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Birding Tours Catalonia & Aragon Grand Tour

Catalonia & Aragon Grand Tour

Birding in Spain. A birdwatching tour visiting the wealthiest Spanish regions of Catalonia and Aragó where we will explore gorgeous natural areas such as Ebro Delta, Los Monegros and Pyrenees. Lonely plains; mild, flovered hills; wooded slopes (from Holm Oak to Mountain Pine); massive gorges; dense scrubs and shrubs as well as a wide range of wetlands composes an awesome scenery. A number of specialities fill up the ancient plain and expanses to the mountains around it. This is a land of contrasts, where in the morning you can see Lammergeiers and Black Woodpecker in the dramatic Pyrenees and in the afternoon enjoy the special Little Bustard "jumps" in the steppes.

This tour take place in a very exciting moment in nature year-cycle as it is that of bird migration. We'll experience it by watching how tiny pools in the steppes attrack small passage birds to refresh themselves. Hundreds of passage waders will wait for us in the major wetlands as Ebro Delta and Aiguamolls de l'Empordà. And all of that to see over 210 species of birds!

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We specially concentrate in the major specialities living along the Ebro Basin; Little & Great Bustards, Lammergeier & Cinereous Vulture, Pin-tailed & Black-bellied Sandgrouses, Wryneck & Black Woodpecker, colourful birds such as Roller and Bee-eater and smaller birds as Dupont's, Calandra & Lesser Short-toed Larks or Subalpine, Orphean & Spectacled Warblers along with Citril Finch, Red-necked Nightjar, Purple Swamphen, Black Wheatear, Caspian Tern... We would make an effort to locate all of them!!

Days 1 & 2. Ebro Delta. Meet and wellcome at Barcelona International airport or in another place previously agreed. This first day we will explore Ebro Delta, where we will spend two nights. We will have two full days to explore this vast wetland and the variety of birds that it hosts. Greater Flamingo, Audouin's & Slender-billed Gulls, Glossy Ibis, Western Swamphen, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern and Squacco Heron are all common! Collared Pratincole, Savi's Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Curlew Sandpiper are more scarce. Here the variety of migratory birds can include some Crakes along with scarcer species...

Day 3. Lleida Steppes. After breakfast we will have a last look to Ebro Delta before going to the inmense steppe area known as Los Monegros. There we will look for Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Rock Sparrow, Hoopoes, Turtle Dove, Iberian Grey Shrike, Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Roller and, if lucky, Eagle Owl.

Day 4. Steppes. Full day in the steppes where we will look for Pin-tailed & Black-bellied Sandgrouses, Stone Curlews, Greater & Lesser Short-toed Larks and the always elusive Dunpont's Lark... After a midday break we will spend the afternoon enjoying Thekla Larks, Tawny Pipit, Alpine Swift and Melodious Warbler. This day we will have our nocturnal safari, where we will have excellent sights on Red-necked Nightjar, Scops Owl, Long-eared Owl and Barn Owl!

Day 5. Lleida Steppes. Morning birding in a different location in the steppes. Here there is an excellent density of Little Bustards and Rollers along with Great Spotted Cuckoos, Ortolan Buntings, Woodchat Shrikes and Subalpine and Orphean Warblers... The area hosts some pairs of Black-winged Kites...depending on the year! Arrival to the Pyrenees in the afternoon, where we will be two nights. 
Day 6. Pyrenees. Morning birding in the almong orchads around our accommodation. Blue Rock Thrush, Woodlark, Crested Lark, Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck and Subalpine, Dartford & Sardinian Warblers can be easily seen. Along the day we will enjoy excellent views on Lammergeier but also Egyptian Vulture, Griffons and Black Vultures.
Day 7. Pyrenees. Morning birding to enjoy a number of amazing birds. We will visit a number of locations looking for Citril Finch, Common Rock Thrush, Alpine Chough, Common Crossbill, Ring Ouzel, Black Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Firecrest, Crested Tit, Rock Bunting and Short-toed Treecreeper. In the afternoon transfer to Aiguamolls de l'Empordà.
Day 8. Aiguamolls de l'Empordà. Full day visiting this wonderful wetland. Here we will have good chances for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Pallid Swift, Moustached Warbler, Little Bittern, European Kingfisher and several migratory birds including Crakes and scarcer birds such as Great Snipe
Final transfer to Barcelona (about 2 hours) and delivery in town or in the airport.

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What weather conditions should you expect?

May is a clear, quiet month. Spring is here for long time ago so temperatues will stand about 20ºC-25ºC most of the days. However we can expect to find some rainfalls in our way. You can expect a cold raising in both Pyrenees and Los Monegros.

We suggest to all our clients to bring sunglasses, a cap and sun screen. Clothes should be generally thin (cotton or similar)  but we always advise to include at least one sweater.

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