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Birding Lisbon
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Parque das Nações
One of the most recent parts of Lisbon, the Parque das Nações area was built up at the place where Expo'98
took place. It lies in the eastern most part of Lisbon, close to the river Tagus.
Birds:
Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Turnstone, Pallid
Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Blackcap, House Sparrow, Serin,
Greenfinch, Goldfinch
Location
lies at the northeastern tip of
the city, close to Gare do
Oriente

Underground
Red Line (Oriente)

Buses
28, 44, 114, 750

Opening hours
does not close
(except the Cabeço das
Rolas garden, which opens
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Access
free of charge
The Parque das Nações streches along the river Tagus, from north to south.
For birding purposes, there are three areas of interest: north, centre and south.


Northern area
At the norther tip of Parque das Nações lies the Vasco da Gama tower (at present there are works going on
here, because a new hotel is being built). This plaqce is good to look for waterbirds, especially to the left side
of the tower (towards the bridge). During low tide, the estuarine muds are used by several waterbirds,
particularly gulls and herons. The surrounding areas hold some trees which are used by common garden
birds like the Greenfinch.

Further north lies
Parque do Tejo, most of which lies actually outside the Lisbon boundary.


Central area
This area lies close to the Oriente railway station. One of the interesting places here is the balcony of the
Vasco da Gama shopping centre, on the river side – here, the gulls are often attractyed by the remains of food
that is left on the tables and are partiularly tame here - they can often be watched at very close distance.

The dock of Olivais, where the Oceanário has been built, is often used by Cormorants and some gulls,
namely Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed.

Pallid Swifts are also frequent in spring around the Oriente railway station.


Southern area
Lies close to the Marina, where currently there are some works taking place.

Noteworthy is the Galp Tower, a huge building that is a relict leftover from the tome when this part of town was
totally occupied by heavy industry. A circular corridor allows visitors to get up to the second floor and get a view
of the surroundings. This tower is much appreciated by Pallid Swifts, which probably breed here and can
often be seen closely..

The nearby Cabeço das Rolas garden is a green patch on a hillside with grass and a few trees. It is a good
place for watching passerines - the most common being Blackbird, White Wagtail, Goldfinch and Greenfinch.
During spring and summer months, this place is used as a feeding area by Swallows, Martins and Swifts.
Autumn migration sometimes brings up less common migratory species, such as the Wheatear, the
Wryneck, the Pied Flycatcher and the Spotted Flycatcher.
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