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Pyrenees Birding and Ebro Delta Tour, Spain - 8 Days

Pyrenees Birding and Ebro Delta Tour, Spain

Ebro Delta and Pyrenees Birdwatching Tour

This 8-day Ebro Delta and Pyrenees Birding Tour is a leisurely paced set-departure trip. You can expect to see over 200 species and enjoy both migratory birds and Spanish specialities along with incredible Pyrenean landscapes, delicious food and interesting historical and cultural experiences.

The Pyrenean mountain range is a wild corner of Europe where Lammergeiers are still common. Local communities here take steps to preserve their wildlife without impacting on their standard of living. The area provides an important corridor for migratory birds, which is what makes Pyrenees birding so exciting. Birds of prey, passerines, waterfowl and storks cross these massive mountains on their way between their breeding and overwintering areas.

"My wife and I did a tour with another couple (who we had never met before) to explore the autumn raptor migration and more. We stayed in the Pyrenees for 3 days birding and saw not only vast numbers of vultures, Honey Buzzards and eagles but had close encounters with Lammergeiers, Citril Finches and Black Woodpeckers... Good company, great birding, new friends and a few lifers. Strongly recommend!" - Prof Ciaran Meegan

This Ebro Delta and Pyrenees birding tour explores these amazing locations in late summer, which is an excellent time to enjoy large flocks of a bird of prey on their movements south: Honey Buzzards, Short-toed Snakes Eagles, Lesser Kestrels and White Storks. And we visit specific locations to try to enjoy this massive movement of birds. Many birds choose to cross the Pyrenees by the easiest way, via the low hills of coastal Catalonia.

During this season the wetlands appear full of waders, and in the largest of the marshy areas, such as Ebro Delta, it is easy to enjoy over 25 wader species in a single day. That's not to mention the excitment of large flocks of Collared Pratincoles and the mixed flocks of both Squacco and Night Herons flying south,. There are also a number of uncommon species around, including Temminck's Stint, Eurasian Dotterel and, if you're lucky, Pectoral Sandpiper.

While Catalan wetlands fill up with shorebirds, up in the Pyrenean slopes large flocks of Citril Finches and Chough (both Yellow & Red-billed) start to build up. In this season it is easy to see flocks of 30 or 40 Citril Finches together! Wallcreepers are also in the move, and local populations become more accessible.

Some areas that we explore during this Pyrenees birdwatching tour include the gorgeous "La Cerdanya" and the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. And we will have time to do some birding inside Andorra, the small Pyrenean country with strong Catalan roots.

Would you like to add a day trip to your Spanish birding experience? Have a look at the Llobregat Delta Birding Trip, Catalonia, Spain.

Alternative Tour Name: Pyrenees & Ebro Delta Bird Migration Tour
Day 1
Day 1

Meet and wellcome in the Barcelona International Airport. Transfer to Cadí-Moixeró NP, where the impressive limestone rocks host a wide variety of birds. Here we will look for some impressive species including Common Rock Thrush, Citril Finch, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Rock Bunting, Red-billed & Alpine Choughs, Common Crossbill and especially raptors like

Lammegeier and Golden Eagle. A pic-nic in the mountain pass we would let us have some of the first raptors in migration along with chances for some incredible birds like Wallcreeper and Dotterel. During the afternoon we will arrive to our hotel and,

after a rest, we will have some time to spot some good birds such as Dipper and Grey Wagtail nearby the hotel.

Day 2
Days 2 & 3

These two days we will enjoy raptor migration. During the morning we will visit good places for passerine migration. We are sleeping in La Cerdanya, a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Here we will look for Iberian Green Woodpecker, Rock

Sparrow, Cirl, Rock and even Ortolan Buntings, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodlark and Crested Lark. Flocks of Bee-eaters would move over us in their trip to Africa, sometimes joined by some Rollers. At mid morning we will go to some wonderful view points to enjoy the raptor migration. Here, an average day may include several Black Kites, Honey Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Marsh

Harriers, Montagu’s Harriers. Scarcer species includes Lesser Kestrel, Hobby and Egyptian Vulture. One of the two afternoons in Pyrenees will be free so you will enjoy of some time rest in our wonderful accommodation. It is worth, anyway, a walk in the nearby

meadows!! The other afternoon (the order will depend on weather conditions) we will go up the impressive alpine meadows to look

for better views on key species such as Citril Finch, Ring Ouzel, Common Crossbill, Lammergeier and to look for Firecrest, Crested Tit and the wonderful Black Woodpecker.

