Pyrenees Birdwatching Tour
An 8-day Pyrenees birding tour in Spain where you will enjoy 100s of Honey Buzzards, Short-toed Eagles, Lesser Kestrels, Dotterels, Temminck’s Stints and tones of Herons and Pratincoles at Ebro Delta. 1000s of raptors on show across the Pyrenees during the fall and about 200 species, which is always with a good surprise along the trip!
Alternative Name: Pyrenees & Ebro Delta Bird Migration Tour
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
Caspian, Gull-billed & Little Terns, Purple & Night Herons, Collared Pratincole, Penduline Tits, Moustached, Savi’s, Great Reed Warblers,Common Rock Thrush, Citril Finch, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Rock Bunting, Red-billed & Alpine Choughs, Common Crossbill,Ortolan Buntings, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodlark and Crested Lark. Flocks of Bee-eaters, Black Kites, Honey Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Marsh,
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