Seasons

logobirding-700x261Extremadura is one of the best places in Europe to practice birding and any time of year is suitable for a visit. Let us analize each season.

Winter (November to February): Our area is ideal for the winter a lot of birds from northern European place. The winter stars are the Common Cranes; more than 100,000 exemplars found here plenty of food and a mild climate. The wetlands of the area (rice fields and reservoirs) are home to about 100,000 waterfowl in the center of Extremadura. The main concentration occurs in the Sierra Brava reservoir, where they have counted more than 80,000 exemplars. Rice fields are suitable to accommodate a large number of waders, some are passing and others live here all winter. In addition, the number of resident species is enormous, many raptors and steppe birds remain all winter.

Spring (March to May): In February start arriving migratory birds, mostly from Africa breeding here and live the whole summer until the month of September or October. That is, the time period in which most species of birds can be found in the center of Extremadura is going from March to September. They are also very interesting species of birds for bird enthusiasts of Central and Northern Europe, as many of them do not migrate farther north than the Iberian Peninsula. Lesser Kestrel, Booted Eagle, Short-Toed Eagle, Black Stork, Egyptian Vulture, European Roller, Purpure Heron, etc.

Summer (June to September): Most breeding birds in the area have already bred and juvenile birds are out of their nests. It is a good time to see birds, as good as the spring. Of course, we must seize the first and last hours of the day. If you rise early, you can have many satisfactions as birdwatchers in these months.

Autumn (October-November): Some migrater birds from Africa, can still be seen, as Red-Necked Nightjar. Again they are months of passage for birds returning to Northern Europe, especially waterfowl and waders. The resident birds most emblematics remain in the area and become quite visible, raptors and steppe birds.

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