Sunday, 23 July 2017

Spain - Day 2, Sevilla, 18th July 2017

After waking up very early for a day trip to Sevilla, we were all on the coach by 6:30am. Much to my grief, I fell asleep for the journey through the mountains so saw nothing on the way bar a Peregrine nearer arrival.
When we arrived, there were lots of Sparrows, Goldfinches, Collared Doves and Swifts - this time the Swifts included both Common and a few White-rumped Swift. 
While walking towards the Spanish cathedral - where there were Lesser Kestrels nesting last year - and the 'Alcazar' I spotted a Short-Toed Treecreeper sidling up a tree. Since we were sightseeing not birdwatching I couldn't stop for pictures :(
After walking around all the normal birds had been seen with the bonus of a Sandpiper sp. on the River Guadalquivir, and a Spotted flycatcher in the park Maria Luisa.

Collared Dove

Spotted Flycatcher

Sparrow on lamp

In the Alcazar gardens, there was another Spotted Flycatcher and lots of Parakeets. A warbler species flew across, but I couldn't identify it from the fly-through.

Spotted Flycatcher
Soon after, with no sign of the Lesser Kestrels, we set off back towards Malaga.
What an incredible journey. The only downfall was that I couldn't take a single good flipping picture as the coach continually bumped along. On the way, it started with one bird of prey. Golden eagle. No pictures πŸ˜’. Within an hour, Black kite, Common Buzzard, Griffon Vulture, Booted eagle and Short-Toed Eagle had all made the list. With a rubbish tip on the way, around 30 Black Kites circled as did many more White Storks and a few Black. Another bird of prey arrived, but only a silhouette. . As did another. Not sure which species for either.
White Storks


In the evening, I thought I heard a Common Bulbul, but might have been mistaken for another bird.
The next day was a day where the plan was to go to Ronda in the mountains - a day I had been looking forward to for a long time!


  1. Chances are your gulls were yellow legged, and starlings in Malaga tend to be spotless.Eleonoras Falcon only breeds in the Balearics so is unlikely. Identifying raptors from a moving bus is a challenge, always assume it's a common species unless it's unmistakable. Nice to get something different from the ordinary which is why πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ is fun and challenging especially small warblers.

    1. Thanks.
      The diversity in Spain is definitely more than the UK!

  2. Long legged buzzard is also a long shot if you look at distribution maps πŸ˜€