Coto fotográfico
Birdwatching route

Birdwatching route

The environment and its biodiversity

We have designed an easy and comfortable itinerary, within the reach of all audiences, to obtain a fairly complete image of the biodiversity that surrounds us. From the purely urban environment, richer than imaginable, to the more purely steppe environments, passing through the picturesque vineyards. Without forgetting that during the summer period, the relative scarcity of water gives the current springs maximum importance for the survival of many of the species present. Take your binoculars, and get ready to do this route with us, you will not be disappointed. In addition to the posters designed to publicize these points, we offer you the possibility of listening to their explanation by scanning the QR codes available along the way with your mobile. Do not forget that your behavior must be exemplary:
Point 1
The village
GORDONCILLO
Gordoncillo

The town of Gordoncillo is, despite what it seems a priori, an ideal habitat for many species of birds. House sparrows, jackdaws, common kestrels, white storks, black redstarts, starlings or barn swallows are easy to see during the day. At night, the owl and the little owl roam the town in search of rodents. Urban birds, like these, tolerate human company well as long as the towns maintain holes in the buildings and enough trees to nest and feed. Towns like Gordoncillo maintain a healthy bird community which means it is a healthy town for birds and people. From this point begins the route of the Gordoncillo photographic preserve. After traveling 4 km, you will arrive at the "Fuente Retuerta" point where other species of birds await you.

Audio description

4 km
Point 2
First stop
FUENTE RETUERTA
Aguilucho lagunero © B. Lainez & J.L. Hernández

The Retuerta spring and the nearby stream are a more humid habitat than the other areas of Gordoncillo, so the diversity of birds is greater thanks to the availability of water even in the summer months.

Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea), Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Black Kite (Milvus milvus), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunctulus), Eurasian Buzzard European (Falco subbuteo), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), red partridge (Alectoris rufa), common quail (Coturnix coturnix), common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), European scops owl (Otus scops) little owl ( Athene noctua), long-eared owl (Asio otus), red-necked nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis), woodpecker (Picus viridis), gray wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), royal shrike (Lanius meridionalis), southern bunting (Emberiza cirrus).

 

Audio descripction

6 km.
Point 3
Cereal pseudosteppe
CAMINO VIÑAS 1
Avutarda © B. Lainez & J.L. Hernández

The agricultural landscape that you can see from here is typical of the cereal pseudo-steppe, a landscape modified by human beings but with birds that are well adapted to agricultural conditions.

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus), Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Great Bustard (Otis tarda), Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax), Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa), common quail (Coturnix coturnix), European hatchling (Clamator glandarius), short-eared owl (Asio flammeus), common bee-eater (Merops apiaster), common lark (Melanocorypha calandra), sand martin ( Riparia riparia), Pipit (Anthus campestris), Stonechat (Saxicola torquata), Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), King Thrush (Turdus pilaris), Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata), Gray Shrike (Lanius senator), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), tree sparrow (Passer montanus).

 

Audio description

2 km.
Point 4
Vineyards
CAMINO VIÑAS 2
Abubilla portada © B. Lainez & J.L. Hernández

The agricultural landscape that you can see from here is typical of wine-growing areas, a sea of ​​vineyards that change color with the seasons and allow us to enjoy the famous wines from the local Gordonzello winery.

Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Red Partridge (Alectoris rufa), European Clam (Clamator glandarius), Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Eurasian Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Common Lark (Melanocorypha calandra), Sand Martin (Riparia riparia), House Martin ( Delichon urbica), Pipit (Anthus campestris), Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), King Thrush (Turdus pilaris), Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata), Gray Shrike (Lanius senator), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus), goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), mountain bunting (Emberiza cia), wild bunting (Miliaria calandra).

 

Audio description

3 km.
End

Back in Gordoncillo.