ALPINE BIRDS OF PICOS DE EUROPA
Picos de Europa National Park and its different habitats are the ideal space for alpine bird watching. Its rocky walls, forests and alpine grasslands are home to populations of resident species as the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), the wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), the lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus) or the griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), and important to understand this ecosystem as the alpine accentor (Prunella collaris), the alpine sparrow (Montifrigilla nivalis) and the mountain greenfinch (Serinus citrinella).
Our excursion begins in the heart of the national park. As soon as we check the weather forecast we start walking towards the sighting points. The road opens before us along the valley. From the river we guess the best areas, the most aerial and wild. But there is still a little more to walk… It doesn’t matter: the landscapes are breathtaking! We continue! After an hour of walking we have reached our first goal. We stop to settle in and rest just enough because now we have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Alpine nature. Let’s go find the birds!
Our guide will introduce you to the ecology of these mountains and will tell you about the peculiarities of the species we observe. We start looking for silhouettes in the skies until the sun illuminates the steep walls and more ridged areas, towards which we now turn our gaze and keep pace. Almost mid-morning we are at our second sighting point looking for smaller birds with gregarious habits. The experience is intimate, beautiful, healthy and sustainable!
The way back is a walk to the town where we cannot stop enjoying good local food.
MEETING POINT: Sotres car park (43.23422692451119, -4.746846290109912)
DEPARTURE TIME: 6:30 a.m.
DISTANCE: 7 km.
TERRAIN: Track and path.
DURATION: 6 h (approx.)
INCLUDES: Official Guide of the Principality of Asturias, optical devices (binoculars and
telescope) and accident insurance.