I’m just back from a non-birding holiday in Malta. Malta has a very limited range of breeding birds and is more noted for the huge numbers of birds that pass through on their migration in spring and autumn. However, I still managed some decent birds during a great holiday. Here are the highlights:
The first birds that I saw were a new species for me and I hadn’t even left the plane. The Maltese Islands hold thousands of Spanish Sparrow, and they can be very confiding.
Also seen during the first few days, were a Sardinian Warbler at Marsaskala to the south of the island, along with several Yellow-Legged Gulls and a Grey Wagtail in Floriana.
A stunning male Red-Veined Darter was also seen very well.
Also of note were the Maltese Wall Lizards which are endemic to the islands.