3 Terrific Trips for Birders

young blonde woman hiking watching through binoculars. Copy spaceIf you’re the kind of traveler who never goes far without a pair of binoculars on hand, in case something of ornithological interest should pop up, then a walking trip should most certainly be on your travel agenda. There is really no better way to see new species of birds than by walking through the countryside with your eyes and ears open to discovery.

Nearly all of our walking trips offer opportunities to birders, but a few of them are particularly rich opportunities. Here are a few of our favorites:

1.     Islands of Bermuda Walk
This independent, 8-day walking trip offers stunning scenery, including pink-sand beaches, coral reefs and dreamy aquamarine waters. But it’s also a terrific place to spot birds, especially if you visit in the spring, or even better, in the fall, when migrating birds are moving through. You may be able to spot dozens of species of shorebirds, vireos and warblers, cuckoos, flycatchers, swifts, thrushes and tanagers.  The trip includes time at Spittal Pond, one of the best birding locations in Bermuda, where you may even be able to spot flamingo.

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), male Spring migrant in breeding plumage.2.     Sierra de Gredos Walk

The Sierra de Gredos mountain range in central Spain contains a wealth of gorgeous landscape, including rugged granite mountains, lush valleys and wildflower-dotted plains. The landscape provides excellent habitat for raptors, including griffon vultures. Woodpeckers, kites, and even nightjars can also often be spotted while you walk among the northern sierra. In addition to all the excellent birding, you may also encounter wild ibex goats, with males sporting impressively large, curved horns.

3.     Fisherman’s Trails of the Alentejo Walk

For the first three nights of this 8-day trip through Portugal, you will stay at the lakeside retreat of Frank McCormick, one of the leading birding experts in the country. Your walks will take you through tranquil valleys dotted with nightingales, azure magpie, blue rock thrush, woodpeckers, and chiff chaff, all while you enjoy stunning views of wild beaches and charming fishing villages that seem to come from another era entirely. It is not unheard of on this trip to see as many as 50 species of birds in a day!

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