The albufera of Es Mercadal and Lluriac

The albufera of Es Mercadal and Lluriac

The Albufera of Es Mercadal, also known as Prat de Son Saura, and Lluriac wetland, are two of the main wetlands of the island, not in size, but as far as biodiversity is concerned. Both host throughout the year a large number of aquatic species: ducks, herons, cormorants, coots, grebes, waders…
The agricultural and forest surrounding them also offer the opportunity to observe birds not strictly from humid environments like the Egyptian vulture, the Red-footed Falcon, the Black Stork or the Golden Oriole.

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: Great White Heron, Spoonbill, Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted duck, Marsh Harrier, Spooted Crake, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Black-headed gull, Kingfisher, Wryneck, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Penduline Tit, Reed Bunting.

Summer: Night heron, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Turtle Dove, Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit, Nightingale, Reed Warbler, Great reed Warbler, Woodchat Shrike sp. badius.

All year (resident birds):  Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mallard, Gadwall, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Osprey, Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Peregrine, Booted Eagle, Water rail, Purple Gallinule, Hoopoe, Cetti’s Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Moustached warbler, Sardinian Warbler.

Spring or/and fall migration: Bittern, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Garganey, Hen Harrier, Montagus Harrier, Honey Buzzard, Little Crake, Crane, Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Stint, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Spotted redshank, Whiskered Tern, Roller, Red-rumped Swallow, Whinchat, Subalpine 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.