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Extremadura Birding and Gredos Mountains Tour, Spain - 6 Days

Extremadura Birding and Gredos Mountains Tour, Spain
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Spring Birding in Extremadura & the Gredos Mountains, Spain

This 6-day Extremadura Birding and Gredos Mountains Tour is a relaxing set departure tour that runs in spring. It takes in some of the very best birdwatching spots in Europe: the Spanish region of Extremadura and the Gredos Mountains. Our base for the six days will be a comfortable lodge with fine local food and wine!

Extremadura is considered to be one of the birding jewels of Europe and you will soon understand why. This region, which forms a triangle with the Tietar Valley and the Gredos Mountains, has vast areas of almost untouched habitats. Traditional farming has favoured the preservation of large trees and grass meadows filled with wildflowers. The ancient oaks trees provide hundreds of hollows for nesting birds and other wildlife, so it's not surprising that you can find large numbers of Little Owls, Eurasian Rollers, Hoopoes and Iberian Green Woodpeckers.

"My husband and I (both seniors and enthusiastic beginners at birdwatching) enjoyed several bird tours with Carles Oliver over several years. We started with a half day tour near Barcelona and, on subsequent visits to Barcelona we went on a one day and then on two three day tours (Pyrenees and Ebro Delta). Carles is a knowledgeable and accommodating guide who made sure we had a great time every time." - Elizabeth Allen

In addition, these trees are a magnificent nesting place for some species of raptors, which means many Booted Eagles and Black Kites. Along with these can be found the endemic Spanish Imperial Eagle, a bird of prey that has been recovering from its previous status as critically endangered.

Birding in Extremadura and the Gredos Mountains offers even more delights as the area supports many more Spanish specialities. The grasslands host good populations of Great Bustards, larks and sandgrouse. Here, although their numbers have been decreasing, it's still possible to see Little Bustards. Great Spotted Cuckoos, Collared Pratincoles and Black-winged Kites are other goodies to enjoy in the open lands of this beautiful area.

Another major attraction of birding in Extremadura is the endemic Iberian Magpie, a lovely bird that lives in small flocks in the open oak forests, known as dehesas. All these areas are noted for the number of insectivores they contain - Pallid Swifts, Rollers, Bee-eaters, Woodchat Shrikes, Woodlarks, Iberian Grey Shrikes and Lesser Kestrels can be extremely common. And don't forget the recently split Iberian Flycatcher!

In Extremadura and the Gredos Mountains you can also find impressive wetlands for birding. During the tour we will visit some of the best marshes and lagoons in western Spain to look for Western Swamphens, Savi's Warblers, Greater Flamingoes, Little Bitterns, White-headed and Ferruginous Ducks. If we're lucky we may enjoy one of the extremely rare Marbled Teals, Greater Bittern or Spotted Crake.

In the Gredos Mountains we can find a fine selection of mountain birds along with the impressive Spanish Ibex. Common Rock Thrushes can be common here and share a starring role with Bluethroat, including the lesser-known blue-spotted form. In addition, the area hosts both Ortolan and Rock Buntings, Water Pipit and Citril Finch. The latter are more scarce here than in the Pyrenees, which makes them a fun challenge to find!

Extremadura Birding and Gredos Mountains Tour highlights include:

  • Wildflower meadows and ancient oak forests filled with nesting birds
  • Imperial Eagles and many other raptor species
  • Flocks of endemic Iberian Magpies
  • Wetland specialists - Greater Flamingos, bitterns and the rare Marbled Teal
  • Mountain species, including the blue-spotted form of Bluethroat

If this tour isn't absolutely perfect for you, we will be happy to create the ideal Extremadura birdwatching tour to explore this area.

Like the look of this tour but keen to explore what else is on offer? Take a look at the North-East of Spain Birding Tour, Catalonia & Aragon. 

Alternative Tour Name: Spain in Spring Birding Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - La Mancha Ponds

Arrival at Madrid Airport or at another, previously arranged, meeting place. On the first day we will explore the endorheic wetlands south of Madrid, known as "La Mancha Húmeda". Here we will encounter good numbers of White-headed Ducks along with Red-crested Pochard, Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Greater Flamingo and, if we're lucky, Marbled Teals.

The reedbeds here are great for a variety of birds and we can usually find Zitting Cisticola, Cetti's Warbler, Eurasian & Great Reed Warblers along with Bearded Tits. A small number of Moustached Warblers nest in the area, which we might be fortunate to spot.

While enjoying the flocks of Spanish Sparrows, we will also have time to note a good number of migratory birds. In previous years this pond has produced Pied Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey, Water Pipit and Black-necked Grebe in the same week that we are running this tour. Spotted Crake, Sedge Warbler and Pallid Harrier have also occurred during our visits here, but they are a little more scarce.

After a morning enjoying the area we will have a light lunch at a nearby restaurant before the transfer to our accommodation (about 90 minutes). In the afternoon we will bird around our accommodation where we can easily have our first views of Black-winged Kite, Cinereous Vulture or even Spanish Imperial Eagle. Woodlark, Red-rumped Swallow, Common Cuckoo, European Serin, Sardinian Warbler, Spanish Magpie, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike and Short-toed Snake Eagle all nest around the resort.

Day 2
Day 2 - Tietar Valley & Arrocampo

Today we will explore the lovely Tietar Valley. Here, a landscape of ancient Holm Oaks frames great views of Cinereous and Griffon Vultures, Black Storks, Iberian Flycatcher, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Spanish Magpie, Western Orphean Warbler, Kentish Plover and Ruddy Shelduck.

