On the dry, bald, treeless plains with a vegetation of mostly tough grasses and thistles you have a very good chance of spotting Great and Little Bustard, Calandra Lark, Roller and Montagu's Harrier. The steppe-areas are also important for Stone Curlew, Corn Bunting, Woodchat Shrike and Grey Shrike, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. Cattle Egrets can usually be seen running between the herds of cows and sheep.

Best places to observe:
Good steppe areas for birdwatching are near Aldeacentenera. Take the CC-23[3] between Aldeacentenera and Torrecillas de la Tiesa. At 6 km from Aldeacentenera or 4 km from Torrecillas, you can choose to go Southwest, direction of Belén or you can take the dirt road Northwest in the direction of Deleitosa (4 x 4 recommended). The Belén route offers the best results for observing steppe-birds . Alternatively, the Deleitosa route offers a nice encounter with the Rio Almonte, where you can have a walk on the flat North banks, to see Warblers, Bee-eaters and Crag Martins. This is a good place to see Otters as well.

Birds you may expect to see:

English name Scientific name Summer Winter passing
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix x
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides x x
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis x x
Black Kite Milvus migrans x
Red Kite Milvus milvus x x
Eurasian Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus x x
Black Vulture Aegypius monachus x x
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus x
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus x x
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus x
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis x x
Merlin Falco columbarius x
Peregrine Falco peregrinus x
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus x x
Common Crane Grus grus x
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax x x
Great Bustard Otis tarda x x
Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus x x
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola x
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus x
European Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria x
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus x
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus x
Curlew Numenius arquata x x
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus x x
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos x x
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis x x
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata x x
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus x
European Roller Coracias garrulus x
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra x x
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla x x
Crested Lark Galerida cristata x x
Thekla Lark Galerida theklae x x
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis x x
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris x x
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis x
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe x x
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica x
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris x
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata x x
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator x
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana x
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra x x