Steppe birds of Menorca

Steppe birds of Menorca

Farms and arid coastal areas are a great place for a multitude of species that find here enough food or breeding, resting or wintering place. The continuous changes suffered by the island’s agricultural areas throughout the year offer the opportunity to observe a varied and nurtured number of birds, among which are the entire steppe birds of the island. Arid areas near the coast are also a great place to observe this group of birds. In this trip these two environments are combined in order to detect the largest number of possible species, some of which are not present in other habitats.

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: Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Crane, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Short-eared Owl, Alpine Accentor, Black Redstart, Starling, Brambling, Serin, Siskin, Reed Bunting.

Summer: Turtle Dove, Nightjar, Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Short-toed Lark, Tawny Pipit, Spectacled Warbler, Woodchat Shrike sp. Badius.

All year (resident birds): Cattle Egret, Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle, Stone Curlew, Barn owl, Scops owl, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Fan-tailed Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotless Starling, Corn Bunting.

Spring or/and fall migration: Black Stork, White Stork, Black Kite, Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier,  Honey Buzzard, Short-toed Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Eleonora’s Falcon, Crane, Roller, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Black-eared Wheatear, Wheatear, Red Rock Thrush, Whitethroat, Subalpine Warbler, Golden Oriole, Reed Bunting.

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.