Sardinian Warbler: (female) These superb active birds are EVERYWHERE in Spain, literally every other tree, bush or shrub had one in. I often saw these from the apartment’s balcony or from the edge of the pool. I caught this female Sardinian Warbler as it darted from a bush to a fence deep in the scrub at the back of the apartment. I found it hard to get a photograph of them as they were not only very active but like to keep themselves hidden within the thick of the Scrub.
This scrub land was literally awesome, for example on my first ever trip down to explore the Mediterranean hills and scrub land directly out the back door of the apartment I came across, Sardinian Warbler, Crested Lark, Cetti's Warblers and Nightingales, all giving good views. Spotless Starlings, Stone Chat and House Sparrows where and further down deeper in the scrub I came across Woodchat Shrike and Great Grey ShrikeSardinian Warbler: (male)
Swallowtail Butterfly: Other animals I saw included the very scares and utterly beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly, a large array of Frogs and Toads.
Reptiles which I spotted consisted of a few lizards in the undergroth and I found one Horseshoe Headed Whip Snake trapped down an open man hole. After getting some photographs I managed to find a branch and rescue it.
Stone Chat: I could hear these from the kitchen window and they were numerous in the scrub.
On the of 17th of May I saw Red Rumped Swallow Whizzing past the scrub following the hords of flies.
On the 15th of May we took a trip to Gib, on the motorway we saw a single low flying Red Kite, I was hoping to do some serious birding here and walk up or halfway up the Rock, but after arriving the wind picked up and the clouds rolled in, this put a holt on the cable car as they cancelled all trips
Turkis Gecko: This little star was found on the balcony of the apartment.
There was at least four seen throughout our stay, some where huge adults and some where very shy but this guy seemed fine just hanging around foe he night.
Horse Shoe Head Whip Snake: This was the snake I saved from the open man hole. It was the only snake I came across during the whole stay.
Name Locations and Notes
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Seen at Gaudalhorce along canal path
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Common in the Guadalhorce
Spoonbill (Platalea leudorodia) Seen at Paraje Guadalhorce, Malaga
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) Seen at Paraje Guadalhorce, Malaga
White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocophala) Paraje Guadalhorce
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) Seen on the motorway towards Gibraltar
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) Common hunting over Gualdahorce valley
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) Seen at the Scrublands near appartment
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) Common on any wet area such as Rio Guadalhorce
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) Arrive in Spring at Rio Guadalhorce
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Recorded on the Rio Guadalhorce and other rivers
Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) 'Pure' looking individuals at Scrublands
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Widespread
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) Colony in Guadalhorce valley, Paraje Guadalhorce
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) One hared at the reserve near Ronda
Swift (Apus apus) Widespread
Hoopoe (Upupa epops) Seen at Gaudalhorce and Scrublands
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) Widespread in Summer, Seen at Gaudalhorce and Scrublands
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) Common
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris) Widespread at Ronda
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Widespread
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica) Seen briefly at Scrublands
House Martin (Delichon urbica) Common
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) Common by Rio Guadalhorce and other rivers
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) One seen at Scrubland
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) Heard day and night from Scrublands. Widespread.
Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) Common in rocky areas
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura) Reliably found at Gobantes, El Chorro, Teba Gorge etc.
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) Often found at Teba Gorge
Blackbird (Turdus merula) Widespread
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) Common away from the towns
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) Often heard and seen on Rio Guadalhorce
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala) Common and widespread, seen everywhere
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Migrant, recorded on Scrubland
Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) Not common, found on Rio Guadalhorce, at El Chorro and elsewhere
Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis) One seen at Scrubland
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) Fairly common. Often seenat Scrubland and two seen at Gaudalhorse
Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) Seven seen at Ronda
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) Common at Teba Gorge and widespread elsewhere.
Raven (Corvus corax) Seen nesting at Scrubland
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor) Common everywhere
Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) One breifley seen at Scrublands
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Very common
Serin (Serinus serinus) Everywhere
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) Everywhere,
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) Everywhere
Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia) Encountered in El Chorro, Bobastro, Gobantes, Teba gorge
****47 SPECIES SEEN IN TOTAL****
Useful Websites & Books
Birdwatching on Spain's Southern Coast: Costa Del Sol, Costa De La Luz, Almeria, Donana and Some Inland Sites. by J.R BUTLER