Trip report: Northern Spain (April 2018) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Emma Juxon. This was a set-departure tour.

Ask any European birder where to head for a week’s birding and they’ll tell you Spain, following on from the Southern Spain tour, Northern Spain has so much to offer. With it’s stunning snow-capped peaks, sun- drenched steppes and wader-filled wetlands, it’s a go-to destination for anyone wanting to score some cracking birds and take in some of Spain’s most beautiful landscapes. This year’s Northern Spain tour was very much treated as a custom tour, with only one couple staying on from the Southern Spain tour to join me on this gem of a trip. With a request for later mornings with no birding before the usual 9am breakfasts and earlier evenings, it was obvious that we weren’t out to tick off every species going. Having said that, we had a fantastic trip with many laughs, picking up 134 species, six of which were heard only and two seen only by the guide. Considering that the weather was completely out of the ordinary for the time of year and kept us off the snow-blocked roads in the Pyrenees, we were ecstatic with our bounty of lifers including Lammergeier (affectionately known as Lamb Burger by David), Alpine Chough, Alpine Accentor, Black-bellied Sandgrouse and
Penduline Tit to name a few.

FULL TROPICAL BIRDING Northern Spain April 2018 tour report (3.2 MB file, pdf format)