Molino del Canto Birding

Birdwatching Tours. Since 1998

Bird habitats around the Molino del Canto

 The Posada Molino del Canto, located in the heart of the Parque Natural de las Hoces del Alto Ebro y Rudrón nature reserve, is ideally situated for people interested in nature and for birdwatching in particular.  Many characteristic northern Spanish habitats are close by, and many are the stunning species to be seen. 

We ourselves are lovers of nature and of birdlife, and this is why we offer a range of accompanied and self-guided tours, to help you make the most of the landscape and the local wildlife.

 

Birds of limestone gorges and cliffs

 Limestone outcrops are the characteristic feature of the area around the Molino del Canto.

The Ebro and other rivers have cut deep canyons through the limestone landscape, where various species of Vultures, Eagles, Falcons, Crows and Choughs, Martins, Swifts, Thrushes, and others have made their home.

These rivers are clean and often run within beautiful riverside woodlands of alder and ash.   These are inhabited by many smaller birds – Tits, Finches, Warblers, Thrushes, Pipits, and water birds such as various Ducks, Cormorants, Kingfishers, Dippers, Wagtails and Herons.

Birds of upland plateaux and valleys

The valleys in the area around the Molino del Canto are fertile, and among the fields and meadows are small woods, thickets and stands of fruit trees.  These are alive with Warblers, Finches, Thrushes, Crows, Tits, Shrikes, Swallows, Tree Creepers and various birds of prey. 

Spring is a particularly good time in these landscapes, when the birds have their summer plumage and sing from vantage points in and around the woods.

Plateaux are an interesting environment.  The scarce vegetation, the local climatic conditions and insect life mean that interesting birds can be seen here.  Little Owls, Larks, Shrikes, Buntings, Pipits, Wheatears, Harriers, Kestrels, Buzzards and other attractive species are here.

Woodland birds

 Woods in the area around the Molino del Canto are long-established and quite wild, which can make it harder to spot birds, particularly in Spring and Summer when the leaf cover is most dense. 

In autumn, as the leaves change color and begin to fall, the Woods are particularly beautiful and birds become more visible.  In Winter, although the weather can be less appealing and bird plumage and behaviour not so dramatic, wildlife becomes easier to spot.

The most typical woods are of beech and oak, with woodpeckers, Tree Creepers and tits to be seen, but also Sparrowhawks y Goshawks.

In pinewoods, although many of these are newer and less diverse planting, there is still a valuable habitat for many species, particularly Tits, Woodpeckers, Tree Creepers and Crossbills.

Whatever the season, these woods are beautiful in themselves, and populated by wildlife of many kinds.  For city dwellers in particular, a day’s walking here is good for the soul.

Birds of wetland and water

 

 

Burgos does not have many wetland areas, but those that exist provide real oases for many species to feed, to mate and to overwinter. Gulls, Grebes, Ducks, Coots, Geese, Waders, Herons, Harriers, Buntings – a real wealth of birdlife is here.

Among the cereal crops, the Great Bustard

 In the great rolling cereal fields of western Burgos, you have perhaps the best chance in Europe of seeing the rare, and sadly now the threatened Great Bustard – one of the most spectacular birds of the Iberian peninsula.  For many birdwatchers this alone would be worth the visit, but you may also see Larks, Kites, and where water is found many species may be seen.

*Only available on tailor-made tours.

Birds of the sea, coast and marsh

 After the rich variety of mountain, river and valley birds, a visit to the coast completes the set.  Among the coastal birds are various Gulls, Herons, Ducks, Waders and the striking marine species which come in to the coast, such as Shearwaters, Gannets and Skuas.

*Only available on tailor-made tours.

Birdwatching tours and services

We offer a number of options to help you get the most out of birdwatching in Burgos province, including guided and self-guided tours, maps and information, and even the hire of binoculars and bird books.

Self-guided tours

We offer various self-guided tours in the comarcas of Las Merindades and Sedano y las Loras.  Some of these routes can be done on foot from the Molino del Canto itself, following the well-marked network of GR and PR trails.  Others involve driving to a particular site of interest.  Each of the tours comes with maps, information about species to look out for and other information of interest. We have hire of binoculars and field guides.

Guided tours

Our guided walking tours take half a day – around 4 hours.  They follow waymarked GR and PR routes from the door of the Posada – no need to drive – and go equipped with identification guides, binoculars and a telescope. 

Guided tours by motor vehicle take you to various sites in the area around the Posada, with short walking sections at each stop to access the best viewpoints.  They can be of whole day  ( +/- 7 hours) or half day duration (+/- 4  hours).

These tours go equipped with field guides, binoculars and a telescope. 

maximum group: 6 persons

Tailor-made tours

We also offer a bespoke service, designing and leading tours to other parts of northern Spain, in order to see specific birds or locations.  Let us know your special interest, and we can work with you on the best possible routes and strategies.

Prices (per person,VAT not included )

 Birdwatching tours
 Adult child under 12  
 Self-guided tours free free 
 Guided walking tours, half day  40€
 30€
 
 Guided tours by vehicle, half day  60€
 40€
 
 Guided tours by vehicle, whole day  86€
 60€
 
 Hire of binoculars    5€ (provided free on guided tours)
 Hire of field guides    5€ (provided free on guided tours)

 

ATTENTION!!

20% discount for guest of Posada Molino del Canto

 

 

 

 

Season

All year

Please note

For weather or other reasons it may be necessary to change the route of certain tours, sometimes at short notice.

We do not approach nest sites or attempt to watch sitting birds, and we ask great care on the part of our clients when in areas used for nesting by vulnerable species.  Our primary concern is for the wellbeing of the birds themselves.

And of course, given that we are seeking to observe wild animals in their habitat, we must state that no guarantee is possible of seeing any particular bird.

Our advice to the birdwatcher

Please stick to marked paths and viewpoints.  Respect private property, growing crops and fields, paths and tracks marked as private. Take care to close livestock gates, and remember that people in the rural areas work very hard – don’t make their life difficult by inconsiderate behaviour.

Make the welfare of the wildlife your priority.  Keep your distance: don’t pursue or interfere with birds or other animals, and in particular keep away from nesting sites.  Do not use decoys or bird lures.  It is worth remembering that the less noise you make, the more wildlife you are likely to see.

And please note that most bird species are now protected by law.  Please do not put yourself in contravention.

Do not pick flowers, hunt for minerals or remove any wildlife.

Dogs should always be kept on a lead.

And of course, do not leave rubbish or start fires.

One last word of advice: it is worth joining an ornithological or conservation body in your own country.  Their expertise and information can help you get the most out of your own interest in birds and in wildlife, as well as contributing to the conservation effort.

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