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Ebro Delta Northern Birdwatching Trip, Spain
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Birdwatching Trip in Northern Ebro Delta

An Ebro Delta Birdwatching day trip by car and foot where we will explore some of the best birding sites in the Northern section of the Ebro Delta.

We will be taking in some different habitats during an interesting and varied birding trip, and this will begin in the countryside situated to the edge of the Ebro Delta where we will be looking for popular species like Hoopoe, European Bee-eater and Golden Oriole in scrub & woodland environments on the periphery of the wetlands. As the morning progresses we will move into more classic delta habitat and spend some time at the Lo Golero marshes, a large reserve area which is teeming with wildfowl, warblers & herons and is patrolled continuously by Marsh Harriers. Adjacent to this site, we have the bay of Fangar, a shallow water marine environment that is a mecca for waders, gulls and terns, as well as Osprey during the migration period.

As with all of our birding tours, we offer our clients a choice at lunchtime. We can stop off and sample some of the delicious cuisine of the region, with mouth watering seafood paellas being a local speciality that many are keen to sample at charming local eateries. Alternatively we can choose to take a picnic and find suitable outdoor eating areas as an al fresco option.

Your Ebro Delta birdwatching trip will continue in the afternoon with a slow journey through the agricultural zone as we head towards the estuary at Riumar. In the rice fields we can find a great abundance of birds including huge flocks of Glossy Ibis and other waders, probing for food in the boggy fields. The tour culminates in the vicinity of Riumar, where we can observe many different species of wildfowl from the tall observation towers overlooking El Garxal, offering splendid vistas of the river mouth.

Northern Ebro Delta birdwatching tour - 5 highlights:

  • Observe the charismatic Hoopoe at close quarters!
  • Multiple Marsh Harriers quartering low over the reed-beds at Lo Golero!
  • Vast flocks of varied waders in the bay of Fangar!
  • Osprey fishing in the shallow waters during the migration seasons!
  • Hordes of Glossy Ibis busily feeding in the agricultural zone!
Day 1
Full Day Trip

Morning - Lo Golero Filtre Verd & Badia del Fangar

This location offers a massive variety of possible sightings, because we have marshland on one side and a shallow coastal bay on the other. Badia del Fangar offers a huge variety of waders with Flamingos almost guaranteed. The Filtre Verd on the other side is brilliant for Herons, Bitterns and Ducks, with rarities like Purple Swamp-hen virtually guaranteed. Marsh Harriers can be seen hunting low over the reeds and provide great photo opportunities. Many warblers, buntings etc inhabit the reeds and also coastal gorse in these locations.

Afternoon - Riumar & El Garxal

We will break off for lunch sometime after midday (why not sample a delicious bargain 'menu del dia' in Deltebre?) and head slowly down to Riumar through the rice fields where various birds such as Glossy Ibis and Great Egret are certain to be encountered. We will then spend some time at 'el Garxal'. This saline lagoon has some well constructed bird watching hides where we can observe Flamingos and a great variety of waterfowl and get some excellent photo opportunities.

Target species on the Ebro Delta north tour include: Shelduck, Gadwall, Garganey, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Little Grebe, Great-crested grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Bittern, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Spoonbill, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Osprey, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Merlin, Hobby, Peregrine, Water Rail, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Temminck’s Stint, Dunlin, Little Stint, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Collared Pratincole, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black tern, Sandwich tern, Common Tern, Roseate Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Little Owl, Scops Owl, Nightjar, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike, Penduline Tit, Crested Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Short-toed Lark, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Zitting Cristicola, Mistle Thrush, Nightingale, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Red-throated Pipit, Water Pipit, Serin, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Purple Swamp-hen, Glossy Ibis

What is included?

  • Collection / drop off from local accommodation or local train station
  • Cooler with drinks and refreshments
  • Spare binoculars on request
  • Spotting scope

What is not included?

  • International Flight Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sun protection (Hats / creams / glasses)
  • Mosquito repellent
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  1. Great tour of Delta
    Steve Clough05 Oct 2019
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    Al was an excellent guide for the day. He knows the area extremely well and has great knowledge of the species you are likely to encounter on your trip. A fantastic way to get to know the Ebro Delta area - highly recommended!

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Why book with Ebro Delta Birding?

The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of Europe’s premier wetland bird watching destinations. A wide variety of watery habitats can be found within > 320 square kilometres of the natural park, with diverse environments ranging from salt marshes and sand dunes to river bank and woodland. This range of habitats attracts a bewildering selection of birdlife with a species list exceeding 300 varieties!

Is there much strenuous walking involved?

No, this tour is mainly from vehicle with just a few leisurely strolls to hides / observatories

What should I bring?

We recommend that you bring the following items: - Insect repellent - Sun cream / hat / glasses - Clothing appropriate to the season - Binoculars (although spare sets are available on request)

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Tour Facts

  • Ebro Delta Natural park
  • On Request
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 1 to 6 people
  • Approx. 8 hours
  • Spring Migration (mid March - mid May), Autumn Migration (mid August - mid October)
  • +12 years (accommpanied by adult)
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English