Transfer from Carcassonne airport to accommodation at
Welcome drinks & dinner
Evening outing to try and spot Eagle owl
Hedgerows & coastal vegetation
Some early spring migration if the wind is NW, plus resident species, winter visitors and early summer arrivals:
Iberian yellow wagtail, Great spotted cuckoo, Sardinian warbler, Cetti's warbler, Fan-tailed warbler, Bluethroat, Short-toed eagle,
Alpine swift on migration...
La Franqui (coffee)
Slender billed gulls, Black-winged stilt, Sandwich tern + other gulls and shore birds.
Lagoon & salt pans (picnic)
Greater flamingo, Avocet, Black-winged stilt, Little and Great white egret, Cattle egret, Kentish plover, Slender-billed gull…
Open scrubby garrigue
Black-eared wheatear, Hoopoe, Spotless starling, Sardinian warbler, Dartford warbler,, Thekla lark, Rock thrush ... and possibly an Ocellated lizard!
Return to our accommodation for an early dinner and an evening outing to see & hear various amphibians including Marbled newts.
Dry open grasslands: Thekla lark, Sardinian & Dartford warblers, Black-eared wheatear, Hoopoe...
Vineyards and open scrub
Spotless starling, Fan-tailed warbler, Sardinian warbler, Dartford warbler, Black redstart, Serin, Hen harrier, Bonelli’s eagle and possibly Iberian grey shrike...
Return to our accommodation for drinks and dinner.
Departure after breakfast
We visit the medieval town of Lagrasse where you can choose to birdwatch, visit the abbey or just wander around the ancient streets!
Lunch in Lagrasse.
Transfer to Carcassonne airport for departure.
"Great food, French atmosphere, helpful people, good guides, attractive countryside." (From a trip in May 2017)