Mallorca has long been known as one of the best places in the Mediterranean for bird watching, especially in the north close to the resort of Puerto Pollensa (also known as Port de Pollença, Majorca). Twenty years ago it was the number one destination for birding holidays from both the UK and Germany and now in recent years it is established as a top destination again with thousands of visiting birdwatchers.
There are over 300 species recorded with 220 on a regular basis these do include however passing migrants. There also two endemic species being the Balearic Warbler and the Balearic Shearwater but also imagine an island in the spring where hundreds of Eleonoras Falcons arrive with a great selection of Herons in the north including both Purple Heron and Squacco as well as Little Bittern. Crossbills and Firecrest are common and in the mountains Blue Rock Thrush and Cirl Buntings. Mallorca has the only island breeding population of Black Vultures in the world and recently has a breeding population of Griffon Vultures.
Without doubt the best place to stay if you are birdwatching or walking is the fantastic Puerto Pollensa (having its own little reserve of La Gola) as well as the now opened visitors centre for bird tourism on the Island. Puerto Pollensa is situated near to the Albufera Marsh, Boquer Valley and Cap de Formentor as well as the now very popular S’Albufereta including the Can Currassa and also ideal for birding in the Tramuntana. There is no doubt the island is at its best during migrating times as birds make their final rest before completing their journey to breeding grounds or wintering grounds. A great site near Puerto Pollensa is the tower at Albercutx where thousands of migrating birds can be seen especially raptors with huge numbers of Honey Buzzards passing through.
This website is being developed to help all bird watchers visiting the Island to make the most of their stay by providing as much information on both birding and leisure as possible. We hope you will add value to the site by sharing information on your experience and most importantly posting your sightings on our bird forum.
This site and its sister site enjoymallorca.com provide information about bird sites and using our local knowledge we also provide information on where to stay in Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia. There are so many options from five star hotels to pension hostals. We also know and can recommend the very best local guides if you need some expert advice or wish to take photographs.
As well as this we provide good recommendations on some excellent places to eat in both Pollença and Alcudia. We can also put you in touch with local bird guides who will take you on a full day or half day guided tour which we personally recommend.
Public transport to most of the local sites is both cheap and regular and also some are within taxi distance so another option.
There are many highlights when visiting this stunning Island and a boat trip will give you amazing memories. These are available from both Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia as well as in the south to Cabrera and Dragonera.