BIRDWATCHING

GUIDED ORNITHOLOGICAL ROUTES (BASIC TOURS)

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The Region of Murcia has very singular, interesting and little known birds. The largest European population of Eagle Owl population, high concentrations of Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and Bonelli’s Eagle. Birds that are difficult to see the rest of Europe can found here, such as Black Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush and Sardinian Warbler, apart from really rare species like Trumpeter Finch or other eye-catching ones like Golden Oriole, Hoopoe, Roller or the Bee-eaters. Up to 280 different species have been registered here. In order to give you the possibility to see the most interesting species, we have carefully prepared a selection of ornithological trips led by our team of local guides, who know the best locations from which to observe birds. They will help you enjoy the nature, birds and their habitats of the Region of Murcia. With the aim of satisfying the needs of all birdwatchers, we have designed 6 Basic Routes that comprise the most characteristic ecosystems of this region with their most interesting bird species:

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ROCK-DWELLING BIRDS  (Most characteristic species):

Bonelli’s Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Alppine Swift (Tachymarptis melba), Crag Martin (Ptynoprogne rupestris), Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)

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COUNTRYSIDE BIRDS  (Most characteristic species):

Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin (Cercotrichas galactotes), European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), Roller (Coracias garrulus),  Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius), Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), European Serin (Serinus serinus)

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FOREST BIRDS (Most characteristic species):

Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Euroasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Hobby (Falco subbuteo), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Crested Tit (Parus cristatus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)

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STEPPE BIRDS (Most characteristic species):

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis), Dupont’s Lark (Chersophilus duponti), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra), Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens), Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

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WATER BIRDS (Most characteristic species):

 Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), White-headed Dukc (Oxyura leucocephala), Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris),  Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

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SEA BIRDS (Most characteristic species):

Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauritanicus), European Strom-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Shag (Phalocrocorax aristotelis), Great Skua (Stercorarius skua), Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans), Audouin Gull (Larus audouinii), Razorbill (Alca torda), Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)…

BIRDWATCHING AND ETHICAL CODE

Bird watching is in itself a synonym for respect for nature, habitats and landscapes where bird species live. Ornithological tourism is one of the most beneficial activities in terms of nature conservation and preservation of biological diversity.

One of the principles, apart from professionalism, that guide our ornithological tourism activities is this ETHICAL CODE, by which the respect for the peace, the biological cycle and the wellbeing of birds is above any particular interest of the participants, photographers or people ringing birds that take part in the activities and which may negatively affect birds. This ethical code will be scrupulously respected in order to avoid any type of negative effect on birds.

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