Ricard Gutiérrez will reveal to you how the richness and diversity of this right-hand corner of the Iberian Peninsula can reward you with Citril Finches or Crossbills in the morning, Rollers, Short-toed Larks or Little Bustards at lunch time and Purple Swamp-hens or Squacco herons in the evening -yes, you’ll spend some money on fuel and highway tolls!- And this richness is a privilege that probably most Catalan birders are not really aware of and overseas visitors need to know.
The record of 217 species in a 24-hour bird race at the European scale remains unbeaten and is closely followed by other very good results mostly from Catalonia too. The complete Catalan list hits a very nice figure of 414 species. But… what are the best places to see the show? What can I expect in every season of the year? How can I get involved with locals who can help me?
These and many more exciting questions will be addressed in DBF16 by Ricard Gutiérrez. He works at the Catalan Government, dealing with Nature Management, and he has been involved in the Spanish and Catalan Rarities Committees, he is a reviewer at Ducth Birding and has collaborated with many European bird magazines, such as Birdwatch, Birding World or British Birds among others. His website www.rarebirdspain.org is a reference spot for rarity searchers.