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This might be Mallorca’s ‘rising star’ where reserves are concerned, a mixture of arable farmland, heather and rosemary heath, woodland, and undeveloped coastline that has already recorded great birds, but also has the potential for many more to be discovered, as more and more birders use it. Situated south of C’an Picafort, just off the road to Arta, it is well-known as a site for warblers, with Sardinian and Dartford Warblers, both to be found in the scrubby areas close to the coast. Their close relative, the Balearic Warbler, is the real prize, though, and although they can be very shy and skulking, especially as the summer wears on, good numbers are present, with the area around the viewing tower particularly productive. Getting familiar with their song and calls is a must to give yourself the best chance of finding them, and they’ve been known to respond well to ‘pishing’. Audouin’s Gull is another target here, along the shore, where small numbers of Kentish Plovers can also be found in spring and summer. The resident species include Stone-curlew, Thekla Lark and Hoopoe in the arable land, supplemented by Woodchat Shrike, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatears, pipits (including Tawny) and a variety of passage migrants in spring, while in winter finch flocks arrive (and keep an eye out for Hawfinches), along with Song Thrushes. Above all, this is a rewarding but easy site to birdwatch at, close to the resort of C’an Picafort. The paths are accessible and over easy terrain, and you can get satisfyingly close to the target species. An early start is a good idea, as the beach in particular can get busy later in the day. Son Real has a preserved traditional Mallorcan farmhouse, containing exhibitions on the history and culture of the island – make sure you make a visit while you’re there GETTING THERE The 445/446 bus services run past the reserve, but it is also within easy walking or cycling reach of C’an Picafort itself. There is a car park on site, at the visitor centre and toilets.
VITAL INFORMATION April-september, 10am-7pm; October-march: 10am-5pm; reception is open from 10am-4pm; exhibitions open from 10am-5pm Tel: +34 971 185 363 enjoymallorca.com/alcudia mallorcabirdwatching.com/sonreal email@example.com Audouin’s Gull is a beautiful bird, largely restricted to the Mediterranean and especially its islands You’ll be able to spot many beautiful birds from the viewing platform
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