Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1150.00

Deposit:

250.00

Single Room Supplement:

50.00

Tour Code:

Expect some early starts and a lot of travelling on this tour, and also note that we use three accommodation bases. Expect some moderate walking and a couple of steep slopes.

Group Size:

Eight plus leaders

Dupont's Lark Alpine Chough Riglos Alpine Accentor Lammergeier Snow Finch Citril Finch

Spanish Pyrenees & Steppe - Dupont's Lark & Wallcreeper

Date: 25th February - 2nd March 2019 - SPACES
Leaders: Jason Moss & Carles Oliver

Introduction

 

Wallcreeper

 

This short late winter break is designed with two very special birds in mind, and is timed specifically to coincide with the easiest time of year to see both. Flying into Barcelona, we will overnight in the Pyrenean foothills and spend three full days birding this magnificent landscape looking for its trademark bird, the Wallcreeper. During winter, the birds come down to low elevations, wintering around rocky outcrops. We will hope to connect with them at this altitude before they return to the high tops to breed, giving us a great opportunity for viewing these enigmatic birds without the need for scaling high altitudes. Alpine Accentor and Lammergeier are likely too as we base ourselves for three nights near the town of Huesca. If the weather permits, we may get the chance to head into the High Pyrenees and look for Snowfinch, Alpine Chough, Citril Finch, Rock Sparrow and Black Woodpecker. Heading South, we spend the last night near the town of Belchite giving us an early morning start on the adjacent plains for the Duponts Lark, one of Europe’s rarest breeding birds. Heading through cultivated land and open steppe country, we also have a chance to find species typical of this terrain such as Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, both Great and Little Bustards and more larks. El Planeron, the SEO reserve and Dupont's Lark location, is a fantastic place to hear the songs of Lesser Short-toed, Thekla and Calandra Larks, and watch for hunting Golden Eagles and passage Stone Curlews. Common Cranes could already be passing through the foothills on their journey North and wintering and migrant  raptors will be well represented, often already including Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle and Black Kite. Our final day see's us visit the excellent Llobregat Delta, right by Barcelona airport. Here wetland birds include wintering Moustached Warbler, and a chance of migrants such as Little Bittern. Your tour leaders will be Jason Moss and Carles Oliver and we will hope to see around 120 species. 

 

 

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