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Birdwatching


Buskett is arguably the most important wooded area in the Maltese Islands. Located at 220m above sea level, it provides a fine view over the northern and eastern half of the island. For this reason, it attracts many migrant birds, most of all from the raptor variety. The reason for this is that it combines an area of relatively high land (ideal for the formations of thermals) with a sheltered and reasonably safe roosting place. The highest numbers of raptors can be observed during the Autumn months.

The most common birds that can be observed are the Marsh Harrier, Honey Buzzard, Osprey, Kestrel, Lesser Kestrel and Hobby. If you’re lucky, you might also spot the Short-toed Eagle, Black Kite, Montagu's and Pallid Harriers, Common and Steppe Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Eleonora's Falcon. A few special species can also be seen on rare occasions, and these include the Egyptian Vulture, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Saker, Merlin and Red-footed Falcon (which is common in Spring). The best time to observe the birds is in the late afternoon, as they start to lower towards the trees to find a suitable roosting place. Of course other birds which are considered more common may be easily seen; the most evident being the Bee-eaters, Turtle Dove, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, various Hirundines, Swifts and Wheatears. Depending on various factors like the weather, a multitude of various migrants can be observed, including flocks of Herons as well as the rare Black Stork.

This trip is ideal for professional bird watchers as well as amateurs that want to spend some time enjoying the beauties of wildlife in Malta together with our bird ID experts.

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