The Countryside

the birding tour of Huelva’s farmland

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Black-winged Kite
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farmland
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4-5 hours
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Spain
Andalucía

Huelva

Trip into the countryside between Huelva City and Niebla to look for little birds and raptors.

Superb birding
Country birds in the fighting bull land

It is a journey inland through wheat and sunflower fields and wood-pastures. (We also pass fighting bulls – interesting to see even though we do not like bullfighting!). The small town of Niebla has an old castle and a Moorish 1000-year-old wall around the centre that is home to one of the main colonies of Lesser Kestrel in Andalucia.

Possible birds for the checklist:

Residents: Marsh Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite, Little Owl, Cattle Egret, Hoopoe, White Stork, Stone Curlew, Little Ringed Plover, Calandra & Crested Larks, Stonechat, Sardinian & Dartford Warblers, Zitting Cisticola, Griffon Vulture.

Winter Birds: Skylark, Crane, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Hen Harrier, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush.

Summer Birds: Lesser Kestrel, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Bee-eater, Black-eared Wheatear, Melodious Warbler, Nightingale, Red-rumped Swallow, Pallid Swift.

Migrants: Redstart, Whinchat, Willow Warbler, Northern Wheatear.

Route locations

Huelva’s traditional countryside survives the advance of the modern fruit farming. We visit the wheat fields, olive grooves and Spanish dehesas between Huelva City, Trigueros, San Juan and Niebla not far from the motorway A49 Seville-Portugal.

Duration time

The duration of the trip depends on the meeting point, the numbers of birds that come across and the interest in the special species. Normally we will spend between 4 and 5 hours.

Price

35 Euro per person.

40 Euro per person with hotel pickup.

Minimum 3 people to go or 105 Euro (120 with hotel pickup).

Availability

All year around, specially good in the autumn, the winter and the spring. In the summer it might be too hot although an evening trip could provide some good birds.

Multilingual

All our guides speak fluent English and the tour can be done in French, Portuguese or Catalan on demand.

Checklist available in different languages.

Logistics

Pickup can be arranged from any accommodation or any meeting point within the province of Huelva. For long distances, a fuel fee might be charged.

We use vehicles according to the group size. Usually a 9-seater minibus for up to 8 customers although larger groups can be taken in small coaches and buses.

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