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Europes "Big 5", March 2011

  • Jan Kelchtermans searchs for Wolf and Lynx in Spain and sees lots of birds too...a large report in .pdf format (5Mb)

A Winter Weekend in Spain. February 2008

  • Cheap flights ,car hire and accommodation make a long February weekend in Spain a very affordable, welcome escape from the dreary, cold of north east England...Alan Jack reports.

Tour of Coto Donana and Extremadura September 20th - 27th 2007

  • Large pools of rain water littered the sandy roads of El Rocio and the main laguna was bursting at the seams, an unusual site for September. However the excessive water did not deter the birds and the laguna was teeming with life...Robin Griffiths reports.

Spain - Extremadura & Coto Doñana 19-26th May 2007

  • We had brief flight views of our only Golden Orioles of the trip here, as well as an obliging party of four Wild Boar that waded across the pools in front of us. Our first Purple Gallinules of the trip were seen and two Water Rail called from the reedbed...Mike Hodgkin reports

Azure-winged Magpie

Southern and Western Spain (Coto de Donana, Extremadura and Sepulveda)
16 - 25th May 2006

  • We started birding at Laguna de Medina next to Jerez. The lake produced about 20 White-headed Ducks, 1 singing Moustached Warbler and 5 singing Melodious besides a lot of Great Reed Warblers. 4 Spoonbills were standing in the shallow water while 5 Griffon Vultures and 1 Short-toed Eagle were circling overhead...Jan Goedelt reports.

A short overview of the Steppes of Lleida - Stephen Christopher

Spain - Extremadura and Coto Donana 1st to 11th May 2006

  • As anticipated the bull ring produced good views of Lesser Kestrel which were nesting in the roof. As always around Trujillo the sky was full of hirundines as well as Lesser Kestrel, including Pallid Swift...David Mason reports

A Winter Weekend in Spain. February 2004

  • Cheap flights ,car hire and accommodation make a long February weekend in Spain a very affordable, welcome escape from the dreary, cold of north east England. Five days is just enough time to fit in both the famous Coto Donana and the steppe and hill country of Extramadura, the two sites some five hours drive apart....Alan Jack reports.

Spain, Sepulveda, Extremadura & Coto Donana 18-26th May 2005

  • Altogether, we drove 2690km in 8 days. We set off with 10 target species between us and dipped out on only one, Common Waxbill, but picked up 3 extra with Bald Ibis, Ferruginous Duck and Iberian Chiffchaff...Ray Thorneycroft reports

Egrets we've had a few......Central and Southern Spain 2nd May to 10th May 2005

  • Sunshine, paella and birds, birds, birds. What more could you ask? Well, wine that didn’t taste like vinegar, I guess, and hoteliers who were a little less like Juan Cleese. Overall though, in spite of some initial reservations, this trip got a big thumbs up from us all....Lee Nixon reports.
Collared Pratincole

The Ebro Delta, Spain and the Ile de Re, France May 2004

  • During May we made a trip to France and northeast Spain, partly business, partly birding; there was no rigid birding itinerary. The Ebro Delta was the only site we had definitely planned to visit. In the event, we managed to squeeze in a fair amount of birding, including a few days at the Ile de Re, a large island in the Bay of Biscay...Nick Ransdale reports

Spain 6-13 February 2004

  • It has been a wonderful trip in a way that the weather was nice and consequently, the birds were sympathetic. Also, I was astonished to see some migrant species already set, at such dates. Moreover, the quantity and diversity of birds, especially in Donana, are amazing, It's a fantastic site that absolutely needs to be seen. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to check all the area...Olivier Fontaine reports. 

“In search of Dupont’s Lark” Spain March 2003

  • The following report describes a 5-day trip to central Spain in March 2003. Our main goal was to find the Dupont's Lark, a species rarely seen by ornithologists, as it occurs away from the main birding areas...Gonçalo Elias reports.

