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Pyrenees; birding & butterflies

The Pyrenees is, after the Alps, the second largest mountain range in Europe. These mountains are famous because of its impressive landscapes and its gorgeous birdlife. Still, the Pyrenees are also one of the best places in Europe for butterflies, with huge numbers and variety. 

Along this trip we will explore some of the best places for butterflies in Catalan Pyrenees (Eastern Pyrenees). Here we will enjoy with soaring Lammergeiers & Apollos (image right). Still, we will have time to look for elusive species, such as Western Orphean Warbler or the very located Pyrenees Grassy Ringlet.

DAILY PLANNING

 

Day 1. Vall de Ribes. This day we will explore the wonderful Vall de Ribes, the Eastermost are to be visited during the trip. Here we will have the first chances for Citril Finch and Common Rock Thrush along with Hen Harrier, Rock Bunting and Water Pipit.

Butterflies here can include Apollo (Parnassius apollo), Lefèbvre's Ringlet (Erebia lefebvrei), Mountain Small White (Pieris ergane) or Caberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa) among many more.

Day 2. Moixeró. Second day arriving to 2000 meters high. In this second massif we will have many chances for our first Lammergeier along with Crested Tit, Common Rock Thrush, Wryneck, Woodlark, Rock Bunting, Alpine Chough or Common Crossbill. Butterflies here may include Apollo, Black-venied White (Aporia crataegi), Pyrenees Grassy Ringlet (Erebia rondoui), Piedmont Ringlet (Erebia meolans) or Southern Marbled Skipper (Carcharodus boeticus). 

Some forest exploration would produce Black Woodpecker and a huge variety of butterflies including Iberian Marbled White (Melanargia lachesis), Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta), Niobe Fritillary (Argynnis niobe, left) or Great Banded Grayling (Kanetisa circe). 

Day 3. Boumort Game Reserve. This day we would explore the Mediterranean slopes of this game reserve. Here we will look for Western Orphean, Western Subalpine (last image in the left) and Melodious Warblers. Wryneck and Woodchat Shrike are common here. Raptors may include several Griffon Vultures along with Egyptian & Cinereous Vultures. Lammergeiers are a common view along the cliffs. 

Butterflies here may include Lesser Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea trivia), Rock Grayling (Hipparchia alcyone), Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus), Turquoise Blue (Plebicula dorylas) or Dusky Heath (Coenonympha dorus) among many other.

Day 4. Val d'Aran. Today we explore the Val d'Aran valley. Here we will look for Medium Spotted & Black Woodpeckers, raptors such as Honey Buzzard and Golden Eagle, Dipper and Common Rock Thrush. 

This dedicious, atlantic faced valley provides a really good variety of butterflies including Clouded Apollo (Parnassius mnemosyne), Large Chequered Skipper (Heteropterus morpheus, left), Tufted Marbled Skipper (Carcharodus flocciferus), Heath Fritirally (Mellicta athalia) and many more.

Day 5. Estepes de Lleida. Last day of the trip, dedicated to look for some top birds in the steppes located immediately South of the Pyrenees. Here we will look for Stone Curlew, Thekla Lark, Crested Lark or Darford Warbler. Little Bustards can be more difficult to find at mid-July, but they are there!

Raptors nesting around include Montagu's Harrier, Short-toed Eagle and Eurasian Hobby while colourful species such as Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Roller and Golden Oriole can be common around. We would look also after endemics such as Iberian Grey Shrike and Iberian Green Woodpecker!

Eventually Bath White (Pontia daplidice) may occur. 

Arrival to Barcelona during the afternoon.


tour info

Name of the Tour: Pyrenees; birding & butterflies

Tour lenght: 5 days - 4 nights

2017 issue: July 10th to July 14th

Departing / Arrival city: Barcelona

Tour leader: Carles Oliver

Price: 800€ per person (further details about prices at below central table)

main targets

Along this tour over 60 species of butterflies well be seen and this number can easily be higher, actually! Apollo, Caberwell Beauty, Provençal Fritillary, Lesser Purple Emperor, Moroccan Orange Tip, Clouded Apollo, Pyrenees Grassy Ringlet or Large Chequeret Skipper may be some of the many target species.

LAMMERGEIER, CITRIL FINCH, Black Woodpecker, COMMON ROCK THRUSH, Alpine Chough, Egyptian Vulture, Orphean Warbler, Wryneck, SUBALPINE WARBLER and ROLLER are only some of the main targets to enjoy along these five days!