Sunday, 15 September 2013

Majorca 4th to 11th September.

Wednesday 4th

Arrived in Palma late morning and after finally picking the car up from OK car hire we decided to take the mountain route post Sollar. Now it was mid day and very hot so birds were few and far between and I had to watch the windy narrow roads. I did pick up Spotted Flycatcher, Kestrel, Booted Eagle Crossbill and a few Pallid Swift. We checked into our hotel at Lago Park Playa du Muro then moved onto Depuradora at S'Albufera Marsh. Here birds were Green Sand, Juv Little Stint, Hoopoe, Redstart, Marsh Harrier, Common Starlings x25, (one of the few places in Majorca you find em),Stonechat, Whinchat, Black Winged Stilt and finally Gadwall.  
Black winged stilt

Spotted Flycatcher

Little Stint

Thursday 5th

Woke up early and observation from my balcony were 25 Ravens came out of a Roost, Spot fly, Sardinian Warbler, Zitter, Cettis Warbler, both Little and Cattle Egret and a few Pallid Swift.
Today it was touristy stuff by travelling the east coves looking at the lovely harbors and small bays such as Cala Dor and Cala Mallor etc but from the car and in the bays I managed to see Red Kite, Theckla Lark, Yellow Legged Gull, Sardinian Warbler, Cettis Warblers, Firecrest, Kestrel and Woodchat Shrike.
Finished back at Depuradora S'Albufera where the new stuff were Yellow Wagtail, 2 Woodchat Shrike, a Wood Sandpiper, 8 Whinchat, Mallard, Great Tit and more Pallid Swift.

Spotted flycatcher

Woodchat Shrike 
Theckla Lark
 Friday 6th

Today was sort of a birding day up at Formentor Lighthouse still found this an amazing place with double figure Eleonora's Falcon, 4 Balearic Warbler always hard to find, Pied Fly, Blue Rock Thrush, Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, an amazing Melodious Warbler proves birds were moving  and Audouin's gull and Yellow Legged Gulls flew over.
Blue Rock Thrush

Melodious Warbler

Balearic Warbler

Pied Flycatcher
Back down the Valley, Firecrest showed well as did the Crossbill and our first Black Vulture. Crag Martin was a nice surprise.

Common Crossbill

We Stopped unexpectedly at the Boquar Valley, surprisingly a first for us with plenty of birdlife such as Serin 4 more Eleonora's,  3 Booted Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush and another Balearic Warbler.

Again finished at Depuradora for a night time watch hoping for Scops Owl but failing, did get Nightjar and Barn Owl, 60+ Cattle Egret and 15 Common Sand came to roost.

 Saturday 7th 

Started on my patch behind the Hotel but it was very disappointing and I only got eatern alive by Mosquitoes and saw no birds so I wont be bothering with that again.
Sightseeing/birding at Cubar Res another good spot I like, good birds such as 5 Black Vulture, 8 Griffon Vulture, 3 Tawny Pipit, 2 Short Toed Lark. 2 Showy Woodchat Shrike, a nice Peregrine, 2 Redstart, 3 Pied Fly, 2 Common Sand 2 surprise Garden Warbler, a couple more Booted Eagle and 4 Blackcap together again a sign of birds moving. Best bird of the day flew over but didn't sit for photos a male Cirl Bunting.
Common Kestrel

Tawny Pipit

Tawny Pipit 
Woodchat Shrike
We then did a tourist route down some amazing windy road to Sa Calobra. As it was such a bad road I couldn't do any birding and kept my eyes firmly fixed on the road.
Back home from the balcony Audouin's gull, Yellow Legged Gull, Kestrel, Mallard and Gadwall.

Sunday 8th

PROPER Birding today at S'Albufera, amazing amazing place best place on island first birds were the usual Night Herons, then nice views of a Little Bittern and Purple Heron.  A Moustache Warbler showed a few times and is usually a tough bird to connect with but the Egrets showed well as did the waders. Kentish Plover, Spotted Redshank, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff showed really well. An Osprey showed well as it sat in a old tree and Red knobbled Coot were plentyful from the bridge, another Purple Heron flew past and a nice Great White Egret flew past distantly.

