Del Atlántico a los Pirineos (un viaje organizado para VENT), 25 Abril - 11 Mayo / Parte III
From the Atlantic Ocean to the high Pyrenees (a tour for VENT), 25 April - 11 May / Part III

Our first mountains were the Gredos; accordingly, we loaded up on new birds. Red Crossbills, Coal and Crested tits, European Pied Flycatcher, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Ortolan Bunting, European Robin (a charmer in the garden), and Black Redstart all put in appearances. Hiking up the old Roman road early one morning yielded many new alpine birds like Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Northern Wheatear, Skylark, White-throated Dipper, Rock Bunting, and Dunnock. The star of the show on this glorious morning was the Bluethroat, which sang and kept popping up on Pyrenean Brooms closer and closer to us until Santi and I were grinning from ear to ear, sharing our photos! We also saw the Spanish Ibex for which the Gredos are famous. No trip to the Gredos is complete until you’ve enjoyed a few meals from Alfonso at Hostal Almanzor; the pastry appetizer with roasted veggies and cheese was a hit.

Text by Brian Gibbons (Victor Emanuel Nature Tours)
Photos: Santi Villa (Spainbirds Nature Tours)

Pechiazul / Bluethroat

Pechiazul / Bluethroat

Roquero rojo / Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Alondra común / Skylark

Polygonia C-album / Comma Butterfly

Reyezuelo listado / Firecrest

Papamoscas cerrojillo / (Iberian) Pied Flycatcher

Reyezuelo sencillo / Goldcrest

Lagarto ocelado / Ocellated Lizard

Lagarto ocelado / Ocellated Lizard

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