A few images to follow whilst it is still the month of May...just!!
I had once again booked a days guided birding/wildlife with Javier of http://menorcawalkingbirds.com/en/ I can highly recommend him for a good days birding and also the Menorcan picnic he brings along for lunch! It consists of Menorcan bread, cheese, cold meats, tomatoes, fruit and biscuits, I can taste it now, delicious! :-)
The highlights species seen on the day were: (as encountered on the day) Corn Bunting, Thekla Lark, Tawny Pipit, Booted Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Honey Buzzard x2, Kestrel, Collared Pratincole x2, Blue Rock Thrush, Red-Footed Falcon, Short-toed Eagle, Red Kite, White Wagtail, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Squacco Heron, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Redshank, Coot, Mallard, Black-winged Stilt, Little Egret, Raven, Woodpigeon, Blackbird , Marsh Harrier, Peregrine falcon, Collared Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, Cory's Shearwater, Shag, Woodchat Shrike, Turtle Dove x3, Nightingale and Cetti's Warbler heard only, Spotless starling, Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Roller, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail and a visit to a breeding colony of Cattle Egrets was a good sight and sound! We were told it get's quite noisy when the chicks have hatched!
Can you spot the sheep?
It took me quite a while to notice them, they have a good camouflage!
Blue Rock Thrush
Wonderful views were enjoyed of the sea and cliffs.
The 3 Shags were on the rock in the centre of the above photo.
Red-footed Falcon! A lifer!
A Red-veined Darter.
The view was from a viewing point called El Toro (The Bull). A wonderful vista!
Marshland where the Herons were sighted, good scope views were enjoyed of the Purple and Squacco Herons.
3 Turtle Doves, another Lifer!
Speckled Wood butterfly.
Orchid, I believe it to be a Pyramidal.
Nightingales were to be heard singing in many areas. The one in the photo came out from under cover for a few seconds as walked along a Gorge. Another Lifer and a little beauty! Magic!!!
I shall end this half of the trip report with a Spotted Flycatcher that posed for me.
The next instalment will be posted shortly..well I am aiming for within a week, we shall see.
Thank you for viewing.