Birding and Hiking in Ollo Valley and San Donato Mountain (Navarra, Spain)

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)


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