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Birding in Spain’s Wild West

Salamanca, Spain tel: +34 923 165370 | birdinginspainswildwest@gmail.com | www.birdinginspainswildwest.com

Birdwatching Spain Trips

Birding in Spain’s Wild West is a small specialist tour operator eager to share a passion for Spanish birds and nature in general.

Based in the foothills of the Gredos and Bejar mountains in southern Salamanca – within the Biosphere reserve of Sierras de Bejar and Francia –  guides Vega and Alfonso have acquired in-depth knowledge of their surroundings, the fauna within as well as the cultural history.  A guided birdwatching Spain trip or tour involves not only seeing a large variety of bird and wildlife but an overall appreciation of the area and everything encountered: an ancient tree; a lizard or a dragonfly; the peculiar traditional architecture; the relationship between rural communities and the land.  They specialise in one day birding trips available throughout the year.

Spanish Birds

Rock thrush and Iberian Emerald lizard in Alpine mountains; Black vulture, Golden Eagle and Bee-eater in Holm oak ‘dehesas’ – grazed by cattle for millennia; Great bustard, Short-toed lark and Montagu’s harrier in rolling cereal ‘steppelands’; European pond terrapin, Black stork and Egyptian vulture in the Sierra de Francia; Sardinian warbler, Alpine Swift and Bonelli’s eagle in the Mediterranean scrubland and canyons of Arribes National park; are just some examples of what you might see with Birding in Spain’s Wild West.

Birding Ecotourism Guides

Trained as birding ecotourism guides, Vega and Alfonso have also studied animal tracks and have a good knowledge of amphibian, reptile and mammal residents. Included in their tours are sumptuous picnics, using local food products and catering for special diets.

They can help find friendly accommodation and tailor their Birding in Spain tours to match requirements for all ages and abilities.  Birding in Spain’s Wild West has recently joined ‘Tourism is for Everybody’ and is working on providing tour facilities for disabled visitors.

Between them Vega and Alfonso speak English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese, and are always happy to try another language!

Many of their customers have returned over the years: what better recommendation than that!

Lesser Kestrel

River Tormes & Sierra Ventosa

River Tormes & Sierra Ventosa

 
A one day tour visiting a medieval tower and bridge, River Tormes downstream, and

From €70 – View Itinerary

Candelario & Sierra de Bejar

Candelario & Sierra de Bejar

 
A one day tour through Alpine meadows, Oak and pine forest, moorland, streamside and

From €70 – View Itinerary

Steppes and Lagoons

 
A one day tour with a route around Campos de Alba cereal croplands in search of

From €70 – View Itinerary

Sierra de Francia & Batuecas

Sierra de Francia & Batuecas

 
A one day tour to see the lush Sierra de Francia which hosts Atlantic and Mediterranean

From €70 – View Itinerary

Arribes Natural Park

Arribes Natural Park

 
A one day tour to a Mediterranean micro-climate in western Salamanca and

From €70 – View Itinerary

For more birdwatching Spain trips visit the Birding in Spain’s Wild West website.

Please note Birding in Spain’s Wild West reserves the right to change listed pricing anytime at their discretion.  Please contact them directly to confirm.

Black Stork

Black Stork
 
This iconic shy bird is usually seen alone by quiet ponds and secluded river banks, breeding

Black Vulture

Black Vulture
 
It is always thrilling to see this large and dignified raptor, now luckily recovering in numbers

Pied Flycatcher Iberian

Pied Flycatcher Iberian
 
This Pied Flycatcher is an Iberian subspecies which breeds in the pine forests of  

Melodious Warbler

Birding in Spains Wild West
 
This beautiful yellow warbler is one of the larger and more visible warblers, especially in

Alpine Accentor

Alpine Accentor
 
A small mountain bird, surprisingly un-shy when spotted, is a worthy prize after

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush
 
Shy denizen of rocky outcrops, towers and ruins near water, the blue of the male and brown

Bee-eater

Bee-eater
 
It’s worth the trip out just to see and hear this delightful and colourful bringer of joy.  Always

Great Bustard

Great Bustard
 
This dignified bird has the presence of a regal landowner inspecting his lands as it

Short-toed Eagle

Short-toed Eagle
 
One of the most beautiful of Eagles which breed in the region, almost completely

Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel
 
This summer visitor specialises on large insects and has colonised apartments in small

Other Spanish Wildlife

Birds of interest include Crag martin, Cirl bunting, Rock Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Corn Bunting, Serin, Iberian grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Cuckoo, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Wryneck, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Woodlark, Calandria Lark, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Short-toed Treecreeper, Azure-winged Magpie, Turtle Dove, Black-eared Wheatear, Red-rumped swallow, Alpine Swift, Pallid Swift, Crag Martin, Greenshank, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Great White Egret, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Snipe, Jack snipe, Bluethroat, Crossbill, Crested Tit, Firecrest, Zitting Cisticola, Montagu’s Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Black kite, Red Kite, Black-winged Kite, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Great bustard, Black-bellied sandgrouse, Avocet, Shelduck, Spoonbill, common Crane, Penduline tit, Sardinian warbler, Dartford warbler, Western Orphean Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Sub-alpine Warbler, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Spotless Starling.

In the area, especially at dusk, it is possible to encounter various mammals: stone marten, genet, fox, badger and wild boar.  During the year Spanish Ibex Capra and Roe deer can be seen in the mountains and valleys of the Sierra de Francia.

Also present but less visible are Egyptian mongoose, Wild cat and Wolf.

Lizards frequently come across include Iberian Emerald lizard, Ocelated lizard and Iberian Rock Lizard, and two Skinks: Bedriaga’s and Western Three-toed Skinks. Amphibians sometimes present in stone drinking troughs and ponds are the giant Sharp-ribbed Salamander and the Marbled and Pygmy Newts, and occasionally the Fire Salamander including a local subspecies can be seen found in humid areas.

Be it the coconuty smell of the bright yellow Broom Cytisus oromediterraneus in the high mountains or the wonderful sticky-leafed flowering shrub Cistus ladanifer and the wild Lavender, Thyme and Rosemary of the lower hills, there is always a gorgeous scent in the air. Significant trees include centuries old Holm Oak, Ash and Sweet Chestnut, forests of Strawberry tree Arbutus and Hackberry Celtis australis and in Spring and early summer masses of flowers including wild Peony, Lupin and Foxglove growing on roadsides, fields and valleys.

Harrier Conservation Project
Birding in Spain’s Wild West participate in the Harrier Conservation Project with the local Spanish Ornithological Society by helping to locate and protect Harrier nests within cultivated cereal crops.

The farmers are contacted and asked to respect this portion of land without harvesting so that the chicks can be safely reared and fledged.  This usually involves staking a circular protective chicken wire fence around the nest and returning at intervals to check on the birds. Birding in Spain’s Wild West also collaborate with local hotels, restaurants and other businesses on joint ventures to encourage tourism in the area and thus provide work as well as environmental consciousness-raising for a generally depressed and underpopulated socio-economic region.

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