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Migrant Birds of Menorca

When it comes to bird watching, the island of Menorca should be at the top of any wildlife enthusiast’s list. Its location between Europe and Africa places it directly inside the migratory paths of countless species of birds. In addition, Menorca’s status as a UNESCO protected biosphere reserve means that these birds have plenty of places to roam.

S’Albufera Natural Park

From gorges to salt marshes, Menorca’s varied landscape supports an incredible range of bird life. If you’re looking for the best places to spot Menorca’s winged wildlife, try a few of these spots, well-known to birding fans. Keep in mind that the best time to spot migratory birds in Menorca will be during spring and summer, but there is a wealth of wildlife all year round.

Algendar Gorge

In the south of Menorca, gorges formed by running water have cut through the massive limestone plateau between Ferreries and Cala Galdana.  This wild landscape may be difficult to traverse in places, but birders will be rewarded with a stunning diversity of wildlife. Herons, buzzards, and booted eagles thrive here, along with kites, kestrels, and an astonishing array of butterflies.

Salinas de Montgofre

Inside S’Albufera Natural Park near the fishing village of Es Grau on the northeastern coast, these old salt flats are a peaceful place to catch sight of migratory birds like flamingos, herons, martins, and much more. Salt flats form when a body of water evaporates, leaving salts and minerals behind. The salt flats are accessed via a public bridleway that cuts through a private estate, so be respectful of the land around you.

El Prat de Son Bou

Son Bou, on Menorca’s southern coast, is home to Menorca’s longest beach (stretching some 3 kilometres), but also has some excellent bird watching in its wetland areas. El Prat de Son Bou consists of some one hundred acres of reed and cattail-filled wetlands, ideal for catching a glimpse of the purple heron or sand martins in the Spring.

Staying in Menorca

If you’re planning a bird watching trip to Menorca, you have plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. We have several properties in Cala Galdana and Son Bou, conveniently located near some of the island’s best spots for observing. Get in touch to discuss how we can help make your bird watching trip the best it can be.

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