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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Birding Málaga

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Quejigales - Puerto de Los Pilones

These are some of the birds we can find here at this time of year: Red-legged Partridge, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Wood Pigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodlark, Meadow Pipit, Alpine Accentor, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Ring Ouzel, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Crested Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Jay, Chough, Raven, Spotless Starling, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Goldfinch, Siskin, Serin, Hawfinch, Common Crossbill, Cirl Bunting and Rock Bunting. There are also regular winter records of Fieldfare, Brambling and Bullfinch in this area.

Itinerary

Los Quejigales is a recreational facility at the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Reserve, to the east of the Serrania de Ronda District. It is the start of a path to the Torrecilla, the highest peak in Malaga province (1.919 m. above sea level). The track to Los Quejigales from the road Ronda-San Pedro goes across a wonderful Mediterranean forest. Once at the recreational facilities, the path to the Torrecilla goes through a pine tree forest, a fantastic “pinsapar” (Spanish fir forest) and a hedgehog scrub area at Puerto (mountain pass) de Los Pilones.

The trail to Los Quejigales is closed to motor vehicles during the summer season due to the high risk of fire so November is the perfect time to come back here and welcome the arrival of thrushes from northern Europe and Alpine Accentors from Sierra Nevada.