J-14. Bury al-Hammam

  • Signposted access.
  • Binoculars. A telescope is not essential but would certainly boost our viewing chances.
  • Urban (historical building)
  • Views over the surrounding built-up area, olive groves, pastureland and reservoir.
  • Late winter to summer (end of February to August), especially from March to May.
  • Any, though dusk is best.
Few other local spots have so much historical baggage as the millenary Alcazaba de Bury al-Hammam (or Burgalimar Castle). A small colony of Lesser Kestrel is still hanging on here, alongside Common Kestrels and Spotless Starlings. In winter Black Redstart and Blue Rock Thrush move in. It is also one of the best trails for Pallid Swift and Red-Necked Nightjar. Chough, White Stork, Sparrow Hawk, Booted Eagle, Swallow and Red-Rumped Swallow are also likely to fly over our heads. More information on this trail in the book Birding and Nature Trails in Sierra Morena de Ja茅n.

Text and images: Rafael Romero Porrino

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