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Huesca and surroundings

Huesca and surroundings

ITINERARY

Huesca, Loreto reservoir, Torresecas, Lupiñén, Ortilla, Montmesa and La Sotonera reservoir, Chimillas reservoir, Fornillos and Montearagón Castle.

SPECIES

RESIDENT: Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Goshawk, Eagle Owl, Long-eared Owl, Little Owl, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Calandra Lark, Sky Lark, Wood Lark, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Common Coot, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Great White Egret.

SUMMER: Egyptian Vulture, Short-Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Hobby, Lesser Kestrel, Scops Owl, European Bee-Eater, Woodchat Shrike, Western Orphean Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Little Egret.

OVERWINTERING: Hen Harrier, Merlin, Eurasian Wigeon, Greylag Goose, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, European Golden Plover, Northern Lapwing, Fieldfare, Redwing, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper, Brambling, Hawfinch, Bullfinch.

MIGRANTS: European Bee-eater, Osprey, Barn Owl, Black Stork, Common Crane, Eurasian Spoonbill, Garganey, waders and gulls.

OTHER FAUNA

MAMMALS: Iberian Ibex.

AMPHIBIANS: Pyrenean Brook Salamander.

DESCRIPTION

RECOMMENDED TIME OF YEAR: All year round.

HABITATS: Patchwork of cereal fields with oak woods, irrigated areas, gallery forests, Mediterranean scrub, wetlands and clay cliffs.

BIRDING ARAGÓN

Common Crane. Photo: Ricardo Pérez

BIRDS

Redwing
Redwing

Turdus iliacus ES: zorzal alirrojo Description L: 21cm; W:60-65cm; Brown above, pale underparts with brown streaking, well-marked pale eyebrow, reddish flanks, black flanges, white moustachial stripe, reddish-brown undercovert feathers....

Fieldfare
Fieldfare

Turdus pilaris ES: zorzal real Description L: 22-27cm; W:39-42cm; Gray head and back of neck; chestnut-coloured back; grey rear of back; dark tail; white belly; pale flank, black-spotted; undercovert feathers white; yellow bill with ocher...

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush

Monticola solitarius ES: roquero solitario Description L: 21-23cm; W: 33-37cm; The male in breeding plumage is bluish-grey; dark wings and tail; in winter with brown rims on the blue feathers. Female has grey-brown upperparts, bluish tinge...

Black Wheatear
Black Wheatear

Oenanthe leucura ES: collalba negra Description L: 18cm; W:26-29cm; Uniformly black body (male) or dark brown (female); white rump and undertail coverts; white tail with a central and terminal black band. Both sexes are similar, the male is...

Alpine Accentor
Alpine Accentor

Prunella collaris ES: Acentor alpino Description L: 15-17cm, W:30-32cm; Larger than the Common, although similar. Gray with brown markings; greyish underparts, with chestnut flanks; white throat with black streaks; wings with dark coverts...

Eurasian Skylark
Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis ES: Alondra común Description L: 18-19cm W: 30-36cm. Striped brown plumage; outer tail feathers white, the wing with a white band at tip; head with a small crest; clear eyebrow. Juveniles have white fringing on feathers....

Woodlark
Woodlark

Tree lullula ES: Alondra totovía Description L: 15cm W: 27-30cm. Bird with a small crest and large eyebrow that joins the nape, with brown upper parts and dark stripes except for the rump; striated along the throat and chest and whitish...

Calandra Lark
Calandra Lark

Melanocorypha calandra ES: Calandria común Description L: 18-19cm W: 34-42cm. Crestless head without crown and marked eyebrow, thick and strong beak. Brown upper part, with light edges, chest with fine stripes and two dark lateral spots...

European Bee-eater
European Bee-eater

Merops apiaster ES: Abejaruco europeo Description L: 27-29cm W: 44-49cm. Colourful insectivorous bird, with reddish-brown crown and anterior part of the back; golden yellow back; tail and underparts green; yellow throat and eyes covered by...

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus ES: Búho campestre Description L:33-40cm ; W: 95-105cm; Back tawny brown, longitudinally mottled dark; ocher underparts, streaked with brown; reddish-brown flight feathers with dark tips; tail rufous with brown barring; head...

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

Asio otus ES: Búho chico Description L: 31-37cm; W: 86-98 cm; Nocturnal raptor with striking facial design. It has a gray-brown to reddish-brown back, speckled with brown; ocher underparts; reddish-brown flight feathers; tail rufous with...

Little Owl
Little Owl

Athene nocturne ES: Mochuelo común Description L: 21-23cm; W: 51-54cm; With more diurnal habits than other owls, this owl has a brown back with rounded white spots; chest diffusely fringed brown and white; brown flight feathers, speckled...

Eurasian Eagle-Owl
Eurasian Eagle-Owl

Bubo bubo ES: Búho real Description L: 57-75cm; W:140-188cm; Large nocturnal bird of prey with an ocher general color, speckled with dark; brown wings with transverse ocher stripes; white throat; bill dark; feet covered in buff feathers;...

Eurasian Scops Owl
Eurasian Scops Owl

Otus scops ES: Autillo europeo Description L: 19-21cm; W: 47-54cm; The smallest of the owls of the Iberian Peninsula. It has a gray-brown to reddish-brown back, with a fine pattern of stripes; paler abdomen, also vermiculated; flight...

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahellis ES: Gaviota patiamarilla Description L: 55-67cm; W: 130-158cm; Opportunistic species in expansion. Adults with gray back; white underparts; gray wing with black tip mottled with white; White glue; yellow legs; yellow bill...

Northern Lapwing
Northern Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus ES: Avefría europea Description L: 28-31cm; W: 67-72cm; Bird with a long crest and striking plumage. With little sexual dimorphism. Dark upperparts, with greenish reflections; white underparts; wings wide and rounded, with...

European Golden Plover
European Golden Plover

Pluvialis apricaria ES: Chorlito dorado europeo Description L: 25-28cm; W: 53-59cm; In winter with dark upperparts with dense golden mottling; pale underparts streaked with brown; underwing white; white axillae; greenish gray leg  ...

Common Crane
Common Crane

Grus Grus ES: Grulla común Description L: 96-119cm; W: 180-222cm; Adult slate gray; throat, nape and sides of face black; sides of head and neck white; crown red; black primaries; long secondaries giving the appearance of being part of the...

Eurasian Coot
Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra ES: Focha común Description L: 38-42cm; W: 75-85cm; Abundant species in very varied wetlands. Both sexes are similar, generally black in color, with a darker head and neck; olive back; black wings ending in a white tip; bill and...

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus ES: Halcón peregrino Description L: 38-51cm; W: 89-113cm; The largest of the falcons of the Iberian Peninsula. Adults with bluish gray back; pale underparts, finely barred with dark; dark head with broad mustache; tail...

Eurasian Hobby
Eurasian Hobby

Falco subbuteo ES: Alcotán europeo Description L:29-33cm; W: 74-83cm; Adults with slate-colored backs; pale underparts; dark mustache; feathers of the breeches and underbelly reddish; gray tail; pale wings below. Juveniles brown and...

Merlin
Merlin

Falco columbariusES: Esmerejón Description L: 26-33cm; W: 55-69cm; The smallest of the European falcons. Adult male with slate gray back, finely striated; reddish underparts, streaked with brown; dark gray tail, with thin bands smaller than...

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Falco naumanni ES: Cernícalo primilla Description L:26-31cm; W: 66-72cm; Raptor with pointed wings and long tail, with a black band near the end; light nails; back brown, mottled only in female; light ocher underparts, speckled with dark;...

Bonelli’s Eagle
Bonelli’s Eagle

Aquila fasciata ES: Águila perdicera Description L: 60-70cm; W: 150-170cm; Adults with dark upperparts; underparts white, streaked with dark; tail grey-brown, with several dark bars; wings dark above and lighter and shaded dark below;...

Booted Eagle
Booted Eagle

Aquila pennata ES: Águila calzada Description L: 42-51cm; W:110-135cm; With feathers on the tarsi, covering even the fingers. It has two types of plumagW: a light phase with white underparts; neck and breast often with a tawny band; ocher...

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos ES: Águila real Description L: 76-96cm; W: 180-230cm; One of the best known birds of prey. The adult has dark brown plumage; head and nape golden; tail with diffuse transverse bands. In adult birds, the male has a darker...

Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis ES: Azor común Description L: 49-56cm; W: 89-122cm; Forest raptor with short, rounded wings and a long tail; yellow or orange eyes; tail with 4-5 brown bands; brown-gray upperparts; pale underparts finely streaked with...

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneusES: Aguilucho pálido Description L: 44-55cm; W: 97 - 118cm; Adult male with gray head and back; gray underparts on chest and white on rest; wing tips black; gray tail; white rump. Adult female with dark brown back; light brown...

Short-toed Snake Eagle
Short-toed Snake Eagle

Circaetus gallicusES: Culebrera europea Description L: 62-69cm; W: 160-175cm; Raptor with brown back and large head; tail with four transverse dark bands, the terminal one wider; dark throat and chest; white underparts streaked with brown;...

Griffon Vulture
Griffon Vulture

Gyps fulvus ES: Buitre leonador Description L: 95-110cm; W: 230-265cm; The most common of the Iberian vultures. Naked head and neck, with whitish down; light feather ruff; tawny plumage, with darker wings and tail; gray beak and claws...

Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian Vulture

Neophron perchnopterus ES: Alimoche común Description L: 55-65cm; W: 148-171cm; Adults white except wing feathers; head and throat without feathers, yellow. Both sexes are of similar size and plumage, the male being a little smaller than...

Bearded Vulture
Bearded Vulture

Gypaetus barbatus ES: Quebrantahuesos Description L:100-120cm; W:240-290cm; Unmistakable for its large size and color. Adult with creamy head and neck, with a black spot from the eye to the base of the bill, elongating into a kind of...

European Honey Buzzard
European Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus ES: Abejero europeo Description L:52-59cm, W:115-135cm. Bird with a brown back and some pale fringes; light underside with dark mottling; wings brown and light on the underside; with a general appearance very similar to the...

White Stork
White Stork

Ciconia ciconia ES: Cigüeña blanca Description L: 95-110cm; W: 180-218 cm; Species linked to the human environment and popular culture. White plumage with black wings; red beak; long red legs. The juveniles with darker brown parts, as well...

Purple Heron
Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea ES: Garza imperial Description L: 70-90cm; W: 110-145cm; Back and wing coverts slate, with chestnut scapulars in breeding plumage; underparts wine-brown; chestnut head and neck, with two lateral black stripes on the neck;...

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Ardea cinereaES: Garza real Description L: 84-102cm; W: 155-175cm; Back and wing coverts gray; head white, with black eye line; white collar, with a double line of black stripes; white underparts; yellow beak and greenish or reddish legs....

Great Egret
Great Egret

White Egretta ES: Garceta grande Description L: 85-100cm; W:145-170cm; White color; bill dark in breeding season and yellow in winter; legs and toes blackish green; in breeding plumage with elongated feathers on chest, back and scapulars....

Little Egret
Little Egret

Egretta garzetta ES: Garceta común Description L: 55-65cm; W: 88-106cm; White; bill dark; black legs with yellow toes; in breeding plumage with elongated feathers on the chest, back, scapulars and head. Both sexes have similar plumage....

Northern Lapwing
Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax ES: Martinete común Description L: 58-65cm; W:90-100cm; Adult with black back, crown and nape; wings, rump and tail bluish; rest of plumage white. Both sexes are similar in plumage. Juveniles are brown with white...

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo ES Cormorán grande Description L: 80-100cm; W: 130-160cm; Black plumage with a scaled appearance on the back, with a bluish tinge on the underparts; bill gray and yellow; At the base of the lower jaw there is a bare...

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus ES: Somormujo lavanco Description L: 46-51cm; W: 85-90cm; In breeding plumage with dark back; white underparts; head with dark and reddish ornaments. In nonbreeding plumage with duller colors; without ornaments on head....

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis ES: Zampullín común/chico Description L:25-29cm; W: 40-45cm; Anatidae of small size, in breeding plumage it is dark brown, with a chestnut face and neck; base of bill black with a pale spot. In winter and juveniles...

Garganey
Garganey

Spatula querquedula Cerceta carretona Description L: 37-41cm; W: 60-63 cm; Rare Anatidae linked to wetlands with abundant marshy vegetation. In male breeding plumage with wide white eyebrow that reaches the nape; head and chest mottled dark...

Greylag Goose
Greylag Goose

Greylag greylagES: Ánsar común Description L: 70-90cm; W: 147-180cm; Recognizable by its large size, thick neck, and large bill. Brown plumage; ash gray head and neck; whitish belly; white tail coverts; large orange or pink bill; and pink...

Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligulaES: Porrón moñudo Description L: 40-47cm; W: 65-72cm; Gregarious duck that presents sexual dimorphism. In breeding plumage male with black plumage; flank and abdomen white; with a long bow of hanging feathers; dark wings with...

Common Pochard
Common Pochard

Aythya whooping ES: Porrón europeo Description L: 42-49cm; W: 67-75cm; Diving Anatidae. Male with chestnut head and neck; breast and rear of body black; gray wings and body. Brown female, darker on the back and lighter on the head; gray...

Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata ES: Cuchara común Description L: 44-52cm; W:73-82cm Anatidae unmistakable due to the shape and size of the beak. Male in winter with dark green head; back black; white chest and neck; belly reddish brown; dark wings with green...

Mallard
Mallard

Anas platyrhynchosES: Ánade azulón Description L: 50-60cm; W: 81-95cm Gregarious Anatidae that presents a marked sexual dimorphism, Male in breeding plumage with green head and neck; gray back and underparts; central tail feathers recurved...

Eurasian Teal
Eurasian Teal

Anas creccaES: Cerceta común Description L: 34-38cm; W:53-59cm A small duck that presents a great difference between the sexes in the breeding season; Breeding male with chestnut colored head with green mask; chest light mottled with dark;...

Gadwall
Gadwall

Anas streperaES: Ánade friso Description L:46-56cm; W:78-90cm A shallow, freshwater duck that is sexually dimorphic. Male in winter quite uniform brownish-grey; white belly; Black Back Bottom; gray wings with chestnut spot; black and white...

Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon

Anas PenelopeES: Silbón europeo Description L:42-50cm; W: 71-85cm Wintering Anatidae, more frequent on the coast but also present in inland wetlands. Male with chestnut head and neck; crown and forehead cream-yellow; gray vermiculate back;...