AT A GLANCE
Only a very short drive from Barcelona airport is the birding hotspots of the Llobregat Delta & Garraf Natural Park.
Although almost surrounded by the airport and industrial buildings the Llobregat Delta (and its associated Reserve) holds a surprising variety of interesting wetland birds. It is a small reserve with excellent hides overlooking marshes, lagoons and meadows. A short visit here can be combined with an often profitable seawatch from the nearby shore. It has been declared a Special Protection Area as a designation under the European Union Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds.
A little further to the southwest lies the Garraf Natural Park, a limestone massif with low open scrub, rocky slopes, dwarf fan palms and abandoned fields, as well as stunning views of the Mediterranean sea. The Garraf Massif has been declared a Protected Area by the Catalan Government.
Over 100 species can easily be seen in April/May, and about 60 to 70 the rest of the year. Over 300 different species have been recorded in these two locations.
All year round:
Iberian Green Woodpecker, Western Swamphen, Iberian Grey Shrike, Blue Rock Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Serin, Sardinian Warbler, European Crested Tit, Crested Lark, Bonelli’s Eagle, Firecrest.
Golden Oriole, Subalpine Warbler, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Little Bittern, Collared Pratincole, Black-winged Stilt, Black-eared Wheatear, Common Rock Thrush, Ortolan Bunting, Woodchat Shrike, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Red-rumped Swallow, Purple Heron, Audouin’s Gull, Tawny Pipit.
Balearic Shearwater, Yelkouan Shearwater, Rock Bunting, Alpine Accentor (scarce)
Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Temminck’s Stint, Little Stint, White-winged Black Tern.
Rarities sometimes encountered:
Balearic Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Olive-backed Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Little Swift, Terek Sandpiper, Marbled Teal, Pallid Harrier.
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