Another Barcelona Holiday

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24th May 2015


With family living in Barcelona we are regular visitors to the city and to the huge diversity of habitats which make up Catalonia. These holidays are never exclusively about birding but we had never visited in May, and looked forward to catching up with some summer visitors and migrants. It proved a very hot spell but the birds did not disappoint. As ever I was a regular visitor to the Llogrebat delta, and we managed a day trip to Aguamolls, and several days in the Balaguer area. Predictable species included Bee Eater, Roller and Golden Oriole. Alpine Swifts screaming near our family's apartment was unpredictable, as was 12 Red-footed Falcons on the Balaguer dry lands, and Collared Pratincole at Llogrebat. It was good to see Black-eared Wheatear and the two species of Rock Thrush, as well as Woodchat Shrike and Rock Sparrow. Montague's Harrier was viewed in stunning evening light and the overall numbers and abundance of birds seemed to be in stark contrast to parts of Skye. However, the catalonian scenery is just as spectacular and we are fortunate to be able to enjoy this fantastic region on a regular basis. On this self-guided tour we managed to record 126 species.