Bird Sightings List 2010

The thing that keeps birdwatching fresh, particularly here, is that every year is different in terms of birds seen and you just can’t predict what may be waiting for you to find in even familiar locations. I didn’t get out and about locally as much as I would have liked to during 2010, so I may have missed a few passage migrants from my lists of previous years. We also missed visiting a few locations due to the particularly wet winter weather, but those we did make more than made up for that. The list is an honest one and does not include sightings of birds we may have seen at certain locations in previous years.

The most memorable outings were those to Brazo del Este, in May , particularly for Herons, and Sierra de las Nieves for a wonderful sighting of  Rock Buntings. Again, we have been to these locations and ticked more species, but the quality of the sightings more than made up for any omissions. A personal first sighting (in Spain) for me were those of Great White Egrets, one at La Janda. then another at Brazo del Este. An unexpected sighting was of a lone Sacred Ibis, again at Brazo del Este, it was with a Spoonbill flock.

A special sight in my garden was of  Short-toed Creepers; two ‘babies’ left their nest and clung for dear life to the trunk of a palm tree where they were fed by their parents.


Locations of sightings & abbreviations used:

Sotogrande garden/locality (STGDN/LC); Sotogrande Reserve(STGRES); Guadiaro Estuary(GDREST)Alcaidesa ALCDS; La Almoraima(ALMRMA); Castellar area(CSTLLR); Gaucin area(GCN); Jimena area (JMNA); Marchenilla(MCHNLL); La Janda(LJNDA); Tarifa area(TRFA); Brazo del Este(BRZDEST);Sierra de las Nieves(SRRNVS);Laguna Medina Sidonia (LGMDSID)

Some birds were found in all or most of the locations mentioned and/or seen frequently on journeys etc.; they are marked as Multi – locational (ML)and/or Widespread & Common (W&C). Others may have been seen on passage, so are marked (psg), plus the  location if it was specific or outside passage periods. (For example Black Kites on passage were a very common sight, but some do stay to breed, esp. around the general Doñana area & we saw some at Brazo del Este in May.)


  • Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis – (STGRES)
  • Gannet Sula bassana – (ALCDS), (TRFA)
  • Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo – (ALCDS),(GDEST), (TRFA), (LJNDA)
  • Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax – (BRZDEST)
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis – (ML),(W&C)
  • Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides – (BRZDEST)
  • Little Egret Egretta Garzetta – (STGRES)
  • Great White Egret Egretta Alba LJNDA),(BRSDEST)
  • Grey Heron Ardea cinerea – (STGRES), (LJNDA), (BRZDEST)
  • Purple Heron Ardea purpurea – (BRZDEST)
  • White Stork Ciconia alba – (JIMNA), (MCHNLL), (LJNDA), (BRZDEST)
  • Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus(BRZDEST)
  • Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia – (LJNDA), (BRZDEST)
  • Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber – (BRZDEST)
  • Mallard Anas platyrhyncos -(STGRES)
  • Black-winged Kite (Elanus caerulus) – (LJNDA)
  • Black Kite Milvus migrans – (W&C psg), (BRZDEST)
  • Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus – (GCN),(JMNA)
  • Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus – (STGRES),(LJNDA)
  • Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus – (STGDN/LC), (ALMRMA),(MCHNLL)
  • Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus – (STGDN/LC psg)
  • Buzzard Buteo buteo – (CSTLLR),(MCHNLL),(ML)
  • Booted Eagle Hieraatus pennatus (ALMRMA psg), (W&C)
  • Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus – (ALMRMA),(GCN)
  • Kestrel Falco tinnunculus (ML),(W&C)
  • Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni – (JMNA), (CSTLLR)
  • Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa – (CSTLLR),(GCN),(LJNDA)
  • Pheasant Phasianus colchicus – (LJNDA)
  • Moorhen Gallinula chloropus – (STGRES), (BRZDEST)
  • Coot Fulica atra – (STGRES), (BRZDES), (LGMDSID)
  • Purple Gallinule/Swamp hen Porphyrio porphyrio – (STGRES)
  • Common Crane Grus grus – (LJNDA)
  • Black-winged Stilt Himanoptus himanoptus – (BRZDEST)
  • Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta – (BRZDEST)
  • Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola – (BRZDEST)
  • Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula – (STGRES)
  • Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus- (STGRES),(GDREST)
  • Turnstone Arenaria interpres – (STGRES)
  • Sanderling Calidris alba – (STGRES), (TRFA)
  • Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus (STGRES),(LJNDA)
  • Yellow-legged Gull Larus carchinnans – (W&C)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus – (STGRES)
  • Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis – (STGRES),(TRFA)
  • Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus (BRZDEST)
  • Woodpigeon Columba palumbus- (STGLC), (LJNDA)
  • Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto – (STGLC),(TRFA),(MCHNLLA)
  • Pallid Swift Apus pallidus – (ALMRMA)
  • Swift Apus apus – (STGLC), (MCHNLL), (W&C)
  • Kingfisher Acedo atthis – (STGDN)
  • Bee-eater Merops apiaster – (ALMRMA), (STGLC),(BRZDEST)
  • Hoopoe – Upupa epops – (STGLC)
  • Gt Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major – (STGLC)
  • Crested Lark Galerida cristata – (STGRES), (W&C)
  • Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne fuligula – (STGLC),(TRFA)
  • Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica – (ALCDSA),(MRCHNLL)
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica – (STGLC),(MCHNLL)(W&C)
  • House Martin Delichon urbica – (STGLC),(MCHNLL),(W&C)
  • Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis – (STGDN),(MCHNLL),(LJNDA)
  • Pied (White) Wagtail Motacilla alba – (STGDN), (W&C)
  • Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea- (STGDN),MCHNLL)
  • Wren Troglodytes troglodytes – (STGDN),(ALMRM)
  • Robin Erithacus rubicula – (STGDN),(ALMRM)
  • Nightingale Luscinia megarhyncos – (STGDN),(LGMEDSID),(W&C)
  • Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros – (STGDN),(W&C)
  • Stonechat Saxicola torquata – (STGRES),(ALCDSA),(MCHNLL)
  • Blackbird Turdus merula – (STGDN),(ALMRM)
  • Song Thrush Turdus philomelos – (STGDN),(GCN)
  • Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus – (ALMRMA)
  • Savi’s Warbler Locustella lusciniodes – (BRZDEST)
  • Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola jundicis – (STGRES),(LJNDA),(BRZDEST)
  • Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cettia – (SOTORES),(BRZDEST),(LGMEDSID),(W&C)
  • Gt Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus – (BRZDEST),(LGMDSID)
  • Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus – (BRZDEST)
  • Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans – (SRRNVS)
  • Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla- (STGDN),(ALMRM),(MCHNLL)
  • Sardinian Warbler – Sylvia melanocephala (SOTOGDN),(STGRES),(W&C)
  • Chifchaff Phylloscopus collybita – (STGDN),(STGRES),(ALMRMA),(W&C)
  • Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus iberica – (ALMRMA)
  • Crested Tit Parus cristatus – (ALMRMA),(SRRNVS)
  • Blue Tit Parus caerulus – (STGDN),(SRRNVES,(ALMRMA),(W&C)
  • Great Tit Parus major – (STGDN),(ALMRMA),(SRRNVS)
  • Coal Tit Parus ater – (SRRNVS)
  • Nuthatch Sitta europaea – (SRRNVS)
  • Short-toed Treecreeper – Certhia brachydactyla – (STGDN,(SRRNVS)
  • Woodchat Shrike – Lanius Senator (ALMRMA),(GCN)
  • Spotless Starling – Sturnus vulgaris (STGD),(MCHNLL),(W&C)
  • Jay Garrulus glandarius – (STGD),(ALMRMA),(SRRNVS)
  • Raven Corvus corax – (GCN),(MCHNLL)
  • House Sparrow – Passer domesticus – (STGD), (ALMRMA),(LJNDA)
  • Common Waxbill – Estrilda astrild – (BRZDEST)
  • Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs (STGD),(ALMRMA),(SRRNVS)
  • Serin – Serinus serinus – (STGD),(ALMRMA),(MCHNLL),(LJNDA)
  • Siskin – Carduelis spinus – (STGD)
  • Greenfinch – Carduelis chloris – (STGD),(STGRES)
  • Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis – (STGD),(ALMRMA),(MCHNLL),(W&C)
  • Linnet – Carduelis cannabina – (ALCDSA),(LJNDA)
  • Crossbill – Loxia curvirostra – (SRRNVS)
  • Corn Bunting – Milaria calandra – (ALCDSA),(GCN),(JMN),(LJNDA)
  • Cirl Bunting – Emberiza citrinella – (BRZDEST),(ALCDSA)
  • Rock Bunting – Emberiza cia – (SRRNVS)

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