Mallorca, like many other Mediterranean islands, is an ideal place to spot migrating birds between Europe and Africa. Spring and autumn are the best times for bird watching, ideal as the weather at this time is lovely for walking. The most vulnerable of the bird life in Mallorca are the Osprey and the Black Vulture, both of which live in the Tramuntana mountain range. The mountains are also home to Audouin’s Gull, Eleonora’s Falcon, Moustached Warbler and Marmora’s Warbler which are all quite rare.
The S’Albufera Natural Park
This has areas designed specifically to catch a glimpse of the most extensive range of migrating birds in the Mediterranean islands. The 1,646-hectare natural park includes a visitor's reception area, observation platforms and bird hides. Entrance to the park is free but it is advised to pick up a (free) permit from the park reception. Birds that you can see here include Woodchat Shrike, Fan-tailed Warbler, Night Heron, Crested Coot and Spotted Redshank.
Tramuntana Mountains - Lluc area
The steep, relatively inaccessible mountains provide a great refuge for birds of prey, including Black Vulture. Other birds found here are the Egyptian Vulture, Osprey, Booted Eagle, Falcons and Crossbill
La Gola - Puerto Pollença
This area of wetland is filled with water from the Gotmar and Sóller rivers that flow to the sea. The close proximity gives birds a quiet breather from travelling between S’Albufera and the Tramuntana mountains. A small exhibition here gives visitors a quick guide to the birdlife that travels overhead.
Boquer Valley - near Puerto Pollensa
Spring and Autumn is a fantastic time to take a walk here and look up to spot migrating birds, birds such as the Honey Buzzard, Black-eared Wheatear and Rock Thrush can all be seen here. Other birds that are more regular visitors are Ravens, Crag Martin and the Balearic Warblers.
Set in the Serra Llevant mountains, this coastal location attracts birds such as the Serin, Firecrest, Swift and Shearwaters. A popular walk to spot many birds is between the town of Artá through the Northeast coast to the peninsula at Cala Mitjana.
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