Birding The Alicante/Murcia (Costa Blanca) and South Eastern Castille La Mancha Areas Of Spain

The Spanish mainland, indeed the whole of the Iberian peninsula and islands are fantastic locations to go birding.

Coto Donana, Tarifa, Extremadura, Mallorca and the Ebro Delta immediately spring to mind, but the Costa Blanca area can be very good for a wide variety of species.

Visiting birdwatchers have been surprised at how many species can be seen in a short period of time. On a good day over 100 can be achieved and over 150 in a week, more in the peak migration times.

Whether you are an experienced birder, a beginner or somewhere in between, local knowledge is a must to find all the species of the area. Guided trips are available to the best habitats in the area.

With many cheap flights into Alicante and Murcia, cheap car hire, plentiful accommodation and quiet roads compared to most of Europe, the area is very convenient to see many of the Spanish and Southern European specialities.

All of the local guided trips are designed to give at least 3 to 4 hours of birdwatching depending on traffic conditions.

They are taken at a fairly leisurely pace and are not a ‘twitch’. All participants should see good numbers of birds.

For details of these trips click on the 'Local Birding Trips' button above.

'Where To Watch' type Guide Books are available for the Costa Blanca and The Pyrenees with details of where to find the interesting species of the area. Details of these books are shown below.

These books can be purchased by clicking on the 'Guide Books' menu entry above.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have had to cancel some of my trips, however, all local trips can still be done, albeit, with a change in travel plans.

I will not travel with the participants but in my own car, meeting at the birding location. Birding with then take place with social distancing measures.

This may affect access to some hides at Hondo, but otherwise, no problems should be encountered.


Other Trips. Itinerary for 2020.

DatesNo. of NightsDestinationStatusMinimum Price
June 20217PyreneesSubject to COVID-19€799


7 Night Guided Birding Trip to the Spanish Pyrenees June 2021

I will be planning a 7 night trip to the Spanish Pyrenees taking place in June 2021 subject to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This scenic mountain area is very good for birds and species that may be seen include
Ptarmigan, Capercaillie, Grey Partridge, Lammergeier, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures,
Golden, Short Toed, Booted and Bonelli's Eagles, abundant Red and Black Kites,
Montagu's Harrier, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Peregrine, Turtle Dove, Alpine Swift,
Bee-eater, Black, Middle Spotted and White Backed Woodpeckers, Wryneck, Woodlark,
Water Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Dipper, Alpine Accentor, Nightingale,
Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Whinchat, Ring Ouzel, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Thrush,

Subalpine, Orphean, Melodious and Bonelli's Warblers, Goldcrest, Firecrest,
Crested and Marsh Tits, Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Treecreeper, Short Toed Treecreeper,
Red Backed Shrike, Chough, Alpine Chough, Golden Oriole, Citril Finch, Bullfinch,
Hawfinch, Rock Sparrow, Snow Finch, Ortolan, Yellowhammer and Cirl Bunting.


Books by Graham Critchell


Where To Watch Birds In The Costa Blanca (Eleventh Edition 2020)

My first guide book 'Where To Watch Birds In The Costa Blanca' is available for sale. It gives accurate details of where to go to find the regions special birds including Spotted Eagle, Marbled and White Headed Ducks, Great and Little Bustards, Pin Tailed and Black Bellied Sandgrouse, Dupont's Lark, Trumpeter Finch and Azure Winged Magpie plus a host of other birds local to the area.

This is the 36 page latest edition which has been completely re-written with the Hondo section now split into 5 seperate areas, much more information on the Upland Steppe region and the inclusion of the best area to find Dupont's Lark.

Buy this book and the 'A Photographic Guide to The Birds of Hondo' book and get a 25% discount.


Where To Watch Birds In The Spanish Pyrenees (Sixth Edition 2019)

My second guide book 'Where To Watch Birds In The Spanish Pyrenees' is available for sale. It gives accurate details of where to go to find the regions special birds including Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, White Backed and Black Woodpeckers, Citril and Snow Finches, Alpine Accentor plus a host of other birds local to the area.

This is the 36 page latest edition which has been updated in 2019 with nesting locations for species such as Wallcreeper and Black Woodpecker.


NEW - A Photographic Guide to The Birds of Hondo

My third book 'A Photographic Guide to The Birds of Hondo' is available for sale. This 100 page full colour book is filled with pictures of birds that I have seen and photographed at Hondo.

Buy this book and the 'Where To Watch Birds In The Costa Blanca' book and get a 25% discount.


Trip Reports From Outside The Costa Blanca Area

Black Headed GrosbeakPine GrosbeakGreat Kiskadee Red Throated PipitSummer Tanager
ColoradoLaplandTexasLaplandUtah

Lapland BuntingBuffleheadRuddy ShelduckSpeckled TanagerHawk Owl
LaplandFloridaBulgariaCosta RicaLapland

Red Headed BarbetCitril FinchHooded Merganser Red Throated DiverRed Legged Honeycreeper
Costa RicaPyreneesFloridaLapland Costa Rica


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