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Trujillo and Belen

24th April 2014 The road at Belen is closed from the start at Belen town (Romano)

22nd June 2014 The road through Belen was open OK this morning. (Mick Frosdick)

31st May 2016 15 great bustards viewed in distant field on right of road about 3k after Belen 7.30 am (David Knass)

Caceres-Trujillo plains

Summer 2013 Re the Bonelli's Eagles at site 15 local guides report that there is a much better viewing area as one drives up the road in the direction of Santa Marta, inside the final hairpin bend at the top of the side of the valley. There is a section of abandoned road inside the bend where oner can park safely (39.5056N, 6.1155W). Although further from the nest, the view is in fact much better with the added advantage of a panorama to enjoy prolonged views of eagles approaching.' It has been suggested that viewing from the bridge may disturb the birds, so all birders are asked to avoid watching from there; anyone doing so may be asked to move on by an Environmental Protection officer and could be subjected to a fine. (per DG)

March 2016 Pat Rishton reports that ‘the Bonelli’s Eagle nest at site 15 seems to have gone’

11th April 2014 Black-eared Wheatear - pr in and around cutting just N of Rio Almonte bridge, 5k south of Monroy, Extremadura. (Martin Searle)

March 2016. At site 17 drive north for 1km until, where the road becomes a dirt road, you see a new hide overlooking the plains offering the possibility of getting closer to bustards, sandgrouse etc. This is best in the morning when the light is better. At site 8 there were both sandgrouse  and 10 Great Bustards and at site 2 there were Black-bellied Sandgrouse, 15 Great Bustard and 4 Dotterel. A further 40 Dotterel were at site 5 (Harry and Denise Failey)

2nd June 1 km beyond site 2, before track to buildings on left, 4 black-bellied sandgrouse, 4 pin-tailed and 1 great bustard seen between 7.15 and 7.45 am. All in flight. (David Knass)

February 2022 Page 4 site 5 was still good for Little Bustatd (41) and Pin-tailed sandgrouse (100+) (Adam Salmon)

Saucedilla (Arrocampo)

3rd April Glossy Ibis from hide 2 (Alasdair Downie)

2nd March 2016 Very obliging Black-shouldered Kite on approach to hide 4 (Pat Rishton)

Sierra de Gredos

Sept 2015 Following my failure to find Citril Finches at site 1, Harry and Denise Failey have commented that they haven’t seen them here ‘for many years’ despite regular visits.

February 2022 Just wanted to let you know we found at least 10 Citril Finch at site 1 with some carrying nesting material plus display flights, plus loads of Crossbill (30+) and a few Firecrest. (Adam Salmon)


Sept 2015 At site 1 there is now an alternative walk up to the castle, avoiding the steep steps. Between sites 1 and 3 is a parking area just past the big bridge; we’ve regularly seen Bonelli’s Eagle from here in Feb/March or September (Harry and Denise Failey)

May 2016 The Imperial Eagles bred again at site 6 but the chick perished in bad weather. The adults continued to roost there. (David Knass)

May 2018 Site 6 is also an easy place to see Red-necked Nightjars, sitting in the road at dusk. They are seen regularly here and we also had them 1.5 km further north-east along the road. (Ivan Davison)

Vegas Altas

Feb 16  Hen Harrier, Red Avadavat, Common Waxbill and 10 Great Bustards (these were at site 2) (Harry and Denise Failey)

Deleitosa area

May 2016  At site 2, although there were no Black Wheatears on view we had 5 White-rumped Swifts visiting the big rocks below the castle. Also Peregrines and Rock Sparrow (Keith Betton)

February 2022 Site 2 still had Black Wheatear (plus Egyptian Vulture). (Adam Salmon)


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