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Winter Wonders Birding Tour of Northern Spain - 8 Days

Winter Wonders Birding Tour of Northern Spain
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Northern Spain Winter Birding Tour

Our 8-day Winter Wonders Birding Tour of Northern Spain is a full week birding itinerary which runs from the beginning of November through to the end of February. We will be going in search of some of Spain's most sought after species, and taking in some magnificent birding spectacles along the way. This winter birding tour begins on the Ebro Delta where we will spend a day enjoying the best of the wetland's resident bird-life and pay close attention to locating rare winter visitors such as Bluethroat, Moustached Warbler and Booted Eagle.

The second leg of this winter birding trip sees us depart to Gallocanta in the dry-land plains to the south of Zaragoza, where we will spend 2 days birding around the famous Laguna. Alongside a huge wintering population of Common Cranes, we can also target Great & Little Bustard and enjoy sightings of raptors like Hen Harrier and Golden Eagle.

For the final leg of the tour we depart for Alquezar in the pre-Pyrenean region of the Sierra de Gaura. Dubbed 'the land of the Lammergeier', we will be searching for this rarest of vultures, along with another popular birding target, the beautiful but elusive Wallcreeper, which comes down from the high Pyrenees to over winter at lower altitudes on the cliffs and canyons of the Gaura.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival day

You will be met at the airport by one of our team and transferred to your accommodation, our private Guest House on the edge of the Ebro Delta. The remainder of the day you can spend at leisure, or perhaps enjoy some birding around the villa in the Olive groves. In the evening you can head into L'Ampolla for dinner, or if you prefer to you can self cater at the fully equipped villa.

Day 2
Day 2 - Ebro Delta Birding Day Trip

After breakfast, you will head out with Al Henderson for a bird watching day trip of the Ebro Delta. There is a huge population of birds which are resident throughout the year so expect to see huge flocks of Flamingos in the salt pans and hoards of Glossy Ibis feeding in the agricultural zones. We will see many different varieties of wintering waders and wildfowl, and look for some of the rarer species such as Bluethroat & Moustached Warbler. Raptors are likely to include our over wintering Booted Eagle population, Osprey, Marsh Harriers, Buzzard and Kestrel. Overnight you will spend your second night at our Guest House, with the option to self cater or dine out in L'Ampolla.

Day 3
Day 3 - Transfer to Gallocanta With Afternoon Birding Trip

After breakfast we will depart to our second destination, Laguna de Gallocanta, which is approximately 2 hours 30 mins drive. Upon arrival in the small village of Gallocanta we will check into our accommodation, the charming Allucant Guest House, situated right on the side of the lake. We will take lunch and then proceed on our first bird watching drive around the laguna, where we are sure to see Common Crane feeding in the fields. The tour will conclude with a sunset over the lake and we will then enjoy dinner at the Allucant Guest House, where a great value menu of the day is available.

Day 4
Day 4 - Laguna De Gallocanta Birding Day Trip

We start with breakfast at Allucant, and then head out on a full day birding tour of Laguna de Gallocanta and it's surrounding area. Alongside the numerous Cranes, target birds will include both Great and Little Bustard and raptors such as Golden Eagle & Hen Harrier. Gallocanta also produces sightings of rare birds such as Black-winged Kite, Pallid Harrier and we can even try for the ultra rare Dupont's Lark in natural steppe land to the south of the lake. In the evening we spend our second night at the Allucant guest house.

Day 5
Day 5 - Transfer to Alquezar With Afternoon Birding Trip

Following breakfast at Allucant we depart on the third leg of the tour and travel to the Sierra de Gaura, a drive of around 2 hours 30 mins. We will check in at our accommodation, Casa Jabonero in the beautiful village of Alquezar. We will take a lunch and then check out the birds close to Alquezar - where we may even see our first Wallcreeper which is often spotted around the cliffs and tall buildings of the village. Other birds that are likely this afternoon will be Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler and hundreds of Griffon Vultures. In the evening we will dine at Casa Jabonero which offers great value menus every day of the week.

Day 6
Day 6 - Sierra De Gaura Guided Bird Watching Trip

Following breakfast at Casa Jabonero we head out on a full day bird watching tour, taking in 2 key sites for Wallcreeper & Lammergeier - the Dams at Vadiello and Calcon. Evening at Casa Jabonero.

Day 7
Day 7 - Sierra De Gaura Guided Bird Watching Trip Second Day

Breakfast at Casa Jabonero will be followed by our second full day birding the Sierra de Gaura. We will head to two different destinations Rodellar and Morrano, which also give us a fantastic chance for both Wallcreeper & Lammergeier amongst others. Final evening at Casa Jabonero.

Day 8
Day 8 - Departure Day

After breakfast we check out of the Hotel and head back to the airport in time for your return journey home.

Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Bittern, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Black Stork, Spoonbill, Red Kite, Griffon Vulture, Lammergeier, Black-shouldered Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Osprey, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Water Rail, Purple Swamp-hen, Common Crane, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Stone-curlew, Avocet, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Ruff, Sanderling, Temminck’s Stint, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Snipe, Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Audouin’s Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Green Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Iberian Grey Shrike, Chough, Alpine Chough, Crested Tit, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark, Woodlark, Dupont’s Lark, Crag Martin, Cetti’s warbler, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Wallcreeper, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Short-toed Treecreeper, Wren, Spotless Starling, Fieldfare, Redwing, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Alpine Accentor, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Serin, Citril Finch, Carl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting, Glossy Ibis

What is included?

  • Return airport transfers from Barcelona International Airport
  • All accommodation throughout the tour on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Guided bird tours each day with Al Henderson
  • Spotting scopes & spare binoculars
  • Download Al's photos from the tour on completion, at no extra charge!

What is not included?

  • International Flight tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches & Evening meals

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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!

Does this tour start on set dates?

No, the start date is flexible and can be tailored to the preference of the client

What weather can be expected on a winter visit to Northern Spain?

You will need to bring warm clothing for this trip. Daytime can be pleasantly warm on sunny days, but mornings and evenings are likely to be chilly.

Is this tour physically demanding?

A moderate level of physical fitness is recommended for the final leg of the tour in the Sierra de Gaura. Some of the locations which give us the best opportunity to see Lammergeier & Wallcreeper require short hikes.

What are the options for lunch & dinner?

At lunchtime we will usually stop for a packed lunch. Dinner time we can grab a great value 'menu del dia' at our accommodations throughout the tour.

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8 Days

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From 850
EUR765 / per person
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This tour is operated by: Ebro Delta Birding

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Tour Facts

  • Catalonia & Aragon in Northern Spain
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 - 6 people
  • 7 days
  • November - February
  • +12 years (accommpanied by adult)
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
  • Barcelona El Prat International Airport
  • Barcelona El Prat International Airport