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Spain: Southern Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz Province and the Straits of Gibraltar.

18th - 24th April 1999

A list of birds recorded by A Cockroft, N C Dawtrey, D J Prest
and A Zabukas.
Report compiled by: Nick Dawtrey.

We flew from Manchester to Malaga, Price 139 return each, our car hire cost 135 and our accommodation cost 250 split between the four of us. We stayed self-catering between Tarifa and Algeeiras at Finca El Bornizo, El Bujeo and found the accommodation excellent value. Being situated on the main migration route with regular raptors such as Montagu's Harriers seen from the house while Bee-eaters flew over most days and Firecrests were nesting in the garden. The weather was very good being warm and sunny on most days, temperature about 70 degrees. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area and several shops in Tarifa and Algeeiras. We stayed for just one week but to do the area justice a 2 week stay would be advisable. Nevertheless we totalled 159 species and had a very enjoyable time birding the surrounding areas.

Itinerary for the week.
18th April
Ojen Valley, Tarifa Beach, El Mirador Watch Point, Punta Carnero.
19th April
Tarifa Beach, La Janda, El Mirador Watch Point, Sierra de la Plata, Bolonia,
20th April
Pinar Di Monte Algaida, East Bank Guadalquivir, Laguna de Medina, Facinas area,
21st April
Puerto del Bujeo, Los Barrios Rubbish Tip, El Mirador Watch Point, Tarifa Beach, Punta Carnero.
22nd April
La Janda, Atlanterra, Zahara, Barbate Pines, Trafaiga, Puerto del Bujeo, Facinas area.
23rd April
Ronda area, Puerto del Bujeo.
24th April
Puerto del Bujeo.

Sites for selected species.

Black-necked Grebe
Gannet
Night Heron
Cattle Egret
Squacco Heron
Little Egret

Purple Heron
White Stork

Spoonbill
Greater Flamingo
Glossy Ibis
Red-crested Pochard

White-headed Duck
Black Kite

Egyptian Vulture
Griffon Vulture
Montagu's Harrier



Marsh Harrier


Sparrowhawk
Goshawk
Honey Buzzard
Buzzard
Bonelli's Eagle
Booted Eagle


Short-toed Eagle

Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Purple Gallinule
Little Bustard
Stone Curlew
Black-winged Stilt

Avocet
Collared Pratincole
Kentish Plover
Little Stint
Purple Sandpiper
Greenshank
Black-tailed Godwit
Grey Plover
Whimbrel
Turnstone
Lesser- black Backed Gull
Audouin's Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Sandwich Tern
Whiskered Tern
Mediterranean Gull
Turtle Dove
Rock Dove
Puffin
Razorbill
Little Owl

Tawny Owl
Alpine Swift
Pallid Swift
Swift
Bee-eater
Roller
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Woodlark
Crested Lark
Thekla Lark
Short-toed Lark
Calandra Lark
Crag Marlin
Sand Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Swallow
House Martin
Grey Wagtail
Spanish Yellow Wagtail
Tawny Pipit

Nightingale
Redstart
Black Redstart
Stonechat
Wheatear
Black Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear
Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush
Fan-tailed Warbler
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Reed Warbler
Great Reed warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Olivaceous Warbler
Spectacled Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Whitethroat
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Bonelli's warbler

