Birdwatching – Sierras de Andujar Natural Park
Los Pinos Complex Hotel.
8:30 h. – 18:00 h.
Leader of the day
Jose Luis Sánchez
Directions to the meeting point
Motorway A4 to Madrid. Route Sevilla - Córdoba - Andújar. In Andújar take the exit to Santuario Virgen de la Cabeza, road JA-6177. After 14,2 km driving you get Los Pinos Complex Hotel.
GPS Coordinates: 38° 07' 42,00" N 3° 57' 57,00" O
Information about the meeting
We’ll visit the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park. This natural space forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain range, in the North of Andalusia, and lies in the Northwest corner of the province of Jaén.
It has a landscape formed from granite, quartz and slate, which is bordered by two rivers - the Jándula and the Yeguas. This Natural Park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx (c.250 individuals).
In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive. As well as Iberian Lynx, Otter, Wild Boar, Mouflon, Red & Fallow Deer are occasionally to be seen. This magnificent natural reserve also hold a large population of raptor species.
At 8:30 am we’ll leave for our first spot, the dam of the El Encinarejo Reservoir and the picnic area along the bank of the river Jándula. 10 kms from los Pinos.
After – or before lunch, depend on the bird activity in that area – we’ll drive back the same road to take the road to La Lancha Reservoir, our next spot. Birding en route.
Then will get some of the best vantage points to see birds. We’ll spend the rest of the day there.
Accommodation in the area
-La Caracola Rural Hotel. Nice charming rural hotel. http://www.lacaracolahotelrural.com/
Owner’s name is Ramón. Phone: 633515679
Let Ramón know you are coming for the ABS meeting with Jose Luis Sánchez, the leader.
-Los Pinos Complex Hotel. http://www.lospinos.es/formulario_edicion.htm
-Hotel Sierra de Andújar. Phone: 953 12 25 30
-Hotel del Val. http://www.peraltahoteles.com/esp/index.asp?secc=/hoteldelval
Clothing and food
At this time of the year it may get quite warm. So, you should bring sun screen, hat, comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
We’ll eat our lunch in the field, so bring your own food and water.
Black and Griffon vulture, Spanish imperial, Golden, Booted and Short-toed eagle, Iberian magpie, Iberian green and Great-spotted woodpecker, Subalpine warbler, Dartford warbler, Nuthatch, Crested tit, Woodchat shrike, Southern grey shrike, Grey wagtail, Mistle thrush, Blue rock thrush, Hoopoe, Woodlark, Thekla lark, Red-rumped swallow, Crag martin, Golden oriole, Red-billed chough, Raven, Rock bunting, Corn bunting, Rock sparrow, Hawfinch, Green finch, Grey wagtail, Kingfisher …
Other sites in the area for those staying over night
-The road to Baños de la Encina is a very interesting area for birdwatching.