Juv Night Heron

Juv Curlew Sandpiper

Juv Kentish Plover

Purple Swamphen

Little Stint



Black Winged Stilt

Squacco Heron

Red Knobbled Coot
We moved onto Son Real for the afternoon where we were able to spot 4 Wryneck and yet another Balearic WarblerAudouin's gull showed well from here too. Also a cracking looking Spider female Argiope lobata

Audouin's gull

female Argiope lobata

female Argiope lobata

Monday 9th.

Monday morning we started off walking around Alcudia tourist stuff but after this we nipped into S'Albufereta another  new reserve, small with not a great deal here but a few Swallowtail butterfly's.

Swallowtail Butterfly

On the main reserve the Great White Egret was showing distantly, not sure how to get close to this pool without traipsing through peoples fields but maybe that's what you do, we decided to scope from the road anyway.
We Moved onto Campanet Caves a lovely spot to have lunch with more Swallowtails and amazing I picked up the calls of distant Bee eaters whilst eating lunch then 30-40 flew over our heads showing really well but they never did sit.


Bee Eater

After some more tourist stuff I nipped to Depuradora again for the night still hoping for Scops Owl but still nothing. Nightjar again and the usual Egrets and Stone Curlews calling. Usual Stuff here too.




Stone Curlew

Cattle Egret

Little Ringed Plover

Kentish Plover

Woodchat Shrike

Night Heron

Curlew Sandpiper

Little egret

Cattle Egret

Tuesday 10th

Tourist stuff in the morning so I was able to nip back to S'Albufera which was brrrrrilliant again, my first bird walking down the track was a Great Reed Warbler, another Purple Heron flew over and then after that the usual but really good stuff. Extra good birds though were a single Glossy Ibis, I found this on the furthest part of the reserve and it was into the sun but I could still see it was a Glossy Ibis. On the walk back it was quite late now I spotted a Great White Egret drop into an area in front of the Bishop 2  hide so legged it back to that hide and on the way spotting a very confiding Juv Woodchat Shrike, so took a couple of shots and carried on. Hot and Sweaty I reached the hide and slowly opened the flap there was the Great White Egret showing really well brilliant.  Then I spotted my next quarry a Marbled Duck. Last bird of the day in the darkness of the path a really showy Nightingale, hopping around my feet. I had to keep moving away from it to try digiscope it, unsuccessfully though.
Little Stint

Purple Swamphen

Black winged Stilt

Cattle Egret

Little Egret


Marble Duck

Spotted Redshank

Great White Egret

Wednesday 11th

Last day booo but as our flight wasn't till 9pm we had all day on the Island. So started back on Formentor Lighthouse. Willow Warblers were everywhere for a short while as were Pied Fly and a few Chiffchaff. Eleonora's put on a good show again and the Pallid Swift showed much better. The Balearic Warblers were still present as was the Blue Rock Thrush

Managed to do a bit of a Seawatch and spotted 6 Balearic Shearwaters to start then 30+ Scopoli’s Shearwaters and a Dolphin lifted its tail out the water and was probably feeding on the same stuff the Shearwaters were eating. I then spotted the bird of the day a Juv Greater Flamingo flew past the point how weird.
Dolphin and Scopoli's Shearwater

Scopoli's Shearwater

From here we moved RIGGGHT down south to Ses Salines where there were a good mixture of waders, Curlew Sand, loads Little Stint adult and juvs, Grey Plover, Avocet and 234 Greater Flamingo.

Greater Flamingo

Onto Cap De Salines where we had lunch and sat watching the Scopoli’s Shearwaters at much closer range as they followed the fishing boats, at the same time listening to more Bee eaters flying over. Travelling to the airport we stopped at some cliffs and watched another Eleonora's falcon then last bird of the day in Palma a Peregrine chasing the feral pigeons. All in all a bloody great holiday with a good mix of birding and tourist stuff, Just hope I can afford to go again next year. Remember to click pics to enlarge.

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