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Birds of the Camino Frances

GerryDel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, July 2014
I love birding. What are some of the birds you've sighted, or I can expect to see along the Camino Frances?
 

GerryDel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, July 2014

lettinggo

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Hola

Storks for sure.
Numerous towns have stork nests which were full when I walked February-March.
Some of the nests in the church towers looks as if they are very old.
In Roncesvalles I saw a small bird with a yellow chest, maybe a finch and along the camino smaller brownish birds followed and sat on the road ahead, moved a few meter further on, and moved once I got near again.
Following a human it looked like, maybe looking for food, but then again it was snowy and cold.
Vultures can also be seen, especially near the mountains and towards Pamplona, but in general I saw a lot of larger birds as well, such as falks and eagles. This was rare though.
Domesticated birds, such as geese, hen and ducks, are of local species and will probably also enjoy you.

Buen Camino
Lettinggo
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
Alas, the Spanish are not so informed concerning flora and fauna found along the Camino. In the Springtime you see entire hillsides of blue Lobellia , digitalis, protected wild primavera but when you ask the name of a flower all they can usually answer is "fluer". Birds are even worse, cigüeña‏ , stork, they all know, anything else is some sort of los pájaros or halcónes. The cuckoo is cuclillo and is found along the Camino to teach us humility, about 0930 they start their signiture call telling us "You are Cuckoo, you are cuckoo" true but not encouraging. The Iberian Penensula"Fieldbook" of Wildflowers is printed in England weighs in at a hefty 2 kilograms and is not a fieldbook, for birds I have never seen anything really helpful, small picture books for children but nothing really useful.
 

GerryDel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, July 2014
Cuckoos would be great to see. I think we have them in North America although I have never seen any. We have storks near where I live, but they are majestic and fun to watch, so it would be nice to see those.
 

CaptBuddy

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Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2012, again Fall 2014.
Kestrels. Open fields and meseta. I've seen them along the Frances, but many more in Andalucia. My favorite raptor.
 

Felipe

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Well, maybe not everybody's "pretty and charming" birds, but there are vultures and quebrantahuesos (literally "bone-breakers") on the Pyrinees. You can see them sometimes, circling high and watchfully over your head....
 
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basquelady

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Camino(s) past & future
CF (2013), CF Pamplona to V del Bierzo (2014), Baztanés, then CF (2016), CF Sahagun to SDC (2017)
Cuckoos would be great to see. I think we have them in North America although I have never seen any. We have storks near where I live, but they are majestic and fun to watch, so it would be nice to see those.
There are plenty birds to both hear and, hopefully, see as well. Shortly before Logroño, there are signs to the Pantano de las Cañas, where there is a wetland bird observatory (http://www.lagunadeviana.es/). After El Ganso (between Astorga and Rabanal del Camino) there is a board explaining the trees and wildlife to look out for; there is a picture of the Dartford Warbler there (see Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dartford_warbler). I saw a lot of large raptors over most parts of the Camino but couldn't identify without my binocs. On the meseta there are definitely Great Bustard, although I did not manage to see one! Good info on this page (http://www.pilipalapress.com/meseta.php#flora_fauna). I also remember seeing a lot of butterflies, including Swallowtails in Rioja. When we return this Sept, I hope to spend even more time paying attention to the wild life than I did last year.
 

Felipe

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Before Los Arcos I heard a chirping to my right, in the bushes. Then another, and another, while I progressed slowly by the way. I fancied it was welcoming and accompanying me...although I suppose it was actually enticing me as far as possible from its nest.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Apr 2014 SJPP to SDC to Finisterre
Griffin vultures going up from SJJP, White Stork, Wheatear, Yellow hammer, Corn Bunting, Warblers, Cuckoo ( i spotted 3 but heard them most days)
 
Although I decided my binoculars would be too heavy, I did carry monocular. I wasn't able to identify the birds I saw, though, without a book. Maybe you'd liked to download an appropriate app?
 

GerryDel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, July 2014
Although I decided my binoculars would be too heavy, I did carry monocular. I wasn't able to identify the birds I saw, though, without a book. Maybe you'd liked to download an appropriate app?
I generally take pictures of the bird, butterfly or flower, then it up on the internet, then blog about it. I've never carried a field guide or anything. Probably not the correct methodology, but it's the one that's most convenient for me.
 

Jakke

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Camino(s) past & future
Eleven different ones in Poland, Finland, Portugal and Spain
I remember hearing the Hop bird every day on the Southern part of the Via de la Plata. On the Norte a Goldfinch. An app about wildlife and birds would be great. Best: you take a photo and the app identifies the species 🙂
 

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