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Birdwatching

Guests Comments

“Hello and thank you to Michaela and Nigel for their kindness and hospitality at the Quinta. We had a fantastic and memorable trip to the Quinta and Alentejo region. This little peace of heaven in a beautiful and tranquil Castro Verde was everything and more that we expected. Being a wildlife photographer I was amazed at the abundant wildlife available to you on the doorstep. Numerous birds, animals, insects and flora all here onsite! and in the local valleys, rivers and barragems giving host to Rollers, Kingfishers, Raptors such as Montagu, Black Kites, Imperial Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonnellis Eagle and Lesser Kestrel. Bee Eater, Azure Winged Magpie, Golden Oriele, Shrikes, Chats, Nightingale and much more, too long to list here. I genuinely saw all these and photographed them plus more. The Quinta had everything you could want to be comfortable and more. Very happy guests and would rate this experience as 10 out of 10 and totally recommend it.”

“A Birder’s Paradise!! LPN & Casevel amazing sites. Just to mention a few during our visit: Lesser Kestrel (80), Red and Black Kite, Great and Little Bustards, Black Bellied Sand Grouse, Corn Bunting, Eagles (various), Bee Eaters, Buzzards, Egrets, Storks, March Harrier, Montago Harrier, Cuckoos, Shrikes, Black Winged Kite. A Nightingale came to staying in the olive grove and sang all night and every day. We will be back – can’t wait” “A simply wonderful place Monte da Quinta takes relaxtion to a different level. Every day brought a new discovery. Not least the views of Black-winged Kites from our terrace and the constant song of the Golden Oriole, Bee Eater and the Nightingale. Locally I found: Eastern Olivaceous Warbler and Rufous Bushchat, Lesser Kestrel, Black- bellied Sandgrouse. This is a good area for Great Bustard and finally from Monte da Quinta or a walk down the lane toward the ford should provide good views of a Booted Eagle”.

Monte da Quinta Birding Guide

We have a comprehensive guide for our bird watching guests. All information has been kindly provided by previous visitors. The information provides local sites, directions on how to get their and a list of identified species. Here is a useful guide to 36 places of interest provided by the Turismo de Portugal Birdwatching

The Terrain

Holm-oak groves, scrubland of rock-roses, rocky outcrops, streams, weirs, riparian galleries, cultivated fields, pastureland and fallow land.

Species

White Stork, Eurasian Griffon Vulture, Eurasian, Black Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Red Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Hen Harrier, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Merlin, Common Crane, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Blackwinged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Eurasian Golden Plover, Northern Lapwing, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Roller, Common Kingfisher, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Common Nightingale, Rufous Bush Robin, Black-eared Wheatear, Melodious Warbler, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Common Raven, Spanish Sparrow.

Birdwatching Sites

Interpretation Centres Vale Gonçalinho Environmental Education Centre LPN – Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (League for the Protection of Nature) Castro Verde Tel. +351 286 328 309

Entradas, Monte do Vale Gonçalinho, Barragem do Monte Gavião, Carregueiro, Casével, Barragem da Apariça, Ribeira do Cobres, São Marcos da Atabueira, Senhora de Aracelis, Monte de Belver, Monte do Guerreiro, Rolão, Piçarras.

Other attractions in the area are the flora, reptiles and amphibians, dragonflies, archaeology, ethnography.

Other areas nearby Guadiana Valley Natural Park 37º42’N 07º39’W