In the afternoon we will explore the Arrocampo wetlands until sunset. Here it is possible to enjoy good sightings of Savi's Warbler, Little Bittern, Black-winged Kite, Ferruginous Duck, Gull-billed Tern, Penduline Tit and, possibly, Greater Bittern and Spotted Crake along with a good list of migratory birds.

Day 3
Day 3 - Trujillo

On Day 3 we will explore the well-known grasslands around Trujillo. Here, we expect to enjoy great views of displaying Great Bustards along with flocks of Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse. The area also hosts good numbers of Montagu's Harriers and Great Spotted Cuckoos.

The raptor action in Trujillo is always great and Cinereous and Griffon Vultures are always crossing the skies. Along with them will be Short-toed, Booted and Snake Eagles and Black Kites - a symphony of birds of prey!

In the afternoon we will explore the scrublands around the town that can provide us with Subalpine, Western Orphean and Melodious Warblers. A small patch of low vegetation hosts the last Black Wheatears in Western Spain. Rock Sparrow, Blue Rock Thrush and Little Owl are other birds that can appear in the area.

Day 4
Day 4 - Gredos Mountains

The Gredos Mountains are the tallest in Central Iberia. A impressive range that climbs to over 2.000m above sea level. We will spend most of the day here, exploring different corners of the mountains and valleys.

Even if we are concentrating on passerines, it is always important to check the skies as this is a great place to enjoy Golden Eagles. In the scrublands, above the tree line, we will look for the "blue-spotted" Bluethroats, a nesting form of this shy ground flycatcher. Dartford Warbler, Ortolan and Rock Buntings, Water Pipit and Citril Finch can also appear in these lush bushlands.

Wherever a rocky outcrop appears, we will scan for Common Rock Thrush, a rather elusive wonder of the rocky mountains around the Mediterranean.

On our way up and down the mountains we will enjoy a few stops for views of common forest birds such as Eurasian Robin or Eurasian Jay, Hawfinch and Firecrest.

Day 5
Day 5 -Monfragüe National Park

This National Park became famous decades ago as one of the easiest places to see what was then the very scarce Spanish Imperial Eagles and Black Storks. Nowadays these species have recovered a lot in numbers and are present is several other areas, but this National Park continues to be a great place to spend the day watching them.

The park has two famous vulture colonies (one of the few in Extremadura because there are not many appropriate places for them to nest) where tens of pairs of Griffons nest along with some pairs of Black Storks and one or two pairs of Egyptian Vultures.

We will spend the morning visiting the surrounding grasslands for Great Bustards, Little Bustards, Sandgrouse and other plains species. At midday we will visit an interesting wetland south of Gredos where we normally have plenty of activity. A recent visit yielded 53 Collared Pratincoles, Thekla Lark, Eurasian Black Tern, Kingfisher, Common Waxbill, Temminck's and Little Stints and European Otter!

In the afternoon, we will explore Monfragüe itself to enjoy the vultures, Rock Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush, Alpine Swift and, if we are extremely lucky, Bonelli's Eagle, which only has two territories left in this area of Spain.

Day 6
Day 6 - Arrocampo & Tietar Valley

On the last day of the tour we normally drop off our guests in Madrid in the mid afternoon. This gives us a long morning to enjoy some more Extremadura birding as there is so much of it to do!

Depending on what species we have already seen, we can choose to enjoy more bustards & sandgrouse or spend the morning in Gredos for better views of Spanish Ibexes and Common Rock Thrushes.

Normally we plan on an early visit to Arrocampo wetland as the Savi's Warblers, Ferruginous Ducks and Spotted Crakes are well worth a second visit!

White-headed Ducks, Red-crested Pochard, Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Greater Flamingo, Cinereous and Griffon Vultures, Black Storks, Iberian Flycatcher, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Spanish Magpie, Western Orphean Warbler, Kentish Plover, Ruddy Shelduck, Savi’s Warbler, Black-winged Kite, Ferruginous Duck, Gull-billed Tern, Penduline Tit, Short-toed, Booted and Snake Eagles, Black Kites, Great Bustards, Montagu’s Harriers, Great Spotted Cuckoos, Rock Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush, Alpine Swift.

What is included?

  • Pick up/drop off in your accommodation nearby Madrid International Airport;
  • transportation along the tour; guiding services; breakfasts, lunches and evening meals; accommodation in 3 or 4 stars hotel (depending on availability) in twin room;
  • fees and entrances to natural areas if necessary.

What is not included?

  • Insurances
  • Visa Fees
  • All drinks along the tour out of water;
  • Other unspecified costs in the itinerary
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. Excellent experience
    Elizabeth Allen06 Jan 2017
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    My husband and I (both seniors and enthusiastic beginners at birdwatching) enjoyed several bird tours with Carles Oliver over several years. We started with a half day tour near Barcelona and, on subsequent visits to Barcelona we went on a one day and then on two three day tours (Pyrenees and Ebro Delta). Carles is a knowledgeable and accommodating guide who made sure we had a great time every time.
  2. Barcelona surroundings
    Maria16 Mar 2018
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    One perfect day of birding with Carles Oliver. We visited four different places during the day, and saw and heard many species of warblers and several iberian woodpeckers to mention a few of the species. Carles knew where to find the birds and was a great guide. I really recommend Barcelona Birding Point to all birders.

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Tour Facts

  • Extremadura, Spain
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 6 pax
  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • March to mid May
  • +11 years
  • English, Catalan, Spanish
  • Madrid International Airport or accommodation nearby
  • Madrid International Airport or accommodation nearby