Day 3
Days 4 & 5

In our way to Ebro Delta we do an overnight in Lleida Steppes. This stop will help us to enjoy some good birding spots hosting good numbers of Western Orphean Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Turtle Dove, Thekla and Calandra Larks as well as Black Wheatears. Blue

Rock Thrush and Lesser Short-toed Lark can also appear along with migratory birds such as Common Redstart or Wryneck.

Day 4
Days 5, 6 & 7

Transfer to Ebro Delta (1.5 hours) and arrival to our hotel for a three nights stay. We will spend two full days to enjoy the variety of birds livin there. Greater Flamingo, Audouin’s & Slenderbilled Gull, Glossy Ibis, Purple Swamphen, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern and Squacco Heron are all common sights in this huge wetland. Along with them we will look for scarcer species such

as Caspian, Gull-billed & Little Terns, Purple & Night Herons, Collared Pratincole. We also check for early arriving Bluethroats while Penduline Tits, Moustached, Savi’s and Great Reed Warblers can appear almost everywhere! It is time of great migratory movements and waders can be really common. Curlew Sanpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiter, Pacific Golden Plover, Temminck’s Stint, Dotterel and Marsh Sanpiper are regularly seen in early September in Ebro Delta! Taking advantage of this amount of birds, Merlin, Eleonora’s Falcon and Montagu’s or, even, Pallid Harriers may be seen flying over the fields!

Day 5
Day 8

Last morning birding in Ebro or Llobregat Deltas depending on the timing to pick up some extra species. Final transfer to Barcelona International Airport (maximum 2 hours).

A wide range of birdlife but also some mammals including Pyrenean Chamois, Alpine Mamot or Spanish Ibex.

Over 210 species of birds including the (variable) raptor migration spectacle. Time to enjoy birds, and also time to take multiple photographies.

Specialities to be expected:

Little Bustard, Citril Finch, Blue Rock Thrush, Lammergeier, Eurasian Griffon, Golden Eagle, Black Woodpecker, Water Pipit, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Caspian, Gull-billed & Little Terns; Purple & Night Herons; Collared Pratincole; Penduline Tits, Moustached, Savi’s, Great Reed Warblers; Common Rock Thrush, Black Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Rock Bunting, Red-billed & Alpine Choughs, Common Crossbill, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Melodious Warbler, Bluethroat, Iberian Grey Shrike; Woodlark and Crested Lark. Flocks of Bee-eaters, Black Kites, Honey Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Marsh Harrier,

What is included?

  • Price includes guiding along the tour; all meals; transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle; accommodation in exclusive B&B and birding hotels in twin room; transportation expenses; drinking water; wine for dinner; travel insurance.

What is not included?

  • Personal items; Personal insurance; coffees and soft drinks in any meal and stops along the way; alcoholic drinks out of wine for dinner; any other item not listed as included.
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Autumn migration tour with Barcelona Birding Point
    Prof Ciaran Meegan09 Sep 2017







    My wife and I did a tour with another couple (who had never met before) to explore the autumn raptor migration and more We stayed in the Pyrenees for 3 days birding and saw not only vast numbers of vultures, honey buzzards, eagles but had close encounters with Lamamergeiers, citril finches and black woodpeckers. Onto the plains and we had lifers in the crippler Dupont's Lark and many Dotterels before culminating in the magnificent Ebro Delta.(Higlight a murmuration of millions of Glossy Ibis going to roost) Good company, great birding, new friends and a few lifers. Strongly recommend!

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Why book with Barcelona Birding Point?

Barcelona Birding Point is a birding travel agency created to provide quality guided birding and wildlife tours from our base in Barcelona. You will find a wide range of tours which cover the most outstanding birding areas in Catalonia and neighbouring regions. Our tours will lead you throughout some of the best birding locations in Spain where you can enjoy great views of the most sought after species along with stunning scenery in areas o great natural beauty.

Is the tour having any hiking?

No. We do chose specific locations to be explore by gentle walks, most of the times along lonely lanes and soft tracks.

Are there chances for bird photography?

Even if not being a photo tour, the trip allows multiple chances for bird photography, including excellent opportunities for raptor photography (Lammergeier, Eurasian Griffon). The tour spends some days at Ebro Day, a paradise for wildlife photographers with endless chances for photography iconic species such as Greater Flamingoes, Glossy Ibises, Herons, Gulls and a myriad of waders and warblers in migration. We take care to give time to our clients to take photos, and we always find the balance to make everyone happy.

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Tour Facts

  • Ebro Delta, Catalonia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 7 pax
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • End of August, early September
  • +11 years
  • English, Catalan, Spanish
  • Barcelona-El Prat International Airport or drop off in hotel nearby
  • Barcelona-El Prat International Airport