J-3. Along the foothills of Sierra Morena

  • Partially signposted. It coincides in part with long-distance trekking path GR-48 and the short-distance trekking path PR-A 289.
  • Binoculars.
  • Olive groves
  • Pinewoods
  • Holm Oak woods and pastureland
  • Late spring (early May to mid June). In early spring and winter there are fewer birds but it is still a worthwhile stroll.
  • Best to start at dawn.
Baños de la Encina is one of the “olive municipalities” that are dotted around eastern Sierra Morena. Striking out eastwards from the town along the droveway called Cordel de Guarromán, the trail passes along the ridge of the Linares-La Carolina tectonic fault before dropping down to return through the sea of olives we previously looked down on from up top. Rufous-Tailed Scrub Robin is the star turn here, with a supporting cast of Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Red-Necked Nightjar, Bee-eater, Black Kite, Iberian Hare or the lovely butterfly Provence Orange Tip. More information on this trail in the book Birding and Nature Trails in Sierra Morena de Jaén.

Text and images: Rafael Romero Porrino

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