Mallorca provides the best of the western Mediterranean's Spring migration magic and we will be visiting this beautiful island at the peak migration period, enjoying the fantastic weather, scenery and food that the region is famous for. Our one-centre holiday will be based at a lovely villa and is situated in a prime location to search for key species such as Black Vulture, Eleonora's Falcon, Balearic, Moltoni's and Moustached Warblers and the majestic Audouin's Gull, as well as a long list of northbound migrants that stop off to feed and rest up before continuing their journey. Our villa provides easy access to the main birding sites of S'Albufera National Park, Formentor Peninsula, Cuber Reservoir and a variety of other mountain, marshland and coastal migration hotspots, as well as visiting Spains answer to Fair Isle - the island of Cabrera. Amongst some superb possibilities we will also be searching for Balearic Woodchat Shrike, Balearic Spotted Flycatcher, Balearic Crossbill, crakes, shearwaters, warblers, and more! At this time of year virtually anything can happen!
This is the classic Mediterranean birding destination with fig groves reverberating to the sound of Common Nightingale song, splashes of colour from European Bee-eaters and Eurasian Hoopoes flashing across the country lanes, Booted Eagles and European Honey Buzzards streaming overhead in good numbers, a sprinkling of rarities and ending each day with a glass of wine or a cold beer at the villa listening to European Scops-Owls calling from the surrounding orchard. Our aim is to keep this as relaxed as possibile, with options for relaxing at the villa, combined with gentle walks and plenty of time to actually watch birds without racing around. It's going to be a great, fun time in the sun!
Saturday 1st May - Saturday 8th May 20201
Leader: Nick Bray
Ground Price: £1595.00 - Palma/Palma
Airfare: £80.00 - £120.00 (Approx) - UK/UK
Single supplement: £250.00
Group size: Minimum of 4 and maximum 10.
Included in cost: Accommodation in twin/single rooms en-suite throughout, all meals, bottled water, some drinks, transport, all reserve entrance fees, boat ride to Cabrera Island, and services of English-speaking guides.
Not included: International airfare, insurance, most drinks, tips and items of a personal nature.
Accommodation: We will be based at one of a couple of conveniently located properties/villas depending on group size, all of which have en-suite rooms and great facilities.
Tour Code: A relaxed birding tour for all levels of ability and fitness. Leisurely walking, very occasionally over moderately rough terrain, is the only physical requirement on most days. Most birding is done close to our vehicle, though we will need to walk to see some of the local specialities or explore some of the sites. The weather at this time of the year is generally warm, dry and pleasant although some showers could occur and would be great to find migrating species.
All photos copyright Zoothera Birding
Top left: Balearic Warbler
Top right: Audouin's Gull
Side Photo: Firecrest
Top row: Formentor Peninsula, Iberian Bluethroat, Firecrest, Balearic Warbler
Middle Row: Audouin's Gull, Scopoli's Shearwater, S'Albufera Nature Reserve, Formentor
Bottom row: Collared Pratincole, Glossy Ibis, European Scops Owl, Western Swamphen