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Birding in Ebro Delta

Guided birding in Barcelona. The major wetland in Catalonia is one of those places where earth and sea have been fighting for centuries. Such fights build unique landscapes and hold an enormous variety of wildlife. A huge natural area combining extensive paddy fields, marshes, lagoons and an astonishing coastline where over 330 species of birds have been recorded and over 90 are regular nesting species (more). But there will be enough time enough to visit other ecosystems, from hill sides to steppe-like areas which will provide an incredible list of key species living in every type of habitat.

SUGGESTED PLANNING

Day 1. Meet and wellcome at the Barcelona International Airport or in another agreed point. Transfer to Ebro Delta. Thoughout the day the lagoons, paddy fields, marshes and salt flats will give us excellent chances to see a wide variety of waterfowls. Some common species during the year include Audouin's Gull, Purple Swamphen, Gull-billed Tern, Herons, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Moustached Warbler, Greater Flamingo, Slender-billed Gull, Collared Pratincole, Glossy Ibis, Caspian Tern, Little Bittern, Whiskered Tern, Bluethroat, Spotless Starling, Water Pipit...

Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii). Over 70% of world population concentrates in Ebro Delta between March and October.

Day 2. An early start to visit to some pools, called "Ullals" in Catalan. These areas host Moustached Warbler, Night Heron or Greater Bittern (winter) as well as Golden Oriole or Penduline Tit. We'll spend most of the day in Tortosa-Beseït Natural Park. The cliffs, rocky landscapes, olive groves and thickets are noted not only for raptors, specially for Bonelli's Eagle, Golden Eagle and Griffon Vulture but also for a long list of small birds. Both Orphean and Dartford Warblers are common along with Blue Rock Thrushes and Rock Sparrows and, in winter, the rocky slopes are home to Alpine Accentors, Ring Ouzels and the elusive Wallcreeper.

Day 3. Early start this time to visit the extensive steppe-like areas close to Alcañiz, where we'll spend most of the day. This steppe land hosts both Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouses, Calandra Lark, Stone Curlew and Lesser Kestrel. The area is also noted for birds of prey such as Montagu's Harrier (summer) and Merlin (winter).

Day 4. We'll explore the salt flats and open lands looking for more key species as well as some bonus species among the huge amount of birds that this Delta hosts all year round. In summer Collared Praticonle, Little Tern and Kentish Plover nest on the area while Short-eared Owls winter there. The coastline will allow us sights of Yelkouan Shearwater, Skuas or Red-breasted Merganser. Final transfer to the Barcelona International Airport or another previously agreed point.

Even though this day planning schedule contains references to some winter birds, the itinerary above describes a standard mid-spring tour. This itinerary may have slight variations depending on the season. Please contact us for a seasonally updated tour schedule.


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