Saturday 9 March 2013

Birds of Rincon de la Victoria

Always good, indeed encouraging, to discover new followers of the blog and the moreso when they let you know of their experience whilst in the area.  This morning, presumably form back in the UK, I received a message for David Withrington informing me of his birding exploits whilst spending a short period in Rincon de la Victoria on the eastern outskirts of Malaga City.   Difficult to know which was the best sighting, the three Great Skuas off the coast or, for me, the first reported sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher this year.

Observer:   David Withrington

26 February 2013

   Rincon de la Victoria, seafront      Gannet; Sanderling; Yellow-legged Gull; Mediterranean  Gull; Black-headed Gull; Razorbill; White Wagtail; Chiffchaff; Black Redstart; Blackbird; Spotless Starling; House Sparrow

27 February 2013 

   Rincon de la Victoria, seafront      Gannet; Cormorant; Great Skua (3); Lesser black-backed Gull; Yellow-legged Gull; Black-headed Gull; Mediterranean Gull; Serin

Anoreta golf course                      Mallard; Moorhen; Coot; Hoopoe; Crag Martin; House     Martin; Barn Swallow; White Wagtail; Mistle Thrush; Blackbird; Stonechat; Robin; Black Redstart; Monk Parakeet; Chiffchaff; Blackcap; Sardinian Warbler; Serin; Goldfinch; House Sparrow

28 February 2013   

    Benalmadena                               Cattle Egret; Kestrel; Crag Martin; Swallow; Black Redstart; Chiffchaff; Blackcap; Sardinian Warbler; Cetti’s Warbler; Serin; Goldfinch; House Sparrow

1 March 2013      

    Rincon de la Victoria, seafront     Mediterranean Gull; Crag Martin; House Martin; Barn Swallow; Grey Wagtail; White Wagtail; Blackbird; Black Redstart; Monk Parakeet; House Sparrow


    Urb. La Sirena, beach                   Yellow-legged Gull; Mediterranean Gull; Chiffchaff; Greenfinch; Serin; Goldfinch; House Sparrow

     Anoreta golf course                     Cormorant; Mallard; Coot; Kestrel; Little Owl; Crag Martin; House Martin; Hoopoe; Spotted Flycatcher; Blackcap; Sardinian Warbler; Cetti’s Warbler

Some great sightings there David and, at least, we can still find House Sparrows here whereas they seem to be a rapidly disappearing species back in the UK and, as you know, our Starlings are of the Spotless rather than Common (Northern) variety.  However, there seem to have been more reports this winter of Common Starlings being found with our resident species.

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  1. Holiday in the outskirts of Rincon de la Victoria.Every day we see some raptores circling above us.Sometimes it comes quite near.They seem to be somewhat red on their backs.Seems nearly white underside.The end of the tail is black (dark).Back home in norway we do not see this bird.The hawks do not circle that way.The eagles and kites does. Could you please help me?
    cincerly,Brage Bevolden

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