Sierra Norte of Seville Birding Day trip

Occupying the entire northern part of the province of Seville, is located the Sierra Norte de Sevilla. It is part of a much larger mountain range, Sierra Morena, which crosses virtually all of Andalusia from Jaén to Huelva, and separates the Guadalquivir Valley from the Meseta.

The main use of the land is extensive livestock and hunting grounds, so the landscape remains mostly wild and unaltered.

These are smooth rounded hills, mostly occupied by open forest, mediterranean scrubland and large reservoirs.

This is undoubtedly one of the best places all over Andalusia to observe birds of prey. In a single day, you can observe the 5 Iberian eagles: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted and Short-toed Snake Eagle. The list of raptors can be completed, among others, with the Eurasian Black Vulture and Griffon Vulture and not all days with the Black-shouldered Kite and Egyptian Vulture.

There are also chances to observe many of the endemic or near-endemic Iberian birds: Southern Grey Shrike, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Iberian Magpie and Iberian Chiffchaff.

You can also find the 5 species of Spanish Swifts: Alpine, Common, Pallid, White-rumped and Little Swift (the last one very located in Spain).

Other highlights of this area are the endangered Black Stork and the iconic Eurasian Eagle Owl, both with healthy nesting populations here.

Abundance and diversity of birds of prey.
Presence of most endemic and near-endemic Iberian bird species.
Presence of the 5 Spanish Swifts.
Attractive landscape.

This is a large area with many possibilities, so depending on the time of year, your targets, and the pick-up point we will visit different areas.

We will mainly observe birds from the vehicle and its surroundings and we will use the car to reach the different areas.

We can take short walks if you wish, and they may be necessary to observe some of the species (especially passerines).

Some of the hotspots of Sierra Norte are: Guditoca plains, Cerro del Hierro, Huéznar riverbank and Guadalbacar Valley.

Blog: Top 10 birds of Sierra Norte

Due to the size of the area and the many possibilities, a visit of more than one day is also recommended.

Most wanted birds

RESIDENTS
spanish imperial eagle andalusian birds
Spanish Imperial Eagle
bonelli's eagle andalusian birds
Bonelli's Eagle
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
Black Vulture
Eurasian Black Vulture
eagle owl andalusian birds
Eurasian Eagle Owl
iberian green woodpecker andalusian birds
Iberian Green Woodpecker

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SUMMER
Black Stork
Black Stork
european bee-eater andalusian birds
Lesser Kestrel
White-rumped Swift
White-rumped Swift
Little Swift
Little Swift
Western Orphean Warbler
Western Orphean Warbler
Iberian Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff

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WINTER
osprey andalusian birds
Osprey
Eurasian Bullfinch
Eurasian Bulffinch
Brambling
Brambling
MIGRATION
Common Crane
Common Crane
european roller andalusian birds
European Roller
Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
bonelli's warbler andalusian birds
Bonelli's Warbler

Egyptian Vulture
Red-necked Nightjar
Great Spotted Cuckoo
European Scops Owl
Alpine Swift
Pallid Swift
European Bee-eater
Woodchat Shrike
Red-rumped Swallow
Subalpine Warbler
Black-eared Wheatear

Black-shouldered Kite
Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Southern Grey Shrike
Iberian Magpie
Thekla Lark
Calandra Lark
Spotless Starling
Blue Rock Trush
Spanish Sparrow
Rock Sparrow
Rock Bunting

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   MAIN HABITATS

Open forest Mountains Scrubland

 

   TOP BIRDS

Eurasian Black Vulture, Spanish Eagle, White-rumped Swift

 

   LOCATION

80 km from Seville (1 hour) 

 

   DURATION

10 hours.

 

   AVAILABILITY

All year round.

 

   RATES

   Pick up service in Seville or close to destination point (free of charge). For long distance pick up a supplement fee will be applied.

   Local guide fluent in English.

   Paper checklists of the birds to observe.

   Free access to identification guides and quality optical materials.

   All taxes.

   Doñana Wings is included in the Tourism Registry of the Andalusian Government as an Active Tourism company (AT/SE/00129) and holds a Liability Insurance (82168675) and Accidents Insurance (82164529) with AXA SEGUROS Company.

    Meals and drinks.

    Accomodation.

If you have to cancel the tour due to reasons related to COVID-19 (impediments to travel, infection…) you will be reimbursed 100% of your booking, no matter when you cancel. In other cases:

– Cancellations at least 7 days before the tour: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellation due meteorological conditions: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations from 7 days before the tour until 2 days before the tour: 50% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations less than 48 hours before the tour or “No show”: 0% of the amount will be refunded.

Sierra Norte of Seville
The raptor paradise
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