Ermita del Buen Acuerdo / The Buen Acuerdo Chapel (Gallocanta)
On last 20 and 21 November a party of members and friends from SEO/BirdLife we visited the lagoon of Gallocanta (between the provinces of Zaragoza and Teruel) and the steppes of Belchite. We had quite a lot Common Cranes during the whole day spent in Gallocanta, having some fantastic memories from several groups of Cranes flying over our heads going into their roost. Unfortunately the level of the water was still so low that all ducks and gulls were quite far away from us and couldn't see much more that day. Once it was dark we travelled into Cariñena where we stayed in our hotel. The following morning we visited the steppes of Belchite, mainly the El Planeron (a nature reserve property of SEO/BirdLife) where we only recorded Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Lesser short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark and Hen Harrier. It was too windy and cold for seeing anything else, and of course no chances for Dupont's Lark.
After visiting the impressive ruins of the old village of Belchite (distroyed during the Spanish Civil War) and the La Lomaza reserve, where we had Southern Grey Shrike and Lesser short-toed Lark, we returned to Madrid.