The salt marshes of Addaia and Fornells

The salt marshes
of Addaia and Fornells

The three salt marshes of Menorca: the salines of Addaia, the salines of la Conception and the salines Velles de Fornells have particular environmental characteristics. Around them we can find tamarind forests or wild plants such as Salicornia, refuge of a good number of birds. In the ponds, there is an accumulation of fish, molluscs and microorganisms that are part of the feed of a good number of birds, especially waders. It is an important step for spring migration of this group between April and June. Also important in the autumn migration between August and September.

Price per person: 50 €
Includes: Menorcan ornithologist guide (expert in birds and nature of Menorca), binoculars (if needed), group telescope and insurance.
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List of the most common birds in each season   

Winter: Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Great White Heron, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Marsh harrier, Spooted Crake, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Reed Bunting.

Summer: Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit, Nightingale, Reed Warbler, Woodchat Shrike sp. Badius

All year (resident birds): Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mallard, Gadwall, Osprey, Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle, Kentish Plover, Yellow-legged Gull, Hoopoe, Cetti’s Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler.

Spring or/and fall migration: Bittern, Spoonbill, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Flamingo, Garganey, Hen Harrier, Montagus Harrier, Honey Buzzard, Little Crake, Crane, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Great Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Stint, Temminck’s Stint, Ruff, Whimbrel, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Spotted redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper,  Mediterranean Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Whiskered Stern, Bee-eater, Roller, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, 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.