This 8.31 km long route ends at a wetland rich in bird species.
This route is 8.3 km long until Charco Salado and then if wanted can be extended beyond to it join the Pink Route (in the network of trails of the Monfragüe Biosphere Reserve). Indeed, it is well worth extending given the numerous wetlands present along the Pink Route which offer us chances of making interesting sightings.
- ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
It starts at the Information Point and Environmental Education Centre and ends at Charco Salado: a lagoon surrounded by cattle grazing dehesas and which supports a surprising abundance of birds, many of which are scarce and difficult to observe in the region. It initially coincides with routes 2 & 4, crossing fruit orchards, crops and fallow land. It then enters into the estate of El Pizarral where it crosses dehesa, and leads us to Charco Salado. Practically the entire route is along sandy tracks.
There are no specific birdwatching amenities along the route, although the site is very worthy of it. Signposts indicate the way once we enter the estate of El Pizarral.
The lake is located within a private estate and we should only enter showing the maximum respect for the cattle being reared within it.
- OBSERVABLE BIRDS:
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
Gadwall Anas strepera
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Common Pochard Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Great Egret Ardea alba
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Lesser-backed Gull Larus fuscus Lesser
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Mistle Thrus Turdus viscivorus