Thursday, February 18, 2016

Correcting a mistake and an uncommon winter bird

A guest/friend who did not leave his/her name has pointed a mistake I've done when identifying a plant in a Wild Flowers post. The flowers that I showed as Allium Triquetrum is not that plant. Despite it is very similar in appearance, the real Allium Triquetrum is this one

In Spain where we tend to assign dramatic or religious (or both) names to many things, we call this plant 'Lagrimas de la Virgen Maria' Virgin Mary's Tears. The plant belongs to the same genus as onions and garlic.

I saw this bird yesterday evening in a flooded meadow close to Lluriach. According to Javier from Menorca Walking Birds, it might be a Glossy Ibis, which is rare in Menorca.

Glossy Ibis Plegadis Falcinellus in Menorca

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tirant Nou

Tirant nou is a 200 hectares agricultural and livestock farm located north of Menorca, near the port of Fornells. They have about 60 Minorcan race cows for breed and producing milk and they make, process and market their own artisan cheese, which is very tasty.

The stunning farm house, which looks like a fortress, built in the eighteenth century is over a rocky with beautiful views of the bay.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


In an extremely windy day in which a power failure has left most of the village of Es Castell without electricity, it well worth going out to get some fresh air ...

The Tramontana is a katabatic wind, which is a wind that blows off a mountain system due to the cool denser air at altitude in the mountains sinking, and funnelling off into the coast. Tramontana winds rush down the Pyrenees and crosses the Mediterranean and so, the Balearics. Menorca is particullarly exposed to that wind.

Although these winds are mainly in winter, sometimes they occur in spring and even summer. For those who we like them it is a real spectacle, approaching to the coast to perceive their strength

Sa Mesquida

Cala Tirant
 Brave surfers cant resist the call of the waves.
Cap de Cavallería, on the Horizon.