The mountain streams and rivers are important for species such as White-throated Dipper, Yellow Wagtail and, of course, Kingfisher.
Along these streams you will usually find vegetation of Elm, Narrow-leafed Ash, Poplar, Alder, Hawthorn and Blackthorn.
Many species of the North-European migrating songbirds have their winter habitat here, the breeding population counts species like Olivaceous Warbler, Great Reed Warbler and the whole year round singing Cetti's Warbler.
On rivers where there is less current with well covered banks you will find Little Grebes.

Best places to observe:
A beautiful mountain stream where you can find these species is the Rio Almonte. We recommend two locations: the part between Retamosa and Roturas (where the Almonte starts as a mountain stream) and secondly, where it has become a real river, forming the border between Aldeacentenera and Deleitosa. You can observe birds here during a nice walk along this river.
 
 
The reservoirs with their moist banks attract mostly Cormorants, Grebes, Little and Great Egrets, Grey Heron, Mallards and other ducks. In winter time, Graylag Geese and Cranes use the reservoirs to sleep. In summertime, when the mountain streams fall dry, the reservoirs become important for Kingfishers.
Where reed beds grow along the shores you can find, besides many warblers, Purple Heron, Night Heron, and Little Bittern.
On the sandy shores breed Waders such as Little Ringed Plover.

Best places to observe:
In Villuercas Ibores Jara good observation places are the reservoirs in the Rio Ruecas, with the dams Presa Ruecas and Presa Ruecas Azud and the reservoir in the Rio Cubilar (with the Presa Cubilar dam). These reservoirs are situated south of the village of Logrosán. It is possible to drive over the dams in the Rio Ruecas. From the surrounding roads you can reach the banks of the reservoirs via some dirt roads. The dam in the Rio Cubilar is only accessible by foot. Notice the special vegetation on this dam.
 
 
Birds you may expect to see:

English name Scientific name Summer Winter passing
Greylag Goose Anser anser x
Wigeon Anas penelope x
Gadwall Anas strepera x
Teal Anas crecca x
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos x x
Pintail Anas acuta x
Shoveler Anas clypeata x
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina x x
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula x
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis x x
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus x x
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis x x
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo x
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris x
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus x
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax x
Little Egret Egretta garzetta x

Great White Egret

Casmerodius albus x
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea x x
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea x x
Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia x
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus x
Black Kite Milvus migrans x
Osprey Pandion haliaetus x x
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus x
Purple Swamp-hen Porphyrio porphyrio x x
Coot Fulica atra x x
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus x x
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta x
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius x
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula x
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus x
Little Stint Calidris minuta x
Dunlin Calidris alpina x x
Snipe Gallinago gallinago x
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa x x
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus x
Common Redshank Tringa totanus x x
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia x
Common Tern Sterna hirundo x
Little Tern Sterna albifrons x x
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus x
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis x x
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta x
Yellow  Wagtail Motacilla flava spec x
White Wagtail Motacilla alba spec x x
White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus x x
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos x
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros x x
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides x x
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti ¿? x
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus x
European Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus x
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus x
Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais opaca x
Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta x
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis x x
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata x x
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans x
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala x x
Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli x
Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus x
Red Avadavat Amandava amandava x x
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella x x
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus x