Bird´s route: Rexidoira Falls

Located in the parish of Filgueira de Barranca, part of the municipality of Oza-Cesuras, this short but challenging route leads you to one of the typical habitats of this region: waterfalls hidden among dense autochthonous woods. This section of the River Mendo includes a steep descent from 475 metres to 380 metres above sea level in a mere 600 metre stretch.

Ornithological interest

As you make your way down to the four waterfalls, treading carefully at all times, you will be accompanied by the comings and goings of numerous forest species fluttering among the Hazel, Alder and Bay trees. Look out for Coal and Great Tits, Treecreepers, Robins, Blackbirds and, in autumn, Flycatchers. On reaching the water, keep an eye out for the White-throated Dipper. In addition, look out for species that prefer more open habitats on the outskirts of A Rexidoira village.

Phenology

Although this area can be visited at any time of year, the waterfalls are naturally at their most spectacular during the rainy months. In spring, the sounds of the falls is the perfect accompaniment to the bird songs.

What to see

The route leading to the four waterfalls is well signposted. A railing and rope will help you along part of the way. Take extra care when it is wet underfoot. Do not stray off the path at any time – it could be dangerous, as you may slip and fall!

Getting there, accessibility and recommendations

By car, from Oza-Cesuras town centre, drive some 15 km in the direction of Curtis. You will come to a right-hand turning along a tarmacked road. Follow this road for about 1 km to the village of A Rexidoira. Park your car and walk 100 m along the wide forest track to the start of the route.

Resources

Details of this route are available on the Wikiloc page of the Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve:https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-senderismo/sm-17-ruta-da-rexidoira-9299657

Nearby sites of ornithological interest

Downriver from the waterfalls is San Gregorio wood. In addition, the Reboredo recreation area, also on the banks of the Mendo, is the ideal spot for taking a rest after your walk.

Birds of the Mariñas

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Andarríos chico
Scolopacidae
It is a small bird with fairly short legs and dark yellow feet.
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Common coalman
Paridae
It has yellow breast in contrast to the bluish tail and wings.
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Back common stone
Scolopacidae
It has a compact body, with its short legs, neck and beak. The legs have an intense orange coloration.
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Common correlimos
Scolopacidae
It is a medium-sized bird with a dark bill and legs.
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Martin common fisherman
Alcedinidae
Bright bluish green above, orange brown underneath.
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Curruca capirotada
Sylviidae
Curruca de tamaño medio, de aspecto robusto y de una tonalidad grisácea en general.
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European Robin
Turdidae
The plumage of the chest and face are orange.
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European aquatic mirlo
Cinclidae
Aquatic blackbirds are medium-sized plump birds, short tails and rather small wings.
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Common Zampullin
Podicipedidae
In the breeding season it has a bridal plumage in which the throat and neck stand out red, with a yellow spot on the membranous part of the base of the bill.
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Real Zarapito
Scolopacidae
The head of the Royal Zarapito is quite uniform in color.

Other places to visit:

Church of Nicolás de Cines, part of a monastery founded in the 9th – 10th centuries, which is no longer standing.

Tuberculosis sanatorium, designed by Rafael González Villar.

Useful telephone numbers and addresses:

Emergency services: 112
Oza-Cesuras Town Hall: 981 792 000