Madrid To Saucedilla Day One Wild Spain 23 April 2022

White Stork

We enjoyed White Storks on everyday of this fantastic custom Wild Spain Tour.

We had arrived in Madrid on the night of the 22nd April in torrential rain and cold temperatures, far from ideal, but luckily the morning dawn with just drizzle but still cold. We returned to the airport and met our lovely guests – Debbie, Steve and Sue and Pat – for their custom Wild Spain tour. We were quickly out of Madrid, we know the way so well now, and heading west for Extremadura.

Griffon Vulture flight

Wonderful to watch both Griffon, here, and Cinereous Vultures on day one of this wonderful tour.

Luckily the further west we headed the better the weather and the rain was soon forgotten and the sun broke through, this was more like Spain in April. As we made good time and we began to see White Storks nesting alongside the road and huge Griffon Vultures soaring above.

We reached Saucedilla late morning and it was sunny but so cold! We did some birding at the wetland enjoying our first Purple Herons and Gull-billed Terns and close views of Crested Larks and more nesting White Storks before lunch in the village.

After lunch we explored an area nearby and were very lucky to see a Black-winged Kite a tough bird to find sometimes so a real thrill to see. The views were distant but luckily it is a very distinctive bird but we hoped to see more during the tour. A pair of Ferruginous Ducks were another “bonus” bird here and we had superb views of Black-winged Stilts towering over a Common Sandpiper and White Wagtails. Marsh Harriers quartered the ground as both Griffon and Cinereous Vultures soared overhead, the distinctive song of Corn Buntings was all around us as it would be everyday of the tour.

Trujillo 2 March 2015

A short drive took us to the beautiful historic town of Trujillo, our base for the next week, and we settled into our gorgeous hotel, what a fantastic place. After we had unpacked and taken in the splendour of the hotel we walked to the stunning main square where we enjoyed watching Lesser Kestrels, Pallid Swifts, Spotless Starlings and more White Storks while taking in the spectacular town and views. Back at the hotel we enjoyed a delicous meal in the stunning restaurant.

What a wonderful start to our custom Wild Spain tour! We would love to arrange a custom Birdwatching Trips tour for you or you and a small group, maximum of six guests, anywhere you would love to enjoy great birds. Just drop us a line here and we can do the rest…

We have run our special custom tours to many destination here in the UK and overseas including Spain, Finland, Borneo, Ecuador, South Africa so just ask and we can help.

We look forward to enjoying amazing birds and wildlife with you soon!

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