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
5 (at least), flying over steppeland and dehesas.
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti, Spanischer Kaiseradler):
3, roosting separately on the ruin of a house or on rocks in steppeland. Dark (black) birds with white head and shoulders. – First personal observation.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
15 (at least), flying over the steppeland.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
1, circling over steppeland.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
4 (at least), hovering over steppeland.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
1, calling.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, in the surroundings of a farm.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, flying.
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandárius, Häherkuckuck):
1, flying, in the dehesa. – First personal observation.
Little Owl (Athéne nóctua, Steinkauz):
1, on the roof of an old house.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
4, flying.
European Roller (Corácias gárrulus, Blauracke):
1, on a fence.
Crested or Thekla Lark (Galerída cristáta or theklae, Hauben- oder Theklalerche):
15 (at least), on stone walls or fences or flying.
Thekla Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, singing on a stone wall.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
1 (at least), singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
15 (at least), flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 female, on grassland.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
3, on fences or stone walls.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
15 (at least), flying, in the dehesas.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
4, flying or on a stone wall.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
4, at the road Ex-208.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
12 (at least), on steppeland or in the surrounding of a farm.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
150 (at least), 100 of them flying as large flock, 50 in a breeding colony in an Eucalyptus plantation.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
4, on a stone wall.

 

IMG 2026, IMG 2036, and IMG 2037
Dehesas and steppeland along the Trujillo-Monroy road, Provincia de Cáceres (Andalucia, Spain)
(23.05.2008)

24.05.2008, 08:20-12:30
Monfragüe, Salto del Gitano, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
10 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the vantage point of Salto del Gitano. At 10.00 a.m. we returned to the hotel in Torrejón el Rubio for breakfast. Thereafter we came back and continued birdwatching and taking photos of Griffon Vultures.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
2, at their nest in a rock cave.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
100 (at least), roosting on the cliffs or flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
4, flying.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1, on the cliffs.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
4, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

IMG 2171, IMG 2177, and IMG 2178
Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, Salto del Gitano, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(24.05.2008)

24.05.2008, 12:45-13:45
Monfragüe, bridge over the Río Tejo, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
13 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from the bridge over the River Tejo along the south bank in an easterly direction.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
6, at the bridge.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
100 (at least), in the breeding colony under the bridge.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
2, at the bridge.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a shrub.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
3, singing.

24.05.2008, 14:00
Monfragüe, Villarreal de San Carlos, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
13 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in Villarreal de San Carlos.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on the road.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), in the village.

 

IMG 2439, IMG 2444, and IMG 2450
Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, Surroundings of Villarreal de San Carlos, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(24.05.2008)

24.05.2008, 14:30-16:15
Monfragüe, Mirador de Tajadilla, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
13 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from several stops during the drive from Villarreal de San Carlos to the Mirador de Tajadilla.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
20 (at least), in the rock face of Tajadilla.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
1, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
2, on cliffs.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub near Fuente de tres Caños
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, on a fence. 
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing.

IMG 2452
Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, the rock face of Tajadilla, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(24.05.2008)

25.05.2008, 09:45-13:20
EX-385, kilometre 10.8 kilometre 5.2, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the dehesas on both sides of road EX-385 between kilometre 10.8 and kilometre 5.2.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
3, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, flying (shoulders lighter than primaries and secondaries).
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
50 (at least), flying).
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
2, flying.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
1, calling near the small chapel at kilometre 5.2.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, at the edge of a small water expanse.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1 (at least), along the road.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1 calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
3, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
25 (at least), flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
3, 2 of them calling. A third one was observed on the roof of a chapel near kilometre 5.2.
Wood Lark (Lúllula arbórea, Heidelerche):
3 (at least), singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, on graassland.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscívorus, Misteldrossel):
1, on a fence.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
3 (1 + 2), in shrubs.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
5, calling. 3 of them were also seen.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on a fence.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
25 (at least), in the dehesas.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on the roof of a small chapel near kilometre 5.2.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
4, 1 near the road, 3 on the small chapel at kilometre 5.2.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
5 (at least), singing.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
10 (at least), in shrubs along the road.

 

IMG 2476, IMG 2486, and IMG 2659
Dehesas and grassland along the road EX-385, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(25.05.2008)

25.05.2008, 17:30
EX-390 (Torrejón-Cáceres), kilometre 30.6, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
16 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the White Stork colony in umbrella pines at kilometre 30.6 of the road EX-390 from Torrejón to Cáceres.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
20 (at least), on trees of the breeding colony at kilometre 30.6.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5, flying.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a fence.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
2, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
3, flying.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
4, on a fence.

25.05.2008, 19:00-20:00
EX-390 (Torrejón-Cáceres), kilometre 51, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
16 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed south of road EX-390 at kilometre 51.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
4, on the roof of a building.
Quail (Cotúrnix cotúrnix, Wachtel):
1, calling.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
2, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on the ground.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
5, flying.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on shrubs.
Southern Grey Shrike (Lánius meridionális, Mittelmeer-Raubwürger):
1, on a shrub.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
6, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
6, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, on thistles.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on the road.

 

IMG 2733 and IMG 2735
Road Ex-390, kilometre 51 near Torrejón el Rubio, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(25.05.2008)

25.05.2008, 21:30-22:40
Torrejón el Rubio, reservoirs, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
16 °C, overcast.
In the dusk we drove from Torrejón el Rubio allong an unpaved road to the reservoirs east of the settlement, in order to hear Red-necked Nightjars. Only the following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, in shallow water.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50 (at least), flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
4, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Savi´s Warbler (Locustélla luscinioídes, Rohrschwirl):
1, singing, in a reedbed.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on shrubs.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
4, on fences.
Bat (species? Fledermaus):
1, flying.
Hare (Lepus europáeus, Hase):
1, on grassland.

26.05.2008, 09:15-10:00
EX-390 (Torrejón-Cáceres), kilometre 30.6, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
11 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a second visit of the breeding colony of White Storks in the umbrella pines at kilometre 30.6 of road EX-390.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
20 (at least), on trees of the breeding colony.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
5, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, on a dead tree.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.

26.05.2008, 10:30-12:25
Rio Almonte, bridge south of Monroy, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
11 – 15 °C, fair.
Where the road from Monroy to Santa Marta de Magasca crosses the Río Almonte the following bird species were Schwarzmilan 1, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
2, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4 (at least), flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
20 (at least), in the surroundings of the bridge (photos).
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, near the waterfall.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, 1 of them at the water's edge, the other at the bridge.
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura, Trauersteinschmätzer):
1, at the bridge.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10 (at least), at the bridge.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Turtle (species? Wasserschildkröte):
1, on a rock at the water's edge.

 

IMG 3026 and IMG 3072
Río Almonte near Monroy, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(26.05.2008)

26.05.2008, 12:30-13:30
Sta. Marta de Magasca, northern steppes, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the steppeland along the road from Monroy to Santa Marta de Magasca.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
15, on steppeland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 female, with 8 pulli, swimming on a pond.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, hovering over steppeland.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
2, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1 female, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1 of the light morph, flying (photo S. W. IMG 8189 – 8205).
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
10 (at least), flying.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
1, on the road.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandárius, Häherkuckuck):
1, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
10 (at least), flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, calling, also seen..
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
3, flying.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
200, on farmland.
Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana, Ortolan):
1, on a powerline.

26.05.2008, 14:00-15:00
Río Magasca, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, rain, later fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the bridge over Río Magasca north of Santa Marta de Magasca.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
1, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Wood Lark (Lúllula arbórea, Heidelerche):
1, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying ggeiin the surroundings of the bridge.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
6, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
6, at the bridge.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Turtle (species? Wasserschildkröte):
4, in the river.

 

IMG 3060 and IMG 3063
Río Magasca, near Santa Marta de Magasca, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(26.05.2008)

26.05.2008, 15:30-16:30
Sta. Marta de Magasca, southern steppes, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
19 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the steppeland south of Santa Marta de Magasca.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
50 (at least), on steppeland.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
25, on steppeland, on the ground.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
1, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
4, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
4, landing on steppeland.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1 calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
2, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
200 (at least), on steppeland.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
100, on a fence.

26.05.2008, 17:45-19:30
Belén, steppeland east of the settlement, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
19 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the steppeland east of Belén.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, in shallow water of a pond.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
50 (at least), on steppeland.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
200 (at least), on steppeland.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
7, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, flying (Photo IMG 8246 – 8261).
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
1, flying.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
1, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1, on a fence.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
20 (at least),10 of them on steppeland, 10 on an eucalyptus tree.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
20, flying.

 

IMG 3066 and IMG 3072
Steppeland east of Belén, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(26.05.2008)

27.05.2008, 09:40-10:25
Monfragüe, Arroyo de La Vid, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
13 °C, overcast, rainy.
We parked the car at the bridge over the Arroyo de La Vid and walked about 500 m up-stream. The following bird species could be observed.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
4, flying, near the bridge.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
6, flying, near the bridge
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, flying or singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a shrub.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, on a power line.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a power line.

 

IMG 3077 and 3277
 Arroyo de La Vid, near Torrejón el Rubio, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(27.05.2008)

27.05.2008, 10:40-12:25
Monfragüe, Salto del Gitano, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
13 – 17 °C, overcast, later fair.
The following bird species were observed from the viewpoint Salto del Gitano.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
2, at their nest in a rock cave.
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti, Spanischer Kaiseradler):
1, circling.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
100 (at least), flying or roosting on the cliffs.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying along the river.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying along the cliffs.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1 female, on rocks or on a dead tree (photos).
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on a rock.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
2, on the rocks.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, on a dead tree.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, with fledgelings.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, calling in flight.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1, flying.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, flying.
Rock Bunting (Emberíza cia, Zippammer):
1, on a dead tree (photos).
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh):
1, at the opposite shore.

 

IMG 3164 and IMG 3160
Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, the river Tejo and the rock face of Peñafalcon seen from Salto del Gitano, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(27.05.2008)

27.05.2008, 12:30-13:15
Monfragüe, bridge over the Río Tejo, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
17 °C, overcast or fair.
The following bird species could be observed in the surroundings of the bridge over the Río Tejo.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
1, at the shore.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20 (at least), at the bridge.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
200 (at least), in the breeding colony under the bridge.

