Tour North of Catalonia

  • Tour North of Catalonia
  • Tour North of Catalonia
  • Tour North of Catalonia

We propose a 7 days tour where we will visit 4 areas of high ornithological interest in the North of Catalonia.

1. OSONA (2 days)

DAY 1:

During this part of the journey we will carry out a tour to the Plain of Vic and to the Ter River. In the Plain of Vic we will visit the growing areas and forest areas, the mosaic agroforestry of this important agricultural area of Catalonia. Here, we can observe Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), European Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), Euroepan Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Little Owl (Athene noctua), Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) and Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus).

After that we will visit the river Ter, where we will enjoy watching the herons colony, where is breeding the Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Egratta garzetta), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Western Cattle Egret (Bulbulcus ibis) and which also are frequents Great Egret (Ardea alba). Walking around we can watch Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) and Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea).

DAY 2:

During this second day in Osona region we will go to Collsacabra’s cliffs, very close to the small town of Tavertet. This is one of the most important rocky cliffs of the northern half of Catalonia. In this place we will observe Peregrine Falcon (Falco pereginus), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and Rock Bunting (Embericia cia). And in winter, if we are luck, we will watch the Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria).

2. PYRENEES (2 days)

DAY 3:

We will make a route of two days in the Eastern Pyrenees of Catalonian. During the first day we will visit the alpine area in the north of Ripoll, in order to watch Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), Dunnoch (Prunella modularis) and Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus). In the afternoon we will walk to the subalpine forest of black pine, where we will find Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), European Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus) and Citril Finch (Carduelis citrinella).

DAY 4:

During the second day we will visit Ogassa and “Serra Cavallera”, where predominate the mix of scots pine forest, beech forest and grass pastures . In this place we can watch Common Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) and Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio).

3. CABO DE CREUS (1 Day)

DAY 5:

After this two days in Pyrenees we will continue our bird watching tour to the Cap de Creus, where Pyrenees arrive to the Mediterranean Sea. In the morning we will make a walk in the middle of the natural park and we will watch birds of scrubs and rocky area like Thekla Lark (Galerdida tecklae), Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata), Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) and if with a little luck Common Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis). During the afternoon we will visit the coast villages to see Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) and some sea birds like Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) y Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea). Late afternoon we will arrive to the top of Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery where it is easy to watch Bonelli’s Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus) and Western Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis).

4. AMPURDÁN WETLANDS (2 days)

DAY 6:

We will make a tour of two days to the different habitats of the Natural Park in the AmpurdĂĄn Wetlands.

During the first day we will visit the lagoons and wetland areas in the Natural Park, where we will watch White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Eurasian Pendukine Tit (Remiz pendulinus), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and during the time step we can watch some wading vagrants like Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) or Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii).

DAY 7:

On the second day of this tour will walk through the agriculture areas from the Natural Park, and the target will be to watch European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanii), Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) and Western Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli).

Duration: 7 days / 8 nights

Price: from 1.200€/ person. Group from 6 people.

Includes: accommodation ina a double room and half board (breakfast + dinner) – 8 nigths-  in our selected hotels, ornithologist / nature guide, birdwatching book list, transport in air-conditioning car, fuel, tolls and Spanish tax (VAT).

Ask the supplement for accommodation in a double use individual room.

Not includes: transfer on arrival and departure day (ask for the supplement), lunchs.

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