One of the best regions for birdwatching in Northern Spain is Aragon with over 360 species of birds recorded to date. Aragon covers an area of some 30,000 square miles and consists of three provinces; Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza. Each province has its own special characteristics determined by its location, geology, water resources, topography, climate and vegetation. These combine to provide Aragon with a great diversity of habitats giving rise to a wide variety of fauna and flora.

In the centre (Zaragoza) the River Ebro runs roughly northwest to southeast, meandering across the Ebro Basin, which in turn is bounded to the north by the Pre-Pyrenees, and to the south by the Iberian System of mountains and high sierras. Between these two natural obstacles lie great open areas with just a few sparsely populated towns and villages. Great (Otis tarda) and Little (Tetrax tetrax) Bustards wander these steppes and Pin-tailed (Pterocles alchata) and Black-bellied (Pterocles orientalis) Sandgrouse are to be found in the early morning and late evening drinking from hidden dewponds.

Sierra de Alcubierre from Mirador de la Gabardera, Monegrillo

Sierra de Alcubierre from Mirador de la Gabardera, Monegrillo, Los Monegros (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)

River Ebro from El Galacho de Juslibol, Zaragoza

River Ebro from El Galacho de Juslibol, Zaragoza (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)

Balsa Fortiz

Balsa de Fortiz, Monegrillo, Los Monegros (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)