Laguna de Medina Sidonia – bird calendar

When to visit

The optimum time to see wintering species is between December and February/March, although many remain for a good while after that. The summer visitors usually begin to arrive from mid-February and the breeding season is well underway by mid-April. This is a good time to visit as the weather is warmer, the days are longer and the maximum number of species are present.

Bird Calendar


Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Mallard, Shoveler,Red-creste Pochard, White-headed Duck, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Water Rail, Moorhen, Purple Swamp Hen (Gallinule), Common Coot, Crested Coot, Stone Curlew, Kentish Plover, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodlark, Crested Lark, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Stonechat, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Great Grey Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Corn Bunting, Cirl Bunting.


Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Ferruginous Duck, Montagu’s Harrier, Short-toed Eagle, Black Kite, Red Kite, Quail, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Collared Pratincole,Little Ringed Plover, Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Nightjar, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Sand Martin, REd-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Nightingale, Rufous Bush Chat, Black-eared Wheatear, Savi’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed-Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike, Ortolan Bunting.


Grey Heron, Spoonbill, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Marbled Duck, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Hen Harrier, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Little Stint, Ruff, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Bluethroat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Penduline Tit, Siskin, Reed Bunting.

Passage Migrants

Squacco Heron, White Stork, Black Stork, Garganey, Curlew, Roller, Wryneck, Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher

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