Pyrenees Birdwatching Tour
The Pyrenees, a wild corner of Europe where Lammergeiers are still common, and where local communities have been able to find the diffuse path of preserving wildlife while achieving comfortable standards of living. But the Pyrenees are also an important corridor for migratory birds. Birds of prey, passerines, but also waterfowl and Storks struggle to cross these massive mountains on their way to reach both their nesting and overwintering spots.
Pyrenees Birdwatching Tour explores this amazing land during late summer. This is an excellent time to enjoy large flocks of a bird of prey in the movement South: Honey Buzzards, Short-toed Snakes Eagles, Lesser Kestrels and White Storks are moving these days, and we will visit specific corners to try to enjoy these massive movements of birds. But many birds chose to cross the Pyrenees by its easiest way, the mild hills of coastal Catalonia. Yes, during this season, all wetlands in the country appear full of waders, and in the largest wetlands such as Ebro Delta (Delta de l'Ebre) it is easy to enjoy over 25 species in a single day. Not only speaking about the Collared Pratincoles large flocks, nor the mixed flocks of both Squacco and Night Herons flying South, but also about a number of uncommon species including Temminck's Stint, Eurasian Dotterel and, if lucky, Pectoral Sandpiper.
While Catalan wetlands become full of shorebirds, up in the Pyrenean slopes large flocks of Citril Finches and Chough (both Yellow & Red-billed) start to grow up. At 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, but unfortunately still not as easy as they will be from November to March. The tour will offer over 200 species and we will have time to enjoy both migratory birds and specialities while enjoying incredible Pyrenean landscapes, incredible food and tones of historical and culture remarks!
Some areas that we will explore during the tour include the gorgeous "La Cerdanya" shire, but also the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, and we will have time to have 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.