Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th November 2018SPANISH PYRENEES IN WINTER
A visit to Boletas Birdwatching Centre in the beautiful Spanish Pyrenees for some winter sun and great birding.
We expect some exciting winter birding with species such as Wallcreeper, Bearded Vulture, Great and Little Bustard, Alpine Accentor and Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse to whet the appetite.
Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 8
Fly from London Stansted to Zaragoza and head to the area around Los Mallos de Riglos, where towering walls of conglomerate rock dwarf the houses and church in the village. This area is home to wintering Wallcreeper, as small numbers of these amazing birds spend the winter looking in the cracks and crevices for insects. Alpine Accentor and Black Wheatear can be seen in the village affording good views. Other species occurring in the area include Cirl Bunting, Sardinian Warbler, Red-billed Chough and we may see our first Bearded Vulture soaring over the cliffs which would be a great start to the tour.
The morning will be spent around the village of Loporzano where Spotless and European Starlings can be seen side-by-side, allowing excellent plumage comparison. Crested and Thekla Larks frequent the rocky areas and Griffon Vultures, Red Kites and Red-billed Chough can be seen overhead. Late morning we will search for Bearded Vulture, a species that begins displaying in November and descends to lower levels looking for food. A visit to a vulture feeding station is planned, where we can expect excellent views of both Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vultures and Northern Raven on the ground. The village has large numbers of wintering passerines, including Rock Sparrow, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting and European Serin plus many more. Red-billed Chough can be found on fields nearby and easily reach in excess of 300 birds in one flock!
The day will be spent in Los Monegros, an area of semi-desert and plains to the east of Zaragoza. During late autumn/winter birds flock together in stony fields and Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse can be seen in large flocks. Iberian Grey Shrikes hunt from bushes and Griffon Vultures and Golden Eagles glide overhead in search of food. A small population of Great Bustard occur here and become easier to see during November and we should come across flocks of Little Bustard and Calandra and Lesser Short-toed Larks. We will round off the day at a lagoon where Red-crested Pochard, Black-necked Grebe and other wildfowl winter, whilst the sight of up to 100 Western Marsh Harriers hunting over the reedbed is an enjoyable sight.
Depending on the time of flights, we will look for Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Thekla Lark, European Serin and Golden Eagle at a castle ruin before heading back to Zaragoza and our flight home to the UK.
Flights from London Stansted to Zaragoza
Full board accommodation for 3 nights including wine with evening meals
All ground transport in Spain
Full guiding services
Extra drinks and items of a personal nature
Lunch on day one
Relaxed, one to two miles walking per day
Expect between 90 and 110 species
Ground Price: £700
*Air Price: £150
Total Tour Price: £850
Single Supplement: £90
*Please see our tours page regarding flight costs