Ogston Bird Club, Spanish Pyrenees-Belchite-Ebro Delta May 14th -29th 2003

  • To Belchite for 0600 hrs and our date with Dupont's Lark.  Immediately we opened the car doors we heard them calling.  We had distant views but they were almost impossible to locate, I think they have burrows. An amazing experience listening to this very rare bird...Richard Wesley reports

Southern Spain 4-17 September 2002

  • Where open water could be found there were a few waders, but the best pools were around and immediately west of the centre.  These held good numbers of Black-winged Stilts, Avocets, Little Stints, Curlew Sandpipers, Kentish Plovers, Greenshanks and Spotted Redshanks.  A large flock of Griffon Vultures fed nearby.  Other raptors included Red Kite, Montagu's Harrier and another distant Black-shouldered Kite...Ian Barthorpe & Tim Strudwick  report.

The Magnificent Marshside Seven do Espana April 2002

  • We trudged off towards our potential nemesis, after all Dupont's Lark was the main reason for the trip in the first place. Supplications were offered to any god that might be listening and I seriously considered the ritual sacrifice of my troublesome telescope, in return for decent views of the devil bird, by offering to hurl it over the precipice into the river many miles below us...but the omens looked very bad......a super humerous report from John Bannon.

South Western Spain 21st to 28th April 2002

  • This report covers the period from 21st to 28th April 2002 inc. The area covered was the South Western area of Spain from our base, the Hotel Cortijo Blanco nr San Pedro, in the Costa del Sol of Spain.  This was not a touristy holiday but a total birding holiday with my new partner in life, Ros.  In one week we covered 2,102 km and visited areas as far away as Sierra Nevada and also the Coto Donana....John Jennings reports.

A Birding Trip to Southern and Western Spain 16th-22nd January 2002

  • This was the best area for Black Vulture, birds being in the air constantly. The habitat was very poor, as all the vegetation had been cleared, leaving bare earth for miles! You then cross the dam and the habitat suddenly comes back, the spruces above the dam being excellent for Hawfinch. The habitat then opens up, allowing several areas for raptor scans and also being good for Azure-winged Magpie...James Eaton reports.

Spain October 4-15th 2001

  • The sun had barely risen when we added our first lifer of the trip: Great Bustard. We started off at one of the recommended sites in the Caceres - Trujillo Plains in the WTWB in SW Spain book. Several were seen flying over the general area. We basically drove from one recommended spot to another and birded. We soon added Azure-winged Magpie and through the corner of my eye while driving, some Black-bellied Sangrouse...Alex Kirschel reports

Trip report, Spain (and a few hours in Portugal) 13-26/5 2001

  • Preparing for the trip I listed of some very-much-wanted-species - our special "target species", most of them "lifers" to us both. Our goal was to try to see all these species, if possible. We based our itinerary on this list. Originally the northern part of the country (Picos de Europa) was not included in our plan, but after calculating the distances and thinking of the mouth-watering species hopefully present (Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Snowfinch, Alpine Chough etc.), we decided to visit this area too...Joakim Djerf reports

Extremadura (and a few other destinations) May 2000

  • Chris Jackson and I drove from England to Extremadura and back taking in The Pyrenees, Zaragoza, Monfrague, Trujillo and Caceres, Picos de Europa, La Brenne, Fontainebleau and Calais. Phil Cruttenden reports

SW and Central Spain 16th-25th April 1998

  • Into Spain via Castro Marim on the Portuguese / Spanish border then on to the Coto Doņana for a couple of days, then drive north through the steppe regions to Extremadura, based in this region at Monfragüe, with one day north into the Sierra de Gredos mountains, then return south back to the Coto Doņana, then out of Spain via Castro Marim again...Richard Dunn reports

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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 to watch birds in Southern and Western Spain
Ernest Garcia and Andrew Paterson: Buy from or

  • The reprint and update of this excellent book have been long awaited. I have birded in this region of Spain many times and yet I still have much to learn, Garcia and Paterson are the experts. Where else in Europe can you see five species of swift in one day? Did you know that Ruppel's Griffon Vulture is now regular in part of the region? New sites have been added and access details thoroughly updated. Areas covered include birding hotspots such as Extremadura, Gibraltar and Ronda. A "must buy" if you are traveling to Southern Spain.

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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