The Ivars lake is a large lagoon located 2 hours drive from Barcelona, in the heart of the Lleida cereal plain. It is a fresh watered lake coming from an endorheic origin, restored in 2005, and has a surface area of 126 ha, being the biggest lake in the inner region of Catalonia in terms of dimension. More info at www.estanyivarsvilasana.cat/ Moreover, the dry fields surrounding or near the lake provide an apportunity to search for some characteristic steppe-land birds, so you do not mind getting up early in the morning to enjoy a great full-day birding trip, that is the one! Do not recommended in Summer due to hot weather. Outstanding birds:
All year: Red-legged Partridge, White Stork, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Crested, Thekla and Calandra Larks, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Penduline Tit and Iberian Grey Shrike.
Breeding season: Little Bittern, Squacco and Purple Herons, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Red-rumped Swallow, Reed and Great Reed Warblers and Woodchat Shrike.
Winter: Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Lapwing and Snipe.