The Pyrenees & N.E.
- Our first
full day in the High Pyrenees saw us start at the Refugio
de Gabardito a short journey up further up into the mountains
where Wallcreeper breed....Jules
and Amanda Sykes report for Oliva
Pyrenees and Los Monegros, Huesca, Spain
- A short social trip to Laguarres near Graus, in the Somontano area of Huesca, led to an interesting discovery of a variety of habitats, in the widest part of the Central Pyreneen range and Los Monegros....Hilary MacBean reports.
Spain ~ Cranes & Wallcreepers
- On the water, we saw numerous Great White Egrets, Yellow-legged Gulls and Red-crested Pochards and then at least a thousand Cranes appeared over the horizon in wave after wave coming ever closer on their way to roost at the reservoir. A memorable day indeed...Chris Hall reports.
- We visited a variety of habitats, from a sea watch, coastal woodlands and marshes to the arid steppe lands of Los Monegros. Alpine pastures and high Pyrenean mountain passes. This gave us a weekly total of 160 species, including 16 species of raptor...Alan Jack reports
- Two Egyptian Vultures drifted over and a Goshawk powered through a distant orchard while a Woodlark performed a song flight....Tony Moverley and Tony Benton report.
- A mixed flock of Alpine and Red-billed
Chough continually harassed the numerous Griffons and a pair
of Ravens also performed well for us. Crag Martins and a sizeable
group of Alpine
Swifts were continually overhead, and a Black Woodpecker
was heard calling....Kenny Musgrove and
Wayne Geater report.
and Zaragoza Plains
- This was a trip of great contrasts;
contrasts in weather, contrasts in scenery and contrasts
in the birds themselves, with memorable experiences ranging
from watching Alpine Accentors and Snowfinches feeding
at our feet in icy temperatures amid the snow-clad peaks
of the high Pyrenees to listening to the melancholy whistling
of Dupont’s Larks by moonlight on the arid steppes
of Los Monegros...Ian Kinley reports.
A short overview of the Pyrenees - Stephen Christopher
The Spanish Pyrenees and the Ebro
- Since the main target species for the trip
was Wallcreeper, we got up at 6:30 and headed for Gabardito, which
seemed from recent trip reports to be the most likely site for
this species.....Rhion Pritchard reports.
Spanish Pyrenees to Ebro Delta
- We began amid the stunning landscape of
the Spanish Pyrenees, where sheer rock faces tower from wooded
slopes to summits in the clouds, still bearing a winter coat of
snow. In the Valle de Pineta, a Dipper 'fishes' the white water,
swollen by the spring thaw. Upstream, a Garden Warbler sings from
an open perch, showing off its soft plumage in the scope...Chris
Spanish Pyrenees & Zaragoza
- The Spanish Pyrenees offer some of Europe's
most sought-after species in one of its most spectacular settings.
We combined six nights in the mountains with a couple of days
on the Zaragoza plains for a highly successful tour that delivered
almost of all the birds on our target list - plus a few surprises...James
- Making a bee line for the Gabardito refuge,
a pair of lovely Citril Finches feeding on the flowery pasture
gave excellent scope views. On the trail through the pinewoods
we had lively Crested Tits and our first of many Egyptian Vultures.
We were aiming for a cliff face in the hope of Wallcreeper......Chris
North East Spain
- There was a very steep walk through the village
of Riglos to the church from where the impressive cliffs could
be viewed. Stiff necks were the order of the day, but several
species were seen here, Alpine Swifts were swirling around in
small numbers, along with parties of Chough, but amongst the large
numbers of Griffon Vultures....Keith Shepherd reports
The Rough Guide to
- Anyone could find their perfect retreat
in the Pyrenees, a range that encompasses in its four-hundred-kilometre
length a diversity of landscapes rarely equalled in Europe.
For the birder wishing to connect with the high mountain
specialties of the area, this guide gives good coverage
of the mountain trails that penetrate the range. A section
on wildlife introduces among others the Lammergeier, Issard,
Pyrenean Desman, and a whole host of insects and Butterflies
that can be seen here probably better than anywhere else