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Vultures of Col de Pal

Pyrenees  >  Spain

Trail on a sunny mountainslope of Col de Pal in Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park with big groups of vultures, raptors, wheatears and full of marmots.

Description

A great place to see Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) and hunting Golden Eagle. Also large numbers of nesting Northern Wheatear. In the late afternoon you have a chance on very low overflying Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) and Egyptian Vulture, and big groups of Griffon Vulture. This 3 km long circular trail on a sunny mountainslope of Col de Pal in Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park leads through an area of meadows and juniper with blocks of stone that are used by marmots to live in and establish colonies. Along the way are information panels and the odd marmot burrow close to the path. You can often tell they are there by their whistles of alarm. Only in the late afternoon they are easy to see and sometimes even very close. Along the trail you also pass cows and can see Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica). Other nice birds you can see here are Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Citril Finch, Common Raven, Red-billed Chough and Yellow-billed Chough.

Details

Access

Take the C-16 road to Bagà. From here, follow the signs to the Pal Pass (coll de Pal), on the BV-4024 road. The 17 km winding road offers beautiful views and some viewpoints with parking along the way. You can click on the P on the map to go there.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, Mountain

Conditions

Hilly, Mountainous, Rocky, No shadow

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Birdingplaces Near

Further down the mountain the Mirador dels Orris is a good place to see Red Crossbill. This area is also described by me on Birdingplaces. 

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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