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Birding around Barcelona - Garraf and Llobregat Delta

Garraf Nature Park and Llobregat Nature Reserves (1 day)

Local guide: Oriol Clarabuch

Group members: Ann and Erik Lieberman

64 bird species recorded

Trip report written by Oriol Clarabuch

Birding trip report - May 10th 2007

We started at 8:30 a.m. from the harbour in Barcelona, where Ann and Erik had just landed with their cruise. We decided to head to Garraf mountains Nature Park as soon as possible in order to avoid the high temperatures of the midday. Traffic was a little annoying but we were in the right place around 9 o'clock. It was a clear day without clouds and soon the sky was full of swifts. We managed to spot all the 3 possible species; Alpine, Pallid, and Common.

The day was quite quiet as we walked through a scrubland. From the bushes, many Sardinian Warblers were calling all the time, and among them were Dartford Warblers and Stonechats on top of the bushes. After a short walk we started to find some migrants moving around: Woodchat Shrike, Black-eared and Northern Wheatears, Whinchat, Redstart, Willow Warbler and Pied Flycatcher.

After some interesting birds, we decided to move to the wetlands of the Llobregat Delta Nature Reserves. A short drive took us to the Remolar lagoon and we easily started to add more species to the day list. One remarkable species was a flock of Audouin’s Gulls (the logo of Audouin Birding Tours) that were roosting in the lagoon; other interesting birds were an Eurasian Spoonbill that showed briefly before landing and a Flamingo eating in front of the wooden view point. Several wader species were on the mudflats and after some time and having enjoyed good views of many species we headed to our last place.

Another short drive took us close to the Cal Tet lagoon. From the parking place we started walking through a reed bed until we reached a view point. On the way we managed to scope Zitting Cisticola after following some fast moving birds. The lagoon in front of us allowed excellent views of Whiskered, Black and the scarce White-winged Black Terns. Also from this point we were able to see Purple and Squacco Herons and Purple Swamphen. On our way back, we found some Bee-eaters that added some colour and a good end to the hours birding close to Barcelona city. At 3 p.m. and after some traffic jam getting into Barcelona, our trip ended in las Ramblas with some time to learn about the city before departing again with cruise.

Comments from Ann and Erik

We couldn't have been happier with Oriol. We saw about 60+ different species of birds. He is very knowledgeable and personable. I think the flamingo, spoonbill and beeater were the highlights of the day.  We will recommend you to any of our friends who may be birding in Spain.

Bird list from around Barcelona

  1. Little Grebe
  2. Squacco Heron
  3. Little Egret
  4. Grey Heron
  5. Purple Heron
  6. Spoonbill
  7. Greater Flamingo
  8. Shelduck
  9. Gadwall
  10. Mallard
  11. Red-crested Pochard
  12. Marsh Harrier
  13. Kestrel
  14. Red-legged Partridge
  15. Pheasant
  16. Moorhen
  17. Purple Swamp-hen
  18. Coot
  19. Black-winged Stilt
  20. Collared Pratincole
  21. Little Ringed Plover
  22. Ringed Plover
  23. Kentish Plover
  24. Redshank
  25. Black-headed Gull
  26. Audouin's Gull
  27. Yellow-legged Gull
  28. Whiskered Tern
  29. Black Tern
  30. White-winged Black Tern
  31. Rock Pigeon
  32. Woodpigeon
  33. Collared Dove
  34. Turtle Dove
  35. Monk Parakeet
  36. Cuckoo
  37. Swift
  38. Pallid Swift
  39. Alpine Swift
  40. Bee-eater
  41. Crested Lark
  42. Sand Martin
  43. Barn Swallow
  44. House Martin
  45. Redstart
  46. Whinchat
  47. Stonechat
  48. Northern Wheatear
  49. Black-eared Wheatear
  50. Cetti's Warbler
  51. Zitting Cisticola
  52. Great Reed Warbler
  53. Dartford Warbler
  54. Sardinian Warbler
  55. Willow Warbler
  56. Pied Flycatcher
  57. Woodchat Shrike
  58. Magpie
  59. Starling
  60. Spotless Starling
  61. House Sparrow
  62. Tree Sparrow
  63. Serin
  64. Goldfinch

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