Birdwatching has become very popular in recent years, especially among enthusiasts of ourfeathered friends. Mijas, being located in a strategic place because it is a city close to the African continent, becomes a passageway for migratory birds. “The municipality has two bird watching points”, explained the councillor for the Environment in the Mijas Town Hall, Arancha López (C’s), “one is located on the coast, in the area of the Calaburras Lighthouse, where you can see species of coastal birds, and another called the Mirador de las Águilas, which is situated in a mountain area where you can see all the birds that migrate, in addition to those that reside in Mijas, and species from the smallest to the largest birds of prey”. It is an ideal place for ornithologists and enthusiasts of this activity which the Department for the Environment is promoting in the press and social networks so that all can know the charms of these locations. The Mirador de las Águilas is located in Sierra Alpujata, in a watchtower, according to the website of the Mijas Town Hall, in a very good situation to enjoy the viewing the migration of birds, “such as storks or herons, who need hot air or wind from the hillside to be able to ascend and gain height to continue traveling”, commented Paco Ríos, an amateur ornithologist. The councillor for the Environment in the Mijas Town Hall recommends visiting the viewpoint in the months of spring and autumn, when active migration is observed. Booted eagles, European short-toed, hawks, and bee-eaters, among the birds of prey, and swallows, swifts and bee-eaters among the smaller ones, are some of the birds that, with a bit of luck, you can observe flying over Mijas from the Mirador de las Águilas. 

What is ‘birdwatching’? It is a hobby based on the knowledge in being able to recognise the different species of birds through their taxonomy, taking into account plumage or song among other factors. The truth is that birdwatching is becomning an increasingly popular activity today.

Locate the bird species.  Through the Mijas Town Hall website (www.mijas.es) you can consult an ‘online’ site that is in charge of collecting, day by day, all the birds sighted. On the web, you can see from the counting period, through time and temperature, and even the observers at the time of the sighting. Visit the web page: https://www.trektellen.org/count/view/416/20190929

Source: Mijas Semanal