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Spain in Spring

Birding in Spain. Spain is offering some of the best birdwatching in Europe. This birding tour explores a wide variety of habitats in Central Spain. We'll explore the famous evergreen open oak forests along with scrub lands, wooded gorges, large wetlands, cereal-steppes and more.

We will look for the specialities living in Central Spain, including some Iberian endemics such as Spanish Imperial Eagle, Spanish Magpie or Iberian Flycatcher along with Black-shouldered Kite, White-rumped Swift, Common Rock Thrush, White-headed Duck or Cinereous Vulture!

daily planning & main species

  • Day 1. "La Mancha Húmeda". Meet and wellcome in Madrid Airport or in another place previously agreed. This first day we will explore the variety of endorreical wetlands South of Madrid and called "La Mancha Húmeda". Here we will look for White-headed Ducks and Ferruginous Ducks. Depending on the year, Marbled Ducks may be present as well! Penduline & Bearded Tits are around as well as Western Swamphens and a variety of Warblers, Grebes and waders. Here Sandgrouses are likely to appear as coming to drink water from the cereal steppes around.

  • Days 2 & 3. Tietar Valley & Arrocampo Reservoir.  The Tiétar Valley is a huge valley covered by open evergreen oak forest. Here we will look for many good specialities such as Spanish Magpie, Cinereous Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Stork and some scarcer ones including Great Bustard, Black-shouldered Kite, Hawfinch, Iberian Flycatcher among many more. This is also the land of the wonderful Iberian Magpie! In the Arrocampo Reservoir we will look for Little Bittern, Western Swamphen, Penduline Tit, Ferruginous Duck, Savi's Warbler & Gull-billed Tern.

  • Day 4. Gredos Mountains. The calcarian landscape of Gredos Mountains hosts a good number of interesting birds including the Southermost nesting population of Bluethroat in Europe along with Citril Finch, Common Rock Thrush and Ortolan & Rock Buntings. Firecrest are also possible while Golden Eagle is the commonest predador in the high mountain.

  • Days 5 & 6. Monfragüe. Monfragüe is one of the best birding sites in Iberia. Considered as one of the five best places in Europe for raptors, Monfragüe hosts good populations of Cinereous, Egyptian & Griffon Vultures along with Spanish Imperial, Bonelli's & Booted Eagles. This is also a great place for Blue Rock Thrush, Black Stork and Subalpine Warblers. In the steppes will also enjoy Lesser Kestrels, Pallid Swift, Montagu's Harrier, Rollers, Great Spotted Cuckoos, and the very scarce Little Bustard, if lucky. Common birds here include Wood & Thekla Larks; Subalpine & W Orphean Warblers and Spanish Sparrow. Really good birds here include White-rumped Swifts, Iberian Flycatchers and, maybe, Rüppell's Vulture!

             This program may be adapted according to weather conditions to maximise best use of time.

Spanish Magpie, a gorgeous endemic only living in Central & South Iberia


What weather conditions should you expect

We suggest you to bring sunglasses, a cap and sun screen. Clothes should be generally thin but it is important to inlcude at least one sweater or similar; its use would be necessary in both mountains and steppe-lands. 

tour info

Price per person:


single room surcharge:


  12th to 17th May, 2020            


Tour lenght: 6 days - 5 nights         

Departing / Arrival city: Madrid

Walking effort: Easy throughout

Tour leader & Birding guide: Carles Oliver


* price in double room. Including all ground services 

target species

White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)
Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata)
Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata)
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanii)
Western Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)
Great Bustard (Otis tarda)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)
White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer)
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
European Roller (Coracias garrulus)
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)
Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae)
Woodlark (Lullula arborea)
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)
Crag Martin (Ptynoprogne rupestris)
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)
W Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata)
Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans)
Western Bonelli's Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli)
Savi's Warbler (Locustella luscinioides)
Iberian Flycatcher (Ficedula iberiae)
Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
Iberian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Spanish Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispanoliensis)
Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)
Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)