Recommended Accommodation

Rincón del Cierzo - Rural Hotel close to the Dupont's lark

Belchite and the River Ebro

The SEO-Birdlife reserves of el Planerón and la Lomaza are both a short drive from the small town of Belchite. Every spring birders come from all over Europe, and even further afield, hoping to set eyes on the famed Dupont's Lark, which maintains a sizeable population in the area. With a little perseverance they usually spot this and other steppeland gems against a backdrop of authentic Spaghetti Western scenery. Combine a visit to the steppelands with a walk along a meander of the nearby River Ebro to see a surprising variety of species in a short length of time.  

Sites worth visiting after Birding Experience in Belchite Steppes:

It is worthwhile going to Quinto de Ebro to visit an interesting and bird-rich meander close to the town. Turn off the main road at the Hotel Rioja sign and follow a track over the railway which then crosses allotments to run parallel to the course of the river Ebro.

Species that could be seen here include: Purple Heron, Night Heron, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Osprey (on migration), Bee-eater, Kingfisher, Wryneck, Fan-tailed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole and Tree Sparrow.

Bird Species that can be found in Belchite Sreppes:

  • Purple Heron
  • White Stork
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Black Kite
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Montagu's Harrier
  • Short-toed Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Hobby
  • Stone Curlew
  • Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
  • Black-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Little Owl
  • Bee-eater
  • Wryneck
  • Crag Martin
  • Dupont's Lark
  • Calandra Lark
  • Lesser Short-toed Lark
  • Short-toed Lark
  • Thekla Lark
  • Black Wheatear
  • Black-eared Wheatear
  • Blue Rock Thrush
  • Fan-tailed Warbler
  • Cetti's Warbler
  • Melodious Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Sardinian Warbler
  • Spectacled Warbler
  • Penduline Tit
  • Golden Oriole
  • Woodchat Shrike
  • Red-billed Chough,Tree Sparrow
  • Dotterel (passage).