Highlights from two spring across Spain tours 2022

After two years of you know what …

… we were back in the field and leading birding tours around Spain. One in March, and one in May, we ran two almost identical nature tours but quite a lot of different birds, butterflies, weather and experiences!

Glossy ibis in flight

Tour 1 – March – Len and Lucy (see their review here)

Unsettled weather, I rarely took off my woolly hat! Strong winds, overcast, some rain and lots of rain at Tarifa. Despite that some marvellous birds with a very receptive couple, Len and Lucy from North Carolina.

In Catalonia and Aragón

Spotted Crake and “the gulls”, but above all Scops Owls, Little Owl and Great Spotted Cuckoo, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Black Wheatear, the only Blue Rock Thrush of the tour, Bearded Tit, Wallcreeper, Lammergeier, Egyptian Vulture, Rock Sparrow, Common Crane

In Navarra

Ferruginous Duck, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Dupont’s Lark, Mediterranean Short-toed Lark

In Andalucía

Baillon’s Crake, Little Swift, Northern Bald Ibis, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture, White-headed Duck, Marbled Duck, Red-knobbed Coot …

USA birders with Birding In Spain

Tour 2 – May – 6 participants from Indiana, USA

Many of the above plus summer migrants …

White-rumped Swift, Pallid Swift, Collared Pratincole, Roller, European Bee-eater, Red-necked Nightjar, Black-eared Wheatear, Western Subalpine Warbler, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel, Red-backed Shrike, Black Stork, … and then more than 50 species of butterfly.

Bee-eater Merops apiaster

What a busy spring! Once again, thanks to all those who placed their trust in Birding In Spain, and made me get out and travel with them around this marvellous country at the most enjoyable time of year.

Birding in spring in Spain – it’s hard to beat!

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