Birdwatching in the Pyrenees
Discover an exceptional birdlife in a magnificent mountain setting …
Discover the superb birdlife here in the French Pyrenees — visit the very best local sites with the help of our birding guides, route guides and local species lists, join us on our guided days.
Most of all you will benefit from our expert local knowledge, we have been living here and observing the birdlife for over 25 years, at any time of year we can advise on what can be seen and where, we are out in the hills almost every day!
Choose between 3-star hotel accommodation in Luz St Sauveur or Bareges (from £435 / €495 week) or quality apartments in Bareges (from £425 / €465 week sleeping 4–6), look at our hotel and apartment pages.
The area excels in the number and variety of raptors — Bearded Vulture (seven pairs nesting locally), Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonellis Eagle, Short-Toed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, and the ever-present Griffon. From the terrace of our apartments in Bareges one can watch just about all the Pyrenean raptors flying over the mountain side opposite — the very aptly named Montagne Fleurie (Flower Mountain).
The bird many enthusiasts will want to see is the elusive Wallcreeper. During the summer it is seldom found below 2000m, but during the winter and spring it can be found at lower altitudes in and around the villages (even in our back garden!) Our closest nesting site is two hours walk from Bareges (we have observed the birds regularly through to mid-July) and there are other sites more accessible by road. The bird otherwise can always be found high on the frontier ridge at 2500m. For good walkers we can organise a day to accompany you to the most reliable sites.
Other species found locally which will be of interest are Eagle Owl, Alpine Accentor, Snow Finch, Citril Finch, Capercaillie, Rock Thrush, Firecrest, Crested Tit, we also have a good number of Black Woodpeckers locally. Our extensive bird lists are an invaluable aid to finding where particular species can be found and can be used with our route guide to the local footpath network, most importantly we explain ourselves what you can expect to find and where you can find it. Our minibus drops and guided days will concentrate on the birdlife during the early summer allowing you to visit a large number of varied sites.
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