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Birding Tours Vall de l'Ebre (hivern)

Pyrenees & Ebro Delta Bird Migration Tour

After the nesting season, billions of birds leave temperature areas in Europe to look for warmer conditions and food supplies. During these weeks, many of them we will fly accross the Pyrenees or will follow the Mediterranean coast in their journey to Africa. 

During this tour we will enjoy of the amount and the variety of birdlife migrating South in two of the most wonderful birding spots in Europe, the Pyrenees and Ebro Delta. Raptors, waders, herons and passerines will all make us enjoy of the migration spectacle!

Day Planning

Day 1. Meet and wellcome in Barcelona International Airport or in some hotel in Barcelona. Transfer to Cadí-Moixeró NP, Here we will look for some impressive species including Common Rock Thrush, Citril Finch, Water Pipit, Rock Bunting, Red-billed & Alpine Choughs, Common Crossbill and wonderful raptors such as Lammergeier and Golden Eagle. Arrival to our hotel for a three nights stay.

Days 2 & 3. During these two days we will enjoy of raptor migration. Over 100.000 raptors fly accross the area every late summer! Black Kites, Honey Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Marsh Harriers, Montagu's Harriers, Lesser Kestrels and Egyptian Vulture will all appear. It will be time also to look for other migratory birds (Ortolan Bunting, Roller or Dotterel)  but also resident key birds including Rock Sparrow, Cirl Bunting, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodlark, Firecrest and many more. No promises, but September is also reporting good sights on Wallcreeper!
Days 4 & 5. In our way to Ebro Delta we do an overnight in Lleida Steppes. This stop will help us to enjoy some good birds including W Orphean & Subalpine Warblers, Turtle Dove, Thekla & Calandra Larks, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush or Wryneck. In the afternoon of day 5 we will arrive to our accommodation in Ebro Delta for a three nights stay.

Days 6 & 7. We will enjoy of two full days in Ebro Delta. In this season, flocks of waders and herons are everywhere. Here some uncommon species appear to be everywhere. It is the case of Glossy Ibis, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Audouin's Gull and Purple Swamphen. Flocks of migratory Night & Squacco Herons move over the paddy fields and the wetlands host big flocks of Dunlins and Common Ringed Plover. 

Along with them, scarcer species living here include Collared Pratincole, Slender-billed Gull and Little Bittern. While the first Bluethroats and Kingfisher are arriving, scarcer migratory birds include Eleonora's Falcon, Temminck's Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dotterel or Citrine Wagtail. We will scan for all of them.

Moreover, rarities in early September have included Pacific Golden Plover, Pallid Harrier, White-rumped Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiter in the last two years!

Day 8. Early morning start to pick up some more species in Ebro Delta or Llobregat Delta right before the final transfer back to Barcelona.

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