There are plenty of birds to be seen in and around Nerja, and without having to go very far at all.
The rio Chillar does not always have flowing water, in fact it has had hardly any for the past year, but it still attracts the birds. At the mouth of the river, by El Playazo beach, particularly if there is any flowing water, you are liable to see: Swallow, Martins, Goldfinch, Serin, Siskin, Pipits, Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Black Redstart, Sparrow, Cattle Egret, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail and various warblers.
Follow the walkway and from the first small road bridge to the main Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) you can also, depending upon the time of year, add: Greenfinch, Great Tit, Robin, Woodchat Shrike, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Spanish Sparrow, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Spotless Starling, Blackbird, Linnet, Kestrel, Booted Eagle, Stonechat.
Continuing past Puente Viejo, you may well come across European Bee-eaters in the spring, often perched on the overhead wires waiting for their lunch to appear. Swallows and Martins also regularly fly up and down the river, dipping into the water. This stretch is more likely to have a bit of water than at the mouth of the river.
Plenty of dragonflies and damselflies along this stretch, too. This is all on the edge of the urban area, maybe a 15 or 20 minute walk from the centre of town.
El Playazo beach
Gulls, of course, but close to the beach and in the farmland just behind the restaurants you may also see Cattle Egrets, Hoopoe and Kentish Plover.
Opposite the Lidl supermarket is an area of land where it is not uncommon to see Woodpeckers and Bee-eaters. Look down as well as up as the Green Woodpecker feeds on the ground.
This is an up-to-date list of birds I have (so far) spotted in Nerja itself or just outside. You don’t have to go very far to see a variety of birds, but you may well have to be patient and search through the trees or undergrowth to find them.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Iberian Green Woodpecker
Little Ringed Plover
For ‘pop in the pocket’ but good quality bins at a reasonable price, I’ve found these Steiner Safari binoculars to be pretty good. Great for travelling light.