Saturday, 22 September 2018

Majorca 17th to 21st September 2018

17th September
Flew into Palma on the Monday early afternoon and after a long wait picking up the hire car from Record and Go (although more like take ya money and make ya wait!!!) we headed for lunch at the Campanet Caves, a favorite of ours as it has stunning views and we are always surrounded by birds.
Firecrest, Spotted Flycatchers, Booted Eagles, Red Kites, a Black Vulture and a few Humming-bird Hawkmoths.

On arriving out our hotel the Lagotel, we were delighted to be in the same room as previous visits (after a request) which has amazing views of the S Albufera Marsh's. Getting the scope out i could see Osprey, Stone Curlew, Purple Heron and Marble Teal just to name a few. A Dark Eleonora's had a go at taking a Greenshank strangely.

Nipped over to the Son Bosc Deck at the Sewage treