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Birding Tour Pyrenees: Lammergeier and Dupont’s Lark

In this birding tour Pyrenees we will go in search of one of the rarest and most amazing birds in the entire world, the Lammergeier. Before that, we try to find one of the most elusive birds, the Dupont’s Lark in one of the best preserve steppe habitat of Europe. Other targets are Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel, Citril Finch, Yellow and Red-billed Chough, Dipper, Water Pipit, Marsh Tit, Black and Iberian Green Woodpecker, Egyptian and Griffon Vulture and mammals such as the Chamois and Marmot. We will visit amazing landscapes, deep gorges in search of great number of birds.

 

Day 1: Valencia airport- Belchite steppes

 

Welcome to Valencia airport before we head to Aragon. On hour later we will stop in el Toro mountain to observe Woodlark, Crossbill, Crested Tit, Rock and Otolan Bunting, Subalpine and Orphean Warbler. Then, we will continue through to our accommodation. After check-in, we will spend the evening in search for one of the most elusive species, the Dupont’s Lark. We will also be looking out for Pin tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew and larks such as: Lesser Short-toed, Short-toed, Crested and Thekla.

 

Day 2. Belchite-Birding Tour Pyrenees (Hecho Valley)

 

Lammergeier-birding tour PyreneesAn early morning visit to El Planeron will giving us another chance of finding the elusive Dupont’s Lark if we have not been successful the evening before. Then, we will make a quick visit to the ruined remnants of the ‘old Belchite’ a legacy of the civil war, with a chance of a visiting Lesser Kestrel, Black Wehatear or Blue Rock Thrush.

Later after lunch, we will head north to Huesca to the pre-Pyrenees, when we should see our first Red and Black Kites. Then, we will stop is the Castillo de Loarre, searching for Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Red Kites, Rock and Cirl Buntings, Garden, Bonelli’s, Subalpine and Melodious Warblers, and Firecrest. We then drive north to the wonderful Hecho valley and our hotel.

 

 

Day 3. Birding Tour Pyrenees (Hecho Valley)

 

A short walk in the nearby grounds to our hotel to see our first Common Crossbills, Red-backed Shrikes, Griffon Vultures and perhaps even Lammergeier. After that, we will visit the spectacular ravines of the Hecho Valley, searching for White-throated Dipper, Crag Martin, Wallcreeper, Alpine Swift, Grey Wagtail and Red-billed Chough. Later, we will visit a meadow surrounded by forested area looking for Marsh Tit, Citril Finch and Woodpeckers. To end the day, we will have a look to the Selva de Oza looking for Lammergeier, Rock Thrush, Wheatear and Water Pipit.

Furthermore, we will look out for mammals such as the Red Squirrel, Marmot and Chamois.

 

 

 

Day 4. Birding Tour Pyrenees (Hecho Valley-Roncal Valley)

 

We will visit the high alpine area near France where we should find Water Pipit, Ring Ouzel and Rock Thrush but we will be particularly seeking out montane birds such as Alpine Accentor and Citril Finch amongst the delightful alpine meadows. We also visit some reserves where might be found one of the rarest birds in the Pyrenees, the White-backed Woodpecker.

After dinner, we will go to a close valley to visit a reliable spot for Eagle Owls. We will have to wait until dusk to see this impressive raptor flying down the valley to hunt during the night.

 

Day 5. Birding Tour Pyrenees-Sierra de Guara-Albufera de Valencia

 

Tawny pipit-birding tour PyreneesOur first stop will be in the farmland area near Puente de la Reina where we should find Bee-eater, Hoopoe and Golden Oriole. Some of the farmland meadows and arid land also have Ortolan Bunting, Rock Sparrow, Tawny Pipit and Woodchat Shrike. Besides, we will be able to hear the song of Nightingale and Cetti’s Warbler hided in the bushes.

One hour and a half later, we will stop in Sierra de Guara to have lunch while we enjoy magnificent views from the cliffs. Griffon Vultures sail so close that we can even hear their wings cutting the air!. In addition, Peregrine Falcon, Red-billed Chough and Rock Bunting are easily seen in the area.Time to drive back to Valencia.

 

 

Day 6. Birding Albufera de Valencia

We will spend the time between flights departures birding around the Albufera de Valencia. This is the 3rd largest wetland in Spain and one of the most interesting birding spots in the Mediterranean. Here we will look for Night Heron, Purple Swamp-hen, Purple Heron, Audouin’s Gulls, Gull-billed and Wiskered Tern among many other species.

 

This tour involves walks of medium difficulty, however it can be modified for all kind of birders.

You can find our last trip report in the following link.

Price of the birding tour Pyrenees:

950 €/people (4 people)

1 person/ 2 people, please ask for a budget
Single supplement: 150 €

 

What is included:
– Travel from Valencia airport in modern, fully seat belted, air conditioned vehicles
– 4 Nights accommodation in two-three star hotels and country houses
– All meals included, picnic for lunch and traditional Spanish evening meals
– Tour guided by a professional bird guide
Basic travel insurance
– Fuel

What is not included:
– Air fare (Low cost companies operate daily flights to Valencia from several European airports)
– Drinks and other items of a personal nature

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