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Spain – The Pyrenees

Montane Raptorfest

8 June to 15 June 2017

Leader: Steve West

Maximum of seven clients.

2017 Cost: £1,799 single room supplement £100

This two centre holiday allows us to explore a wide range of habitats and hopefully find some of the more elusive birds of the Pyrenean ranges, foothills and dry steppe. At this time of year the mountains will also have a fine show of butterflies and plants to complement the avifauna. We can search oak forest to look for European Honey Buzzard, Iberian Chiffchaff and Middle Spotted Woodpecker, while the dry grasslands hold Stone Curlew, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Greater Short-toed, Lesser Short-toed, the rare and elusive Dupont’s, Thekla and Calandra Larks, Tawny Pipit, Lesser Kestrel, Black-eared and Black Wheatears, Spectacled Warbler and European Nightjar.

Birds of prey are a particular attraction on this holiday, and over 16 species have been recorded, including Lammergeier, Golden, Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Northern Goshawk, Red and Black Kites and Montagu’s Harrier. At high levels, one can expect other species, such as White-winged Snowfinch, Alpine Accentor, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Citril Finch, Alpine Chough, Ring Ouzel and Water Pipit. In the foothills and on the plains, White Stork, Black Woodpecker, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, Blue Rock Thrush, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Melodious, Dartford, Sardinian, Subalpine and Western Bonelli's Warblers, Crested Tit, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike, Red-billed Chough, Common Rock Sparrow and Cirl, Rock and Ortolan Buntings can all be expected. In particular, we will make a special effort to find Wallcreeper, that most sought after of mountain birds.

We shall make a special effort to look for some of the myriad butterflies found in this region at this time of year. Chamois and Alpine Marmot also make for two interesting additions to the mammal list.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Fly to Bilbao and transfer
to Villafranca
Days 2-3 Villafranca
Days 4-7 Isaba
Day 8 Depart Bilbao