La Rioja

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Birding La Rioja

La Rioja is a province and autonomous community of northern Spain. Its capital is Logroño. Other cities and towns in the province include Calahorra, Arnedo, Alfaro, Haro, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and Nájera.It is bordered by the Basque Country (province of Álava), Navarre, Aragón (province of Zaragoza), and Castile and León (provinces of Soria and Burgos). The Río Ebro flows through this region, as does the Río Oja, for which it is known.The climate is mainly Mediterranean climate. The Rioja Alta comarca receives more precipitation than Rioja Baja. The average temperature ranges from 11.8°C – 31.8°C (53°F – 88°F) and the precipitation ranges between 300 mm – 600 mm as an annual average. The wind called Cierzo is very frequent around La Rioja during the winter.

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Useful Reading

  • Where to Watch Birds in Northern & Eastern Spain

    | By Ernest FJ Garcia & Michael Rebane | Bloomsbury Publishing | 2017 | Paperback | 384 pages, 30 b/w illustrations, 125 b/w maps | ISBN: 9781472936752 Buy this book from NHBS.com
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  • BR Arnedillo

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    The Peñas de Leza and Jubera are declared as a Special Bird Protection Area (ZEPA). Therefore lovers of birds of prey can especially enjoy the colonies of Griffon vultures. The Peñas de Arnedillo (Cidacos Valley) and the Fuentestrún Canyon (Alhama Valley) and the Griffon Vulture Observatory are excellent places to watch them.
  • NR Sierra de Cebollera

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    There are numerous species of forest birds of prey, such as the goshawk, the sparrowhawk, the honey buzzard, the booted eagle, the common buzzard and the short-toed eagle. Nocturnal birds can also be observed such as the long-eared owl and the tawny owl. The sierra is considered to be an area of international importance for the passage of migratory birds.
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  • Nature in La Rioja

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    La Rioja , in northern Spain, is a land of vineyards and wine, art and culture, and, of course, countryside. You will love the variety of its landscapes. Here you will find Mediterranean forests along with high mountain landscapes that rapidly give way to semi-arid areas with an almost lunar look to them. Water will accompany you on many routes - there are seven rivers in this Region. There are many ways to discover the countryside of the La Rioja Region. These are a few of them.

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