Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1499

Deposit:

500

Single Room Supplement:

300

Tour Code:

Leisurely with optional early morning starts

Group Size:

Eight plus leader

Sardinian Warbler Honey Buzzard Western Subalpine Warbler Collared Pratincloe Yellow Wagtail ssp. Iberiae Mediterranean Flycatcher Stone Curlew Western Swamphen Black Vulture Booted Eagle Scopoli's Shearwater

Mallorca and Cabrera - Balearic Birding in Autumn

Date: 20th - 27th September 2019
Leaders: Jason Moss

Introduction

 

 

Eleanora's Falcon

 

At Oriole Birding, we take pride in the fact that our Mallorca birding holidays have always been a bit different from the rest, and we continue to pursue this ethos. Our new autumn migration holiday is based from a wonderful Agrotourism hotel on a working ecological estate in the north of the island. Aside from the accommodation being absolutely fabulous, the grounds in which we will be staying are excellent for birding, meaning that the birding starts right on our doorstep, be it on a pre-breakfast wander or a walk after dinner! Being based at such a well-appointed site surrounded by Mallorcan countryside and mountains, we can really take advantage of the birding opportunities which abound here. Our holiday offers a relaxed pace, excellent birding and a true taste of what this tried and tested birding destination has to offer during the less well-watched peak of autumn migration. This tour is designed to operate at a relaxed pace, as we spend our days visiting some of the best birding sites on the island and our evenings enjoying a beer or glass of wine over dinner and checklist, all this to the sound of calling Stone Curlews and European Scops Owl around our gardens! An excellent destination to cut your European birding teeth, the island offers unrivalled opportunities for studying migrant birds, but also has its own list of specialities such as Eleonora’s Falcon, Balearic Warbler, Moltoni's Warbler [newly split from the Subalpine Warbler complex], Mediterranean Flycatcher [newly split from Spotted], Balearic & Scopoli's Shearwaters, Audouin's Gull, Black Vulture, Thekla Lark, Moustached Warbler and the Balearic form of Woodchat Shrike. Very special features of this holiday are the visits we make to the islands of Cabrera and Dragonera; both premier sights in Spain for observing migration. We will spend a night on the beautiful Cabrera, allowing us to really soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful archipelago, while also putting us in the best position for observing migration. Raptors including Honey Buzzards can pass in large numbers at this time of year, funnelling south to this remote set of islands, while the islands track record for attracting rarities is unparalleled anywhere else in Spain. Being able to enjoy both an evening and early morning at a relaxed pace here means we stand a good chance of finding our own migrants including European Bee-eaters, hirundines, pipits, wagtails, flycatchers, shrikes and buntings, whilst enjoying the impressive breeding colonies of Elenora’s Falcons. Dragonera is also famous as a hotspot for migration, and our day trip here will hopefully produce a variety of migrants, while we will also hope to enjoy the breeding Ospreys, Eleonora’s Falcons and Balearic Warblers. The Albufera Marsh is excellent for its many species of heron, egrets and various waders, and also specialities such as Red-knobbed Coot, Marbled Teal, Western Swamphen and Moustached Warbler. The terrain is mostly easy and you can expect to walk approximately five kilometres per day. You can expect to see approximately 120 species.

 

 

 

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