Malta - Birding Report April 2016

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My April trip to Malta gave me the opportunity to see some nice bird species, including a few lifers. Nevertheless, when you are a bird lover like me, the general feel on the island is pretty disheartening, as the hunting and trapping issue in Malta deeply impacts its birdlife. Here is the list of species spotted: 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

Blue Rock-thrush (Monticola solitarius)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)

Northern House Martin (Delichon urbicum)

Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)

Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)

Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)

Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans)

Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

 

JAG