Birdwatching Trails Menorca – 1/2 day

We present you our Birdwatching trails of 1/2 day. Knows the birds of Menorca in a simple and quiet way. Visit with us the main bird zones of the island.

Menorca Water Birds

Discover with us the most important wetlands of Menorca in every season. See waterfowl breeding, resting or hibernating in them: the Ferruginous Duck, the Pochard, the Little Bittern, the Squacco Heron, the Great White Heron, the Purple Heron, the Gadwall, the Garganey, the Little Crake, the Purple Gallinule, the Black-winged Stilt, the Curlew Sandpiper, the Wood Sandpiper, the Whiskered tern, the Great Reed Warbler…

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Steppe birds of Menorca

Many arid or agricultural areas of the island are the ideal place for some steppe birds as: the Thekla Lark, the Short-toed Lark, the Tawny Pipit or the Stone Curlew among others. The mosaic of habitats that the island offers, we can also see a variety of species from other environments such as the Red Kite, the Egyptian Vulture, the Cattle Egret, the Crane, the Red-footed Falcon, the Black-eared Wheatear or the Rock Thrush.

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Menorca Seabirds

Starting at sunset to watch the arrival at the coast of the shearwaters of Menorca. Every evening hundreds of Cory’s Shearwater and Balearic Shearwaters gather in front of the coast to reach their breeding grounds. A show that can be seen from early April to early July. During the trip we will also see other seabirds like the Shag or Audouin’s Gull, and a good number of species from the coastal areas of Menorca as the Peregrine, the Blue Rock Thrush or the Pallid Swift.

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The Egyptian vulture,
the wise vulture 

The Egyptian Vulture is the smallest European vulture and without a doubt, one of the ornithological stars of Menorca. Besides its beauty and stunning looks, the sedentary nature of the population Menorca stands out, unlike most European populations.
During this trip we visit some of the places frequented by this little vulture and know some of the birds that share the habitat with it like: the Booted Eagle, the Peregrine, the Alpine Swift, the Pallid Swift or the Firecrest among others.

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El Prat de Son Bou
and the ravine of Son Boter

El Prat de Son Bou is the biggest reed area of the island, habitat and refuge for a number of marsh birds such as the Purple Heron, the Little Bittern, the Purple Gallinule, the Moustached Warbler or the Penduline Tit. Part of its surface enters the lower zone of Son Boter ravine, whose walls are frequented by raptors such as the Booted Eagle, the Egyptian Vulture or the Red Kite among others. An ideal place for bird watching by the confluence of habitats as diverse as ravines, wooded areas, agricultural areas, wetlands, dune systems, beaches or even the sea.

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The Albufera des Grau

The Albufera des Grau is the largest wetland of Menorca, the epicenter of the only Natural Park. Thousands of waterfowl gather there for the winter. In spring, it is a must for many migrant species and breeding area for many others. There are many birds that can be seen: pochards, teals, herons, cormorants, grebes, passerines…

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The albufera of Es Mercadal and Lluriac

The Albufera of Es Mercadal and Lluriac are two different wetlands located north of the central area of Menorca. During the winter period they are home to a large number of waterfowl among which are lapwings, cormorants and ducks. There are also numerous migratory species calling at them during the migratory: Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Garganey, Red-rumped Swallow… The lagoon of Es Mercadal has become in recent years the biggest Menorcan aquatic nesting area with more aquatic species, among which are the Little Bittern, the Purple Herons, the Gadwall, the Pochard, the Red Crested Pochard, the Ferruginous Duck or the Moustached Warbler.

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The salt marshes of Addaia and Fornells

In Menorca we find three salt marshes, all located in the north of the island. The most important from the ornithological point of view are the salt marshes of Addaia, which are part of the natural park of the Albufera des Grau. The other two salt marshes, the Salines Noves or de la Conception and the Salines Velles are in the bay of Fornells. The three represent the perfect habitat for waders group, very varied during the migratory period. Also noteworthy are the herons or gulls, or birds such as the Osprey, the Shelduck, the Pintail, the Bee-eater or the Fan-tailed Warbler.

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What birds do you want to see?

We offer you the opportunity to see birds that you have never seen or would like to see again. Tell us what birds you want to see and we will help you find them. Want to see the Egyptian Vulture, the Osprey, the Little Bittern, the Purple Heron, Bee-eaters, the Moustached Warbler or the Spectacled Warbler? Do not worry, we’ll help you. Send us a list of the birds you want to see and we’ll arrange a solution for you.

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