Itinerary for Pyrenees, 23rd to 30th June 2018.
During this trip we should see some very interesting Bird species but on this tour Butterflies, Orchids, Alpine Wild Flowers and the Views will be an equally important part of the experience.
Some of the possible bird species for the trip: Lammergeier, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, Stone Curlew, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Scops and Eagle Owl, Red-necked and Common Nightjar, Black, Middle Spotted, White-backed and Iberian Green Woodpeckers, Water Pipit, Dupont's Lark**, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Dipper, Alpine Accentor, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Ring Ouzel, Marsh Tit, Wallcreeper, Alpine and Red-billed Choughs, Citril Finch and Ortolan Bunting.
**Not the best time of the year for this species but it is a resident species and will be there** and we had great views in 2015.
I would expect the bird list to reach around 130 by the end of the trip. Butterflies will also feature highly during this trip and the list should be over 70 species. We will also see some interesting Dragonflies during the week.
Mammals may include Chamois, Alpine Marmots, Red Squirrel, Wild Boar and Others.
Lots of Wild Flowers and Orchids should also be in flower including some very interesting alpine species.
A basic itinerary.
This is a flexable Itinerary which allows us to make changes, mostly for weather conditions at different sites.
Day One: Arrival at Zaragoza and some birding around the steppe area of Belchete and Zaragoza.
Day Two: Birding near Belchete during the morning and early afternoon, later we will drive towards Hecho / Echo in the mountains.
Day Three: Birding (Wallcreeper day), Plant and Butterfly hunting in the mountains and woodlands in the first half of the Echo Valley.
Day Four: Today we will spend the day in the high mountains around the Somport pass and the valley below.
Day Five: Forest of Irati.
Day Six: The whole day will be spent in the meadows and screes at the top of the Echo Valley.
Day Seven: Today we will be in the high mountains again around Sallent de Gállego, Formigal and the pass at Frontera del Portalet.
Day Eight: Travelling back towards Zaragoza birding if time allows (depends on departure times).
The total cost per-person is €1300:00 based on a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 7 guests.
Including in the price is collection and return to Zaragoza Airport / Train or Bus Station, all transport costs (in 9 seater minibus) during the tour, seven nights accommodation (two persons sharing) with breakfast and at least a two course evening meal (either at the hotel we are staying at or in a bar or restaurant) a species check list, all guiding fees and 21% IVA (VAT), Single room supplement €120:00.
There is also an option to travel up to the Zaragoza area with me early on the 22nd June from Malaga Airport / area, birding on the way. The only extra cost for doing this is the Friday nights accommodation (approx €45).
Not included in the price are lunch time meals, drinks (unless included in the evening meal price by hotel) and snacks, travel insurance, transport to and from Zaragoza and any purchases of a personal nature.