Spain Birding Safari

Bonelli's Eagle

10 Day Spain Birding Safari

Spain is the country with the highest birding diversity in Europe and one of my favorite places in Europe. Starting from Madrid and visiting Extremadura, the arid Ebro valley plains, the high Pyrenees and the Ebro Delta wetlands to get a complete yet concise look at the rich bird life and scenery of this western European country. Finishing at Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, home of Gaudí and Las Ramblas. 

Black Woodpecker

Itinerary outline

Quick-glance itinerary

1: From *Madrid to Monfragüe. Hotel near Monfragüe.
2: The Monfragüe National Park. Hotel near Monfragüe.
3: The Cáceres plains. Hotel near Monfragüe.
4: From Monfragüe to the Ebro valley. Hotel south of Zaragoza.
5: The Ebro valley. Hotel south of Zaragoza.
6: From the Ebro valley to the Pyrenees. Hotel in Pyrenees of Aragón.
7: The Pyrenees Mountains and valleys. Hotel in Pyrenees of Aragón.
8: From the Pyrenees to the Ebro Delta. Hotel in the Ebro Delta.
9: The Ebro Delta. Hotel in the Ebro Delta.
10: From the Ebro Delta to Barcelona. End of Safari 

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse

Birds of Extremadura

Extremadura region (first 3 nights) – raptor heaven with Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle and Short-toed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Black-winged Kite, Red Kite, Black Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Hobby, Montagu’s Harrier, Western Marsh Harrier, Lesser Kestrel and Common Buzzard. Steppe species such as Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Stone Curlew, Calandra Lark, Short-toed Lark, Great Spotted Cuckoo, European Roller, Little Owl and more. Other regional and Mediterranean specialties such as White-rumped Swift, Pallid Swift, Iberian Magpie, Spanish Sparrow, Black Stork, White Stork, Bee-eater, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting, Orphean Warbler, Subalpine Warbler.

Little Bustard

Ebro River Valley

Ebro valley (next two nights) – Bustards, sandgrouse and larks, including the rare Dupont’s Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Skylark and Thekla Lark. Red-legged Partridge, Blue Rock Thrush, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Dartford Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Iberian Grey Shrike, Red-billed Chough. Riverside and woodland birds, including Iberian Green Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Short-toed Treecreeper, Melodious Warbler, Golden Oriole, and Cirl Bunting.



Pyrenees (nights 6 and 7) – Spectacular mountain scenery with birds such as Lammergeier, Black Woodpecker, Wallcreeper, Wryneck, Scop’s Owl, Alpine Accentor, Water Pipit, Tree Pipit, Ring Ouzel, White-throated Dipper, Rock Thrush, Marsh Tit, Crested Tit, Bullfinch, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Red-backed Shrike, Red Crossbill, Alpine Chough, Citril Finch, Ortolan Bunting, and more.

Audouin’s Gul

Ebro Delta

Ebro Delta – Audouin’s Gull, Slender-billed Gull, other gulls, Red Crested Pochard, Common Shelduck, other ducks, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, other waders, Greater Flamingo, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Purple Swamphen, Glossy Ibis, Water Rail, Red-necked Nightjar, Yellow Wagtail, Great Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, seabirds and terns. 

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