IMG 3168
Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, the bridge over the river Tejo near Villarreal de San Carlos, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(27.05.2008)

27.05.2008, 13:30
Monfragüe, Mirador de Tajadilla, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed near the Mirador de Tajadilla:
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
2, roosting on a rock.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
50 (at least), flying or roosting in the cliffs.

27.05.2008, 13:50-16:30
Monfragüe, Portilla del Tiétar, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
17 °C, fair.
The following species were observed from the platform in front of the cliffs at the Portilla del Tiétar.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying along the river.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
4, flying or roosting on the cliffs.
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti, Spanischer Kaiseradler):
2, circling.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, circling.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
100 (at least), flying or roosting in the cliffs.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
7, flying.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo, Uhu):
2, juvenile, sitting on a rock or on the ground.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, on a dead tree.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Fox (Vulpes vulpes, Fuchs):
1, on the road (photos).

 

IMG 3233 and IMG 3270
Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, the River Tiétar, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(27.05.2008)

27.05.2008, 17:40-18:20
Monfragüe, Arroyo de La Vid, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the bridge over the Arroyom de La Vid.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, circling or hanging in the wind. the brown head contrasted to the light colored underparts.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
4, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10, flying.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a shrub
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
2, on a power line.
Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana, Ortolan):
1, in a shrub.

28.05.2008, 09:25
EX-208, Río Tozzo, Provincia de Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
12 °C, fair.
Driving on road EX 208 from Torrejón el Rubio in a southerly direction the following bird species was observed.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
1, on the road near the bridge over Río Tozzo.

28.05.2008, 10:50
Acedera, road N-430, Provincia de Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
12 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in Acedera and in its surroundings.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
50, flying, near the aqueduct.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, flying, near the aqueduct.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing, near the aqueduct.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying, near the aqueduct.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on the roof of the church.

 

IMG 3279, IMG 3280, and IMG 3284
Acedera,
Provincia de Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(28.05.2008)

28.05.2008, 11:30-12:30
La Serena, north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia de Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the steppeland of La Serena during the drive from Orellana la Vieja to Cabeza del Buey.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
11, one of them on the road, 10 on steppeland.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
12, on steppeland.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
3, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, roosting on the ground.
Great Bustard (Otis tarda, Großtrappe):
5, on steppeland
Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola, Rotflügel-Brachschwalbe):
, 1, flying.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis, Sandflughuhn):
6, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
1, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
1, flying.

IMG 3291
Steppeland of La Serena north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia de Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(28.05.2008)

28.05.2008, 17:15
Campillos, Laguna Dulce, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the completely dried-up Laguna Dulce.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
200, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
4, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.

28.05.2008, 19:30
Ronda, Puente Nuevo, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Puente Nuevo.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10, flying.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
20 (at least), flying or roosting in a rock face.

IMG 3316
Ronda, the rock face near the Puente Nuevo, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(28.05.2008)

29.05.2008, 09:15
Ronda, Puente Nuevo, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Puente nuevo.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
50 (at least), flying or in the steep rock faces.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20 (at least), flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
1, in the steep rock faces.

29.05.2008, 10.45
EX-397, kilometre 17,
Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species was observed during the drive from Ronda to Marbella at kilometre 17 of road A-397.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
5, flying.

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Road EX-397, kilometre 17,  Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(29.05.2008)

29.05.2008, 12:15-16:30
Guadalmar, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
The following 28 bird species were observed in the Paraje natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, in shallow water.
Common Spoonbill (Platálea leucoródia, Löffler):
2, landing in shallow water.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
23, swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
25 (at least), in shallow water of the whole Nature Reserve. In addition there were at least 20 chicks.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
5, in front of the western hide.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, in front of the western hide.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
8, on the shore of the old river.
Red Knot (Calídris canútus, Knutt):
2, in shallow water of the old river. The birds were in breeding plumage.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
1, in shallow water of the old river.
Curlew Sandpiper (Calídris ferrugínea, Sichelstrandläufer):
3, in shallow water of the old river.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
50 (at least), in shallow water of the old river.
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limósa lappónica, Pfuhlschnepfe):
1, in shallow water of the old river.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
1, in shallow water. Unambiguously identified on photos. Red on bill restricted to lower mandible.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water of the old river.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
3, swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
50, roosting on the beach.
Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei, Dünnschnabelmöwe):
45, 25 of them in shallow water of the old river, 20 in front of the western hide.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
6, 5 of them in shallow water of the old river, one in front of the western hide.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
5, at the shore of the old river.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
50 (at least), flying or roosting in tamarisk shrubs at the water's edge.
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monáchus, Mönchssittich):
1, calling in flight.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, in a shrub.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, near houses.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, in a shrub.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
6, in shrubs.

 

IMG 3671, IMG 3673, and IMG 3681
Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, Guadalmar, Provincia de Málaga (Andalucía, Spain)
(29.05.2008)

 

 
 

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