Eagles, falcons, vultures, and bustards are among the dozens of species which make the Community of Madrid a bona-fide birder's bonanza.

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Birdwatching in the Sierra Oeste Mountains

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Birders ahoy! The Community of Madrid abounds in avian riches, with areas of particular interest including the Sierra Norte, the Guadarrama Mountains, the Cuenta Alta del Manzanares, the Cuenca del Guadalix, the Curso Medio del Guadarrama, Campiñas de Jarama y Henares, the Sierra Oeste, Alcarria Madrileña y Sureste, and even a number of parks and other areas within Madrid city limits. As every good birdwatcher knows, vital equipment includes a good pair of binoculars, a decent camera, comfy shoes, and for the sun, a hat and high-SPF lotion. You also want to take some water, snacks and a bag or container for your rubbish. Plan your route in advance, taking into account the time it will take to complete, and print out a map of the area you're visiting. The site MadridBirdwatching.es/en is an extremely useful resource for planning, learning about regulations, and finding well-annotated birding maps to print; there's even a section for children, including games and a downloadable field notebook.

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