Bird´s route: Carregal River

Close to the Río Mandeo Ethnography Centre in Teixeiro (Curtis), the riverside walk along the banks of the River Carregal takes us through a leafy wood that is home to numerous species of birds that frequent this habitat. In addition to the Alder, Oak and Willow Trees, this is a superb example of the region’s typical countryside, formed by a succession of meadows where livestock graze, hedgerows and small woods.

Ornithological interest

After visiting the Río Mandeo Ethnography centre, your walk will be accompanied by the constant activity among the branches of Great and Coal Tits, Eurasian Blue Tits, Thrushes, Blackbirds, Treecreepers, Robins, Eurasian Blackcaps, Firecrests, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Common Chaffinches, Common Buzzards, Common Wood Pigeons and Eurasian Jays. As you walk along the riverbank, keep an eye out for the Grey Wagtail. With luck, you will also be able to spot the Eurasian Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk and Goshawk, and in spring the Eurasian Hobby, Honey Buzzard or Eurasian Hoopoe. The Hawk-owl sings at dusk or after dark, accompanied from early spring by the Cuckoo, a less common sight in the rest of the region, as well as the Dove or Iberian Chiffchaff. In winter, the meadows nestling above the river provide a home for Pipits, and are occasionally visited by Lapwings, Fieldfares and Redwings. In summer you can Spot Swifts and Swallows in flight. If you are visiting in August or September, look among the trees for the European pied Flycatcher or the Willow Warbler.

Phenology

Any time of year is perfect for visiting this area.

What to see

After leaving your car in the Centre’s free car park, the route starts at the information panel indicating the sites of interest. We strongly recommend visiting the Río Mandeo Ethnography Centre, which offers a fascinating insight into the history and lives of the people that live in this area. After walking round the building, which received an award for its superb architecture, a path will lead you down to the banks of the River Carregal. It leads in both directions to the N-634 road (in a south-west direction) and Generoso Núñez Rega Street (towards the north-west), which are both just a short distance away.

Getting there, accessibility and recommendations

The Río Mandeo Ethnography Centre is within easy reach of Teixeiro town centre, where there is a regular bus service from A Coruña.

Resources

Curtis town council website includes further information to help you organise your trip: http://www.curtis.gal/index.php/es/que-ver-es/centro-etnografico-del-mandeo

Nearby sites of ornithological interest

The Río Mandeo Ethnography Centre is within easy reach of Teixeiro town centre, where there is a regular bus service from A Coruña.

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 Nosa Señora dos Remedios (10th century). Next to the temple stands the 'Carballo da Nosa Señora', a huge ancient Oak Tree where Our Lady of Los Remedios is said to have appeared.

Useful telephone numbers and addresses:

For details of bus times, call A Coruña bus station on 981 184 335.
Emergency services: 112
Curtis Town Hall: 981 789 003
Río Mandeo Ethnography Centre: 981 789 589