Firecrest
Pied Flycatcher
Crested Tit
Short-toed Treecreeper
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Spotless Starling
Jay
Magpie
Azure-winged Magpie
Chough
Raven
Rock Sparrow
Crossbill
Hawfinch
Serin
Cirl Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Rock Bunting
Corn Bunting
50+ at laguna de Medina.
2 past Punta Carnero.
5 at east bank of the river Guadalquivir.
Very Common.
1 at east bank of the river Guadalquivir.
14 on river estuary at Zahara, others on east bank of the river Guadalquivir and on route between sites.
21 on the east bank of the river Guadalquivir.
Common in most areas also 2 flocks of about 20 birds each seen coming in over the straits.
8 birds on the east bank of the river Guadalquivir.
cl00 at the east bank of the river Guadalquivir and 100+ at Laguna de Medina.
7 birds at the east bank of the river Guadalquivir.
Recorded at Marismas de Trebujena, east bank of the Guadalquivir and at Laguna de Medina.
12+ at Laguna de Medina.
Common, 100 in 1 flock seen to come in over the Straits. At least 500 at the rubbish tip at Los Barrios.
2 at Sierra de la Plata above Bolonia and 1 over Tarifa West Beach.
Common.
30 birds seen altogether, most were seen coming in over the Straits, sites included Punta Carnero, El Mirador watch point, Sierra de la Plata, Puerto Del Bujeo watch point. The largest single flock was of 12 birds at El Bujeo. Other single birds were picked up while driving from site to site.
39 birds seen, all the same sites for Montagu's Harrier produced this species with the addition of the east bank of the river Guadalquivir where the species was common.
12 birds recorded mainly at El Mirador watch point.
1 seen carrying prey and another seen displaying at Puerto del Bujeo.
33 birds recorded at Punta Carnero and Puerto del Bujeo.
8 birds recorded at Ojen Valley, Puerto del Bujeo and El Mirador.
1 at Puerto del Bujeo and 1 at El Bujeo.
41 birds recorded, sites included Ojen Valley, El Mirador, Puerto del Bujeo, Punta Carnero, Los Barrios, La Janda, Ronda area etc.6 birds were displaying together at Pinar de la Algaida.
28 birds recorded at Ojen Valley, El Mirador, Puerto del Bujeo, La Janda, Sierra de la Plata and whilst driving between sites.
19 recorded at several sites.
13 definite sightings. Ronda, Sierra de la Plata, El Mirador, La Janda and while driving between sites.
Numerous on the east bank of the river Guadalquivir over 200 seen.
2 at La Janda.
Heard calling at night at La Janda.
Thousands at Marismas de Trebujena and the east bank of the river Guadalquivir. Also numerous on river estuary near Zahara.
3 at Laguna de Medina.
Hundreds at Marisrnas de Trebujena and the east bank of the river Guadalquivir.
Common at Tarifa Beach, Marisrnas de Trebujena and Guadalquivir east bank.
Recorded at Marismas de Trebujena, Guadalquivir and Tarifa West Beach.
1 at Punta Carnero.
1 at Marismas de Trebujena.
3 at Laguna de Medina.
1 on Tarifa West Beach.
1 at Punta Carnero and 3 on east bank of Guadalquivir River.
20 at Punta Carnero.
10 at Punta Carnero.
2 at Punta Carnero and 1 on Tarifa West Beach.
Common.
1 at Punta Carnero, 25 at Marismas de Trebujena and 5 near Zahara.
7 near Zahara.
100+ at Marismas de Trebujena and the east bank of the Guadalquivir river.
1 near Zahara.
Quite common around La Janda and Tarifa West Beach.
20 at Barbate Pines.
7 past Punta Carnero.
3 past Punta Carnero.
1 at Punta Carnero, 1 at La Janda, 1 at Bolonia and another seen on route between sites.
Heard 4 times while looking for Eagle and Scops Owls.
2 at Ronda.
Only a few positively identified over Tarifa West Beach.
Common.
Very Common 359 recorded at many sites mainly flying over.
1 at Bolonia below Sierra de la Plata.
Heard 4 times at Sierra de la Plata and Puerto del Bujeo.
10 sightings at Puerto del Bujeo and Ojen Valley.
2, 10km before Ronda.
Common at Tarifa West Beach.
20 recorded at Ojen Valley and 1, 10km before Ronda.
2 at Tarifa West Beach and 3 at La Janda.
21+ at La Janda.
Recorded at Tarifa West Beach, Ojen Valley, Ronda, Sierra de la Plata etc.
1 at Tarifa West Beach.
2 on road to Zahara and 5 around Punta Carnero.
Common.
Common.
1 at Ronda.
14+ recorded at Marismas de Trebujena and La Janda.
9 recorded at Ojen Valley, Marismas Trebujena, La Janda and Tarifa West Beach.
Common.
1 at Laguna de Medina, 2 at Puerto del Bujeo.
6, 10 km before Ronda.
Very common.
17 recorded at various sites.
5, 10 Km before Ronda.
16 birds recorded at several sites.
1 male displaying l0 Km before Ronda.
12 recorded at Sierra de La Plata, Puerto del Bujeo, Ronda and the Ojen Valley.
Many heard at several sites, 2 seen at Ojen Valley and Bolonia.
Both races / species were recorded at Puerto del Bujeo.
6 birds were seen at Bolonia, Punta Carnero and Ojen Valley.
Heard at Guadalquivir east bank La Janda and at Laguna de Medina.
3 at Guadalquivir east bank and 4 at Laguna de Medina.
Heard at coastal sites and at Laguna de Medina.
4 at Ojen Valley, 1 at La Janda and 2 at Laguna de Medina.
1 at Laguna de Medina and 1 at Atlanterra.
1 male at La Janda.
1 male at Ojen Valley.
Recorded at several sites including Ojen Valley and Puerto del Bujeo.
2 nest building at Puerto del Bujeo.
8 at La Janda.
Fairly Common.
15 recorded at Puerto del Bujeo and on road to Punta Carnero.
31 recorded mainly at Puerto del Bujeo and the Ojen Valley with a few at Tarifa Beach, Pinar de Monte Algaida, and laguna de Medina.
9 recorded at El Bujeo and Puerto del Bujeo.
2 at Pinar de Monte Algaida. 1 at El Bujeo and 1 at Sierra de la Plata.
8 recorded at El Bujeo and at Puerto del Bujeo.
8 seen at El Bujeo and at Puerto del Bujeo.
3, 10 km from Ronda.
Common.
Common.
3 at Puerto del Bujeo.
1 at Pinar de Monte Algaida.
c20 at Pinar de Monte Algaida.
54+ in the Ronda area.
1, 10Km before Ronda.
6, 10Km before Ronda.
1 over La Janda.
2 at Puerto del Bujeo.
Fairly common.
2 at Ojen Valley.
2 at Tarifa West Beach.
2 at Sierra de la Plata, 6 at Puerto del Bujeo. 1 near Ronda.
Very Common.

Also recorded were the following species:
Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron. Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Sanderling, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.
We missed Rufous Bush Chat, Red-necked Nightjar, Scops Owl and Eagle Owl. The Bush Chat we were told were becoming rarer every year, while the Nightjars had not yet arrived. Eagle Owls we were told were best seen by driving around the dirt tracks of La Janda at night and with a bit of luck one might be seen perched on a fence post. Scops Owls we found out at the end of our holiday were best looked for in the Palm Trees in Tarifa.

Sites in Cadiz Province, Main species only.

Where to watch birds in Southern Spain by Garcia and Paterson site number in brackets. Note many of the roads have now been renumbered, we used the Michelin road map 446 Andalucia Costa del Sol. While the main roads are in good condition we found that many of the dirt tracks were almost impassable. Particular bad ones were the Ojen Valley, East Bank of river Guadalquivir in parts and Puerto del Bujeo which became impassable after 2 or 3 miles although work was just beginning to repair the surface.

Tarifa West Beach Recommended (C1)
Audouins Gull, Waders including Kentish Plovers, Little Stints and a Grey Plover, 1 Egyptian Vulture, Turtle Doves, 2 Short-toed larks, Pallid Swifts, 2 Ortolan Buntings, Spanish Wagtails, Crested Larks, Bonelli's Warbler, Crag Martin, Spotless Starlings, Woodchat Shrikes, Finches etc.

El Mirador Recommended (C2b)
Raptors including Griffon Vultures, Short-toed Eagles, Booted Eagles, Black Kites, Montagu's Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Sparrowhawks, Buzzard, Kestrels and Lesser Kestrels. White Storks, Bee-eaters, Swifts, Hirundines. Probably best during easterly winds

Puerto del Bujeo Recommended (C2e)
White Storks, Griffon Vultures, Black Kites, Montagu's Harriers, 2 Goshawk, Sparrowhawks, Honey Buzzards, Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, 1 Bonelli's Eagle, Kestrels, lesser Kestrels, Turtle Dove, Bee-eaters, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Cuckoo, Nightingale, Redstart, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Blackcaps, Sardinian Warblers, Bonelli's Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Firecrests, Crested Tits, Short-toed Treecreepers, Spotless Starling, Jay, 2 Hawfinch, Serin, 2 Rock Buntings, Finches etc. This site proved to be very productive for Bonelli's Warbler later in the week.

Punta Carnero / Punta Secreta Recommended (C3) Probably best during westerly winds.
2 Gannets, Puffins, Razorbills, White Storks, Black Kites, Griffon Vultures, Montagu's Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Sparrowhawks, Honey Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, Kestrels, waders included 2 Black-winged Stilts, Turnstones, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Audouin's Gulls, Lesser-black Backed Gulls, 1 Gull-billed Tern, Little Owl, Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatears, Red-rumped Swallows, Cetti's Warblers, Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Sardinian Warblers, Woodchat Shrikes, Spotless Starlings, Finches. Most Warblers were found in a garden with fruit trees.

Bolonia and Sierra de la Plata Recommended (C5)
White Stork, Black Kites, 2 Eygptian Vultures , Griffon Vultures nesting, 2 Montagu's Harriers, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, lesser Kestrels, Kestrels, Little Owl, 1 Roller, Green Woodpecker, Crag Martins, Hirundines, Nightingales, Black-eared Wheatears, Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrushes, Blackcap, Fan-tailed Warbler, Sardinian Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrikes, Spotless Starling, 2 Rock Buntings.

Cape Trafalgar and Barbate Pines. (C10)
Not much found here, new birds for the trip were Rock Doves and Jackdaw. The pines held Sardinian Warblers and Serins,

Zahara (C5)
A small river estuary produced Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Black-winged Stilts, Ringed Plovers, Kentish Plovers, Sanderlings, Dunlins, Redshanks, 1 Mediterranean Gull, Gull-billed Terns, Sandwich Terns. The CA 2211 to Zahara produced a Montagu's Harrier and 2 Red-rumped Swallows.

Atlanterra (C5)
The scrub near the Light House Car Park held an Olivaceous Warbler and Sardinian Warblers while the rocks around the Light House held Black-eared and Northern Wheatears. Short-toed Eagle, Crag Martin and Kestrel were also recorded.

La Janda Recommended (C4)
A large area of mainly farming land north of the CN 340 between Vejer and Tarifa. Cattle Egrets, Grey Herons, White Storks, Mallards, Griffon Vultures, Black Kites, Marsh Harriers, Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, Kestrels, Lesser Kestrels, Red-legged Partridges, Pheasants, Moorhens, Little Bustards 2 males, Stone Curlews heard, Turtle Doves, Little Owl, Bee-eaters, Crested Larks, Calandra Larks, Short-toed Larks,Tawny Pipits, Spanish Wagtails, Nightingales, Reed Warblers, Cetti's Warblers, Melodious Warblers, Spectacled Warbler 1 male, Whitethroat, Sardinian Warblers, Woodchat Shrikes, Spotless Starlings, Finches, Corn Buntings everywhere.

CA2213 just east of Facinas, Los Alcornacales (C6)
Area between the Ojen Valley and Tarifa only visited once in the evening, looked good for Nightjars although we had none. White Storks, Griffon Vultures, Short-toed Eagles, Red-legged Partridges, Cuckoos heard, Bee-eaters, Crested Larks, Nightingales, Stonechats very common here and almost everywhere else in the region, Sardinian Warblers, Woodchat Shrikes, Finches, 1 Crossbill, Corn Buntings

Los Barrios Rubbish Tip (Tarifa tip no longer in use)
At least 500 Black Kites, maybe as many as 2000 present, Griffon Vultures, White Storks, Cattle Egrets, Cetti's Warblers and the very common Yellow-legged Gulls.

Ojen Valley Recommended (C6)
An excellent area but the roads are terrible, recommend a four wheel drive vehicle, we barely managed to get through in a ford Fiesta. Cattle Egrets, White Storks, Black Kites, Griffon Vultures, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, Kestrels, Cuckoo, Bee-eaters, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Thekla Larks, Tawny Pipits, Nightingales, Blue Rock Thrush, Fan-tailed Warblers, Melodious Warblers, Subalpine Warbler 1 male, Blackcaps, Sardinian Warblers, Bonelli's Warblers, Woodchat Shrikes, Spotless Starlings, Finches, 2 Cirl Buntings, Corn Buntings.

Laguna de Medina Recommended (C15)
Great Crested and Little Grebes, Lots of Black-necked Grebes, White Storks, Greater Flamingos, Gadwall, 1 Teal, Shovelers, White-headed Ducks, Red-crested Pochards, Pochards, Tufted Ducks, Black Kites, Griffon Vultures, Kestrel sp, Red-legged Partridges, 3 Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Swifts, Hirundines, Crested Larks, Nightingales, 1 Redstart, Cetti's Warblers, 4 Great Reed Warblers, Reed Warblers, 1 Olivaceous Warbler, Melodious Warblers, Blackcaps, Sardinian Warblers, Bonelli s Warbler, Finches.

Pinar de la Algaida Recommended (C17)
Black Kites, Booted Eagles 6 birds displaying, Griffon Vultures, lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Collared Pratincoles, Nightingales, Sardinian Warblers, Bonelli's Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatchers, Azure-winged Magpies at least 6 probably 20 present, 1 Magpie.

Marismas de Trebujena Recommended (C17)
Cattle Egrets, Purple Herons, While Storks, Spoonbills, Grey-lag Geese, Red-crested Pochard, Black Kites, Griffon Vultures, Marsh Harriers, Black-winged Stilts, Collared Pratincoles, Kentish Plovers, Lapwings, Dunlins, Little Stints, Redshanks, 1 Greenshank, Common Sandpipers, Gull-billed Terns, Whiskered Terns, Swifts, Crested Larks Hirundines, Tawny Pipit, Spanish Wagtail, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrikes, Finches.

Sites in Sevilla Province

East bank of the river Guadalquivir Isla Menor Recommended (S1)
5 Night Herons, Cattle Egrets, 1 Squacco Heron, Grey Herons, Purple Herons, White Storks, Spoonbills, 7 Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingos, Gadwall, Red-crested Pochards, Black Kites, Griffon Vultures, Marsh Harriers, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, Kestrel sp, Red-legged Partridges, 200+Purple Gallinules, Black-winged Stilts, Collared Pratincoles, Ringed Plovers, Kentish Plovers, 3 Whimbrels, Gull-billed Terns, 1 Caspian Tern, Whiskered Terns, Turtle Doves, Bee-eaters, Crested Larks, Spanish Wagtails, Nightingales, Black-eared Wheatears, Fan-tailed Warblers, 3 Great Reed Warblers, Reed Warblers, Sardinian Warblers, Woodchat Shrikes, Finches.

Sites in Malaga Province

Serrania de Ronda Recommended (MI 1)
A site about 40 km along the road from San Pedra - Ronda produced Griffon Vultures, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, lesser Kestrels, Kestrels, Thekla Larks, 2 Woodlarks 6 Black Redstarts, 5 Black Wheatears, Black-eared Wheatears and Northern Wheatears, 1 Rock Thrush male, 3 Southern Grey Shrikes, Choughs, 1 Raven, 6 Rock Sparrows, 1 Rock Bunting, linnets.

Ronda, (M11)
Lesser Kestrels, 2 Alpine Swifts, Swifts, Crag Martins, 1 Grey Wagtail, Blue Rock Thrushes.


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