Custom Winter Birdwatching Tour in Extremadura
A private eight-day Extremadura birding tour led by Martin Kelsey anytime from November to mid-February. The key attraction is the huge wintering population of Common Crane. There is an exciting supporting cast of vast numbers of waterfowl, as well as smaller birds which draw in raptors like Hen Harrier and Merlin. We will explore a range of different habitats. Resident birds like bustards, sandgrouse and eagles add extra spice, as well as species like Alpine Accentor.
Winter birding in Extremadura offers some of the most spectacular nature experiences in Europe. The region has the highest bird species richness of anywhere in Spain in winter. This is thanks to the relatively mild weather and abundance of food. This attracts huge numbers of birds from northern and eastern Europe. Winter Extremadura birding is also ideal for seeing see some of the resident species. These include sandgrouse, Stone Curlew and Black-winged Kite. There is a surprising diversity of landscapes. This means that in a week’s holiday different habitats can be explored each day, adding to the richness of the experience.
The winter season runs from November until mid-February. We will visit all the important habitats for winter birding: open plains, dehesa, gorges, river valleys and wetlands. One of the highlights are the vast numbers of Common Crane. Extremadura holds Europe’s largest wintering population of this evocative species, with about 140,000 present. They are at their peak by the end of November and leave by late February. There are regularly wintering Alpine Accentors and even Wallcreeper can make an appearance. From January the first summer migrants are also making an appearance. Tell us which species you are particularly interested in seeing. We can advise you on the best time to visit. The itinerary will be tailor-made to focus on your interests.
We have recorded a total of over 175 species on winter tours. Depending on the time of year and your interests, at least 130 species should be expected.
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