Ornithological Tourism

Our house is located in the middle of dry farming fields which makes it an ideal and unique environment for birdwatching enthusiasts to observe especially steppe birds, such as the Bustard, the Carraca or the Alcaraván.

ORNITOLOGY

Enjoy the observation of steppe birds such as the Little Bustard, the Short-toed Lark, the Hawk and the Rattail in the Plan de Sió SPA.

The rural house El Abellerol is located in the middle of dry farming fields. This location makes it an ideal environment to enjoy bird watching tourism, especially steppe birds..

The house is located in the ZEPA of Plans de Sió (Code: ES0000478), which is part of the Xarax Natura 2000 and the network of PEIN areas of the Generalitat de Catalunya. We are therefore in an area of special protection at a European level.

Birdwatching can be done all year round, as several birds spend the winter in the ZEPA. However, it is in spring, with the arrival of summer migratory birds, that this area becomes an ideal place for bird watching.

Very close to the house (5km) you can discover the natural richness of the ecosystems of the drylands of Lleida in the interpretation centre that you will find in the Castle of Concabella. For more information you can go to the following link:
http://concabella.cat/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Centre-Interpretaci%C3%B3-Els-secans-de-Lleida.pdf

Other Observation Zones:

Another area where you can observe more than 100 different species of birds is in the Estany de Ivars i Vilassana, which is about 20 minutes by car from the rural house.

At the information point of the Estany d'Ivars i Vilassana you will find basic birding guides available. Or you can go directly to their website:
http://www.estanyivarsvilasana.cat/

Links of interest:

Most common species in Catalonia:

Abejaruco

Beehive
(Merops apiaster)

Order: Coracciformes
Family: Meropidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: M. Apiaster (monotypic)

Owl
(Tyto alba)

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: T. alba alba, T. alba guttata

Cernícalo común

Common Kestrel
(Falco tinnunculus)

Order: Falconiforms
Family: Falconidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: F. tinnunculus tinnunculus

Alcaravan

Alcaravan
(Burhinus oedicnemus)

Order: Caradriformes
Family: Burhinidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: B. Oedicnemus oedicnemus

Aguila culebrera

Short-toed Eagle
(Circaetus gallicus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: C. gallicus (monotypic)

Terrera común

Common Lark
(Calandrella brachydactyla)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: C. brachydactyla brachydactyla

Mochuelo europeo

European Owl
(Athene noctua)

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: A. noctua vidalii

Chotacabras

Chotacabras
(Caprimulgus europaeus)

Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: C. europaeus europaeus, C. europaeus meridionalis

Booted Eagle
(Hieraateus pennatus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: H. pennatus (monotypic)

Brown Chotacabra
(Caprimulgus ruficollis)

Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: C. ruficollis ruficollis

Alcotán europeo

European Houbara Bustard
(Falco subbuteo)

Order: Falconiforms
Family: Falconidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: F. subbuteo subbuteo

Busardo ratonero

Buzzard
(Buteo buteo)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: B. buteo buteo

Common plane
(Delichon urbicum)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: D. urbicum urbicum

Griffon vulture
(Gyps fulvus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: G. fulvus fulvus Població Catalana: 1878-2230 individus madurs

Barn Swallow
(Hirundo rustica)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: H. rustica rustica

Aguilucho lagunero

Marsh Harrier
(Circus aeruginosus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: C. aeruginosus aeruginosus

Red Partridge
(Alectoris rufa)

Order: Gal.liformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: A. rufa ssp.

Aguila real

Golden Eagle
(Aquila chrysaetos)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: A. chrysaetos chrysaetos, A. chrysaetos homeyeri

Common lark
(Melanocorypha calandra)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: M. calandra calandra

Common pheasant
(Phasianus colchicus)

Order: Gal.liformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: P. colchicus ssp.

Carraca europea

European Ratchet
(Coracias garrulus)

Order: Coracciformes
Family: Coraciidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: C. garrulus garrulus

Sisón común

Little Bustard
(Tetrax tetrax)

Order: Gruïformes
Family: Otididae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: T. tetrax (monotypic)

Upupidea

Upupidae
(Upupa epops)

Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Upupidae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: U. epops epops

Montagu's Harrier
(Cyrcus pygarus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subspecies cited in Catalonia: C. pygargus (monotypic)

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