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Viñales - Northern Ponds

Pinar del Rio  >  Cuba

The fishponds and little reservoires in the north of the city of Viñales are worth a look, when you are staying in town.

Added* by Paul Poletajew
Most recent update 1 March 2022

Description

At the Northern Ponds in Viñales there's a chance to see aquatic birds such as Anhinga, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Green Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Great Blue Heron without going on a trip to the sea. Also you can do it while a nice and scenic walk around the outskirts of the beautiful small city of Viñales.

Details

Access

You can access the area by feet or by bike. Although i would recommend the free Maps.me-App for navigation. As there are many little paths of the farmers, that are a bit confusing.

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Agriculture , Mud flats , Grassland , Plateau , Plain , Mountain , Scattered trees and bushes

Conditions

Open landscape

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

Winter

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Winter , Spring

Route

Wide path , Paved road , Unpaved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

There are no signs or other hints for the right way, so it is recommended to use GPS or ask the locals. The nearby Cueva de la Vaca is also a nice place to go, also if you are interested in bats. Around the both entrances it is also possible to look for Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Pygmy-Owl, and warblers.

View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces

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Top 5 birds

Cuban Solitaire
4. Cuban Solitaire
(Myadestes elisabeth)
Least Grebe
5. Least Grebe
(Tachybaptus dominicus)

Other birds you can see here

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt
(Himantopus mexicanus)
Solitary Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
(Tringa solitaria)
Cuban Pygmy-Owl
Cuban Pygmy-Owl
(Glaucidium siju)

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