These are some of the birds we can spot here in September (R = resident; MB = migrant breding; P = on passage): Red-legged Partridge, Black Stork (P), Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture (MB/P), Osprey (P), Short-toed Snake Eagle (MB/P), Booted Eagle (MB/P), Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Kite (P), Honey Buzzard (P), Sparrowhawk (R/P), Peregrine Falcon, Wood Pigeon, Swift (MB/P), Pallid Swift (MB/P), Alpine Swift (P), Bee-eater (P), Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Nightingale (MB/P), Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Wren, Spotted Flycatcher (MB/P), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch and Greenfinch.
The Sierra de la Utrera is the European southernmost karst in Europe. It is located between Manilva and Casares, east of road A-377 to Gaucin, in the Western Costa del Sol District. Despite the sierra is not very extensive (around 2.3 kms. in length from north to south, excluding a big quarry that has devoured the south end of the mountain range, and 1.4 kms. in width), the limestone pavement and scrub on this plateau is impenetrable so the only place to have a look at is the so called “Canuto de la Utrera”, a narrow gorge across beautiful cliffs, east-west oriented, linking road A-377 and the Baños de la Hedionda.
This is a very good place to watch birds’ autumn migration near the coast in September as it is located in the flyway to The Straits, only 30 kms. away from Gibraltar.