Winter Wonders Birding Tour of Northern Spain
Our 8-day Birding in Aragon & Catalonia Tour of Northern Spain is a full week birding itinerary during winter which runs from the beginning of November through to the end of February. We will be going in search of some of Spain's most sought after species, and taking in some magnificent birding spectacles along the way. This winter birding tour is a 3 centre experience which showcases 3 magnificent but diverse birding regions:
Ebro Delta: The first location we will be birding is the Ebro Delta, where we will spend a day enjoying the best of the wetland's resident bird-life and checking out some of the winter visitors. We can expect to see vast flocks of Greater Flamingos feeding in the saline lagoons of the Delta, and congregations of Glossy Ibis, herons & egrets in the now boggy fields. The delta is a winter refuge for many varieties of wildfowl and wading birds, and raptors abound with multiple Marsh Harriers, Booted Eagles and a good chance of Merlin. Rare passerines such as Moustached Warbler and Bluethroat can usually be found.
Laguna de Gallocanta: The second leg of this winter birding trip sees us depart to Gallocanta in the dry-land plains to the south of Zaragoza, where we will spend 2 days birding around the famous Laguna, which is Spain's largest natural lake. Alongside a huge wintering population of Common Cranes (which can number up to 60,000 birds during peak passage times of early November and late February!), we can also target Great & Little Bustard and enjoy sightings of raptors like Hen Harrier & Golden Eagle.
Sierra de Gaura: For the final leg of the tour we depart for Alquezar in the pre-Pyrenean region of the Sierra de Gaura. Dubbed 'the land of the Lammergeier', we will be searching for this rarest of vultures, along with another popular birding target, the beautiful but elusive Wallcreeper, which comes down from the high Pyrenees to over winter at lower altitudes on the cliffs and canyons of the Gaura. There are plenty of other species to be found in this mountainous zone, including the likes of Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler & Citril Finch.
This week long birding tour includes private airport transfers from Barcelona International Airport, and accommodation throughout the duration of the tour at comfortable Guest Houses situated in the different birding regions.
Winter Birding in Aragon & Catalonia Tour, 5 highlights:
- Beautiful Bluethroats on the Ebro Delta leg of the tour
- Vast groups of Cranes feeding in the fields around Laguna de Gallocanta
- The rare and magnificent Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) in the Sierra de Gaura
- Scouring the rock faces for the wonderful Wallcreeper in the Gaura, such a rewardeing bird to find!
- Winter sunshine, enjoy the wonderful clear days and feel the sun on your back in these fantastic locations