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birding in Barcelona 1-Day Itineraries Llobregat Delta & scrublands

Llobregat Delta & scrublands

Birdwatching in Barcelona
. Barcelona is the city with the highest variety of birdlife in Spain thanks to the many habitats around. Immediatly South of the city there is a wide variety of landscapes that hosts an awesome list of resident and migratory birds.

We'll explore the incredible landscapes of the Garraf Massif. Its extensive low scrubs, garrigues, pine woods and rocky slopes are home for really good birds including Pallid Swift, Bonelli's Eagle, BR Thrush, Common Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Ortolan Bunting (image below), Thekla Lark, Black-eared Wheatear, Woodchat Shrike, Iberian Grey Shrike, Bee-eater and Black Wheatear.

After exploring the hills we will enjoy marshes, lagoons and meadows in the Llobregat Delta Natural Reserve, which offers key resident species like Western Swamphen (image above), Little Bittern, Cetti's Warbler, Penduline Tit & Iberian Green Woodpecker; summer visitors, including Squacco and Purple Herons & Audouin's Gull; and winter visitors, such as both Yelkouan and Balearic Shearwaters, Bluethroat, Moustached Warbler & Water Pipit. Despite its location (about 10 kilometres South of Barcelona) over 300 species have been recorded there. The Llobregat Delta is extremely productive during migration, when becomes a hot-spot for waders, passerines & raptors.


Spot over 90 species of birds in one day both in spring and autumn and up to 80 species the rest of the year!!


KEY SPECIES__________

All year: Red-crested Pochard, Purple Swamphen, Thekla Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Penduline Tit, Southern Grey Shrike, Rock Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Crag Martin

Spring & Summer: Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Audouin's Gull, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Red-rumped Swallow, Black Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Rock Thrush, Subalpine Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Woodchat Shrike

Winter: Yelkouan Shearwater, Greater Bittern, Greater Flamingo, Hen Harrier, Water Pipit, Bluethroat, Moustached Warbler, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper (not every year)

On passage: Glossy Ibis, Common Crane, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Gull, Gull-billed Tern and a never ending list of ducks, passerines and waders.



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+Llobregat Delta

  • 118 species of birds in our Big Day at Llobregat Delta (Wetlands & Wheatears 1-day Itinerary). Abril 13th, 2016. Spoonbill, Little Crake, Pied Avocet & Bonelli's Eagle as highlights.

  • Great time for Caspian Gulls (Larus cachinnans) during February & March!

  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (2014) & Hooded Crow (2017) last species to colonize the delta!