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BIRDWATCHING IN THE PYRENEES

ALT URGELL / PN del Cadí - Moixeró
THE EXPERIENCE Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, ornithological paradise. Come meet one of the most singular and major areas for bird-watching in the northeast of Spain in the Natural Park of the Cadí-Moixeró, where you can find most of the almost 163 bird species found in Catalonia.

Bird-watching is one of the simplest and at the same time fascinating activiti es that can be done to get started in if you have a passion for nature.

Along the imposing rocky surfaces, extensive pine forests, deciduous forests and alpine meadows of the Serra del Cadí, you will be able to find an immensity of birds that inhabit this territory, from the golden eagle to the citril finch, the capercaillie, the boreal owl and the black woodpecker, the latter being chosen as a symbol of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park.
BEAR IN MIND Difficulty: Low
Duration: 1. 2 to 3 hours, 2. Halfday 
Languages:  Catalan, Spanish, English
Material: Sport clothes and footwear
Season: Year-round
Starting Point: 1. “Trencapinyes” route car park, 2. Bagà

 

 


WHAT CAN I DO 1. “Trencapinyes” - (pinecone breaker) route: Circular walk of 2.5 km suitable for the youngest ones in the family, to explore the natural habitat of this small and curious bird, to listen to its song and with a little luck see it fly among the trees. The route will take you through the fantastic black pine forests of this area of the Cadí. Other species of interest that you will see during the route are: northern wheatear, alpine chough, red-billed chough, bearded vulture, egyptian vulture, griffon vulture...

2. The raptor viewpoints of the Turó Galliner: Near the Seu de Urgell, next to the uninhabited village of Lletó, in the municipality of Alàs i Cerc, the viewpoint allows the observation of migratory raptors, at the end of summer and in autumn, given that the north face of the Serra del Cadí is an important migratory route for gliding birds. Thousands of migratory raptors cross the Pyrenees and follow the Segre River to the south. The viewpoint is equipped with posters to identify the landscape that surrounds us and the species of birds that can be observed. Throughout 13 years of study of the migratory phenomenon, there have been more than 36,000 specimens of 17 species among which, stand out: the European beekeeper (Pernis apivorus) and the short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus). On a lucky day you can see concentrations of hundreds of individuals! The viewpoint is open all year round, in winter the snow can hinder access, it is free and designed to facilitate the investigation of the migratory phenomenon and to promote ecotourism.
+ INFORMATION Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park Center
C/ la Vinya, 1 • 08695 Bagà
Tel. 938 24 41 51 • Fax 938 24 43 12
pncadimoixero@gencat.cat

Alt Pirineu and Cadí-Moixeró Natural Parks Visitor Center
Av. Valls d’Andorra, 33 • 25700 La Seu d’Urgell
Tel. 973 360 954
pnaltpirineu@gencat.cat

Pedraforca Massif interpretation Center
Pl. Pedraforca, s/n • 08697 Saldes
Tel.: 93 825 80 46
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