The Albufera des Grau
The albufera des Grau
The Albufera des Grau is the largest wetland of Menorca. It gives name to the only natural park on the island, the Natural Park of Albufera des Grau, created in 1995. The natural wealth that it holds is as wide as interesting and heterogenic. It occupies an area of 72.5 ha. Find diverse plant communities develop on it, some totally or partially submerged and others temporarily flooded.
It is the main wintering area on the island for a multitude of ducks, coots, cormorants, herons and grebes, also a mandatory stop for a number of migratory birds and breeding area for many waterfowl and many passerines.
Price per person: 50 €
Includes: Menorcan ornithologist guide (expert in birds and nature of Menorca), binoculars (if needed), group telescope and insurance.
Maximum Groups: 6 people (bigger groups please consult)
List of the most common birds in each season
Winter: Black-necked Grebe, Great White Heron, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Marsh Harrier, Spooted Crake, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, Wryneck, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Moustached Warbler, Penduline Tit, Reed Bunting.
Summer: Night Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit, Nightingale, Reed Warbler, Woodchat Shrike sp. badius.
All year (resident birds): Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mallard, Gadwall, Red-crested Pochard, Osprey, Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Peregrine, Booted Eagle, Water Rail, Purple Gallinule, Hoopoe, Cetti’s Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler.
Spring or/and fall migration: Bittern, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Garganey, Hen harrier, Montagus Harrier, Honey Buzzard, Eleonora’s Falcon, Little Crake, Crane, Avocet, Grey Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Stint, Temminck’s Stilt, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Whiskered Tern, Roller, Red-rumped Swallow, Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler, Golden Oriole.
• Most of winter and summer birds can also be seen during the spring and/or fall migration. It is also possible to watch other species not strictly associated with wetlands.