I did this hike in early June 2013, ejoying the first days of good weather of this year, when the rain and cold has no truce.
Like many other times, I started in Iltzarbe (OlloValley, Navarra, Spain), with destiny since the summit of the Sierra de San Donato. It’s a long trip (25 km), but it is nice for birdwatching if you take it easy. They cross several habitats: bottom valley crops, pastures with hedges and trees, and mountain grazing meadows.
This hike has been excellent in birding. 31 species! Including some I did not expect, as a booted eagle. Will she live in this pine forest? It’s the first time I see her, so I’ll watch for these times.
I have also been lucky enough to find two nice caves hidden in the undergrowth. Deep one. At least the stone I shot indicated it. A little surprise I did not expect and that gives more joy to the hike.
First some pictures, and at the end, the birds list of this hike.
And the birs list:
- Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)
- Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
- Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)
- Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
- Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
- Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
- Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
- Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)
- Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
- Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
- Northern Wheater (Oenanthe oenanthe)
- Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
- Yelloshammer (Emberiza citrinella)
- European Stonechat (Saxicola nubicola)
- Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
- European Serin (Serinus serinus)
- Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
- European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
- House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
- Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
- Common House Martin (Delichon urbica)
- Common Swift (Apus apus)
- Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)
- European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
- Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
- Great Tit (Parus major)
- Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
- Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
- Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
- Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
- Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard) (Dendrocopos major)