Cávado River – Donões

Along the Cávado riverbed there’s the riparian vegetation flanked by meadows, fields, willows, ash and oak woods. You can follow a route on foot near the bridge to Donões, with tree different paths or drive to Frades and to Sezelhe lagoon stopping along the river. It’s a good place to visit at any time of the year and you can watch a huge variety of birds from which we highlight the following species: Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Little Grebe (Tacybaptus ruficollis), Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Moorhen (Galinulla chloropus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), Swift (Apus apus), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis sharpei), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Woodlark (Lulula arborea), Sand Martin (Riparia riparia), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta), Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), White  Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Dipper (Cinclus cinclus), Dunnock (Prunella modularis), Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelus), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Western Bonelli’s Warbler  (Phylloscopus bonelli), Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus), Carriça (Troglodytes troglodytes), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Great Tit (Parus major), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Iberian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis), Red-backed Shrike  (Lanius collurio), Magpie (Pica pica), Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus), Chafinch (Fringilla coelebs), Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla), Linnet (Carduelis canabina), Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), Siskin (Carduelis spinus),  Serin (Serinus serinus), Bulfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus) and Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia).