We´ve recently provided a number of trips that have taken in the virtually unknown mountainous interior of the Valencia region.
Within an hour´s drive of the beautiful Mediterranean city of Valencia lies a vast and rugged region that provides habitat for some very special birds.
The exceptionally low human population density and the natural characteristics of our inland sierras means that for wildlife in general, this is a fascinating place. We´re constantly surprised at the bird life this area offers.
On our recent trips, the forested hills and river valleys have given us excellent views of some favourites such as Dipper, Golden Oriole, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Melodious Warbler, Bee Eater, Red Rumped Swallow and Woodchat Shrike.
We then usually move slightly higher into the forested highlands, often in excess of 700m above sea level. This is where we see some fabulous species including Firecrest, Crested Tit and Sub-alpine Warbler.
As we climb even higher towards 900 metres above sea level, we find some spectacular mountain scenery – rock pinnacles, buttresses and huge cliff walls. These hold some specialist mountain bird species, some of which are not often associated with this area of Spain. During our most recent trips we´ve been delighted to see Chough, Raven, Black Wheatear, Crag Martin, Alpine Swift, Peregrine Falcon, Short Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Griffon Vulture.
We´re blessed here in Valencia to live in an enchanting and vibrant city, yet so close to some spectacular and rugged mountain habitats.
Written by Dave Warrington.
Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding.