North-east Spain

Sierra de Guara, Belchite steppe and the Ebro Delta

Dates: 25th February - 4th March 2021

Wallcreeper, SpainFirecrest, SpainLammergeier, Spain

We begin by heading north-west from Barcelona, making our way to the Sierra de Guara which is a range of mountains lying just south of the Pyrenees. On route we'll stop at a couple of sites during our first afternoon where we should hopefully catch up with Little Bustard and possibly Bonelli's Eagle before heading for our hotel in the Huesca area. We'll then spend two and a half days exploring the sierra where we should catch up with some classic mountain birds includng Lammergeier, Wallcreeper and Alpine Accentor amongst others. Cranes begin to move through the area and reach a peak in late February / early March so we're likely to encounter them in various locations as they attempt to head north over the Pyrenees. We'll also visit a vulture feeding site which allows some up close views of Griffon Vultures, the odd Lammergeier and maybe an early Egyptian Vulture. Once we've finished exploring the area we'll make our way towards El Planeron, near Belchite. This area of steppe is excellent for Golden Eagle which we're likely to see each day we're here whilst the real prize for this reserve is the rare and elusive Dupont's Lark. This can be a difficult species to see as it spends much of its time on the ground amongst the scrub although they are more visible from February - early April than at any other time year. It may take a bit of time of locate them but there'll be plenty of other birds ot looks at with various other larks and both Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse possible. We'll also spend sometime in the southern part of Los Monegros where with a bit of luck we'll be able to find Great Bustard, Little Bustard and sandgrouse amongst many larks and other steppe species. Finally we'll move on to the coast and the extensive Ebro Delta. The whole area is alive with birds and a real contrast to the mountainous and steppe habitats we've already visited. Glossy Ibis and Purple Swamphens are very common and Greater Flamingos occur in good numbers. We'll also enounter good numbers of waders as well as various gulls and terns including Audouin's Gull, Slender-billed Gull and Caspian Tern. Bluethroat are fairly common, as are Penduline Tits whilst we may also find the odd warbler lurking amongst the reeds. This is an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of birds and you can expect to see over 150 species amongst some classic Spanish scenery.

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, SpainBluethroat, SpainAudouin's Gull, Spain

Short list of species: Red-crested Pochard, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Hen Harrier, Common Crane, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Caspian Tern, Whiiskered Tern, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Scop's Owl, Calandra Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Dupont's Lark, Crag Martin, Alpine Accentor, Bluethroat, Black Wheatear, Penduline Tit, Wallcreeper, Iberian Grey Shrike, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting.

Full itinerary coming soon

Dates: 25th February - 4th March 2021

Cost: £1,150 (not including flights) We can help arrange flights if required.

Price includes 7 nights accommodation, all meals and transport throughout the tour.

Accommodation: We'll be staying in comfortable hotels at 3 locations. The first site in Sierra de Guara for 3 nights and then 2 nights in the Belchite area and 2 nights in the Ebro Delta.

Group size: 8 (maximum)

Booking: Please email: steveduffield70@gmail.com

Where to meet: Meet in Barcelona International airport on the morning of the 25th.