around El Rocío
In the western part of Doñana, in the province of Huelva, is located the sandy white village of El Rocío.
El Rocío and its surroundings are, by far, the most visited area all over Doñana. From the village, it is possible to spot great amount of birds or Red Deer, since it is situated next to the marshlands of the National Park.
This is the area of Doñana with the greatest diversity of habitats (marshes, cork oak forests, pine groves, coastal cliffs, mobile dunes…), and therefore a high diversity birds.
If you like to combine bird watching with hiking, this region is excellent as there are many trails.
This is the best area of Doñana for forest birds, such as the Iberian Chiffchaff and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. The Iberian Magpie is particularly abundant here.
Depending on water levels and time of year, it is also excellent for waterfowl, with occasional presence of Red-knobbed Coot. Some winters, flocks of thousands of geese choose the marshes in front of El Rocío as a roost.
The reedbeds hold good numbers of warblers, (including Savi’s Warbler), Little Bittern and Bluethroat.
A while observing the sea can bring species such as the Balearic Shearwater. In addition, in the nearby vineyards we can find Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin.
Proximity to El Rocío and Matalascañas.
Good representation of most of Doñana’s habitats.
Best place all over Doñana for forest birds.
Cultural interest of El Rocío.
On this route most of the birding will be on foot (short and easy walks) along the network of trails equipped with hides through the marshes and the riparian forest.
We will use the car to reach the most interesting areas, stopping when necessary to enjoy bird watching en route.
Some of the areas that we will visit in this route are El Rocío marshes, Rocina, Acebrón, Acebuche or Doñana beach, depending on the season and your interests.
It is also possible enter into the restricted area of the National Park (see “More Info”).
NOTICE: During the half-day excursion we only visited the areas closest to El Rocío, mainly on foot, but not the coast.
Most wanted birds
Great Spotted Cuckoo
European Scops Owl
Greater Short-toed Lark
Western Olivaceous Warbler
Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Iberian Green Woodpecker