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Boletas birdwatching centre

The Pyrenees & N.E. Spain
15/10/05 - 22/10/05

  • 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 Rama Tours

Pyrenees and Los Monegros, Huesca, Spain 1st July to 4th July 2013

  • 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 19th - 26th February 2012

  • 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.

Spanish Pyrenees 2nd-8th May 2011

  • 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

Spanish Pyrenees 19th June-23rd June 2009

  • 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.

Spanish Pyrenees, July 2006

  • 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.

Alpine Accentor

Spanish Pyrenees and Zaragoza Plains 6th to 16th March 2006

  • 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 Delta 11th – 18th September, 2004

  • 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 May 2004

  • 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 Hall reports.

Spanish Pyrenees & Zaragoza Plains 22 May-1st June 2003

  • 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 Walsh reports

Spanish Pyrenees June 2002

  • 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 Hall reports

The Pyrenees June 2002

  • There were many highlights: excellent views of Wallcreepers; Alpine Accentor; Black Woodpeckers; four species of vulture in a day and eight species of lark (including Dupont's) during the trip. Add this to the majestic scenery of the Pyrenees coupled with both bustards and both sandgrouse on the plains and it made for a memorable trip.....Ian Kinley reports.

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 The Pyrenees
Marc Dubin: Buy from or

  • 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 in Europe.



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Some Useful bird books for Spain:
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Birdwatching on Spains Southern Coast
John R. Butler: Buy from

  • Written by local expert and guide, John Butler, "Birdwatching on Spain's Southern Coast", is the ideal accompaniment for the holidaying birder on Spain's Southern Coast. The real strength of this guide over similar books is the information about the lesser known sites close the resorts of the Costa's. Great if you only want a quick hours early morning jaunt before the heat of the Summer sun becomes unbearable. Also covered in good detail are Doñana and the main Almeria sites...Recommended.

Where the birds are in Northeast Spain
Steve West: Buy direct from the Author

  • This excellent book looks at all the most wanted birds of Aragon and Catalunya and gives the key sites in which to find them (with some nice sketches and handy maps), thus enabling the visiting birder to quickly target the species at the top of their wish lists!

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    The text, written by an expert, is concise, thorough and up to date. Many of the recent splits are included. The likes of Yelkouan Shearwater and Southern Grey Shrike are illustrated superbly for perhaps the first time in any recent guide.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Where to Watch Birds in North and East Spain
Michael Rebane, Stephen Message: Buy from or

  • North and east Spain embraces an impressive range of habitats from the Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Catalan coast. As a consequence the area is rich in birdlife and full of potential for visiting birders. The 189 sites are described in terms of habitat, access and the species to be seen. The 104 major sites are accompanied by a map as well as maps of the region to show the location of each site.

Recommended travel books for Spain:

The Rough Guide to Spain
Mark Ellingham: Buy from or

  • Published Jan. 2002, "The Rough Guide to Spain" is thoroughly up to date (all the prices are in Euro's!) and of the usual high standard that we have come to expect from Rough Guides. This is an excellent guide to my favourite place in Europe for a bird watching holiday. Over a thousand fact filled pages entice the reader to visit the towns, castles and Moorish villages, so full of character and history. For the birder, there is a very useful section on wildlife that gives an overview of the birds to be seen and the main regions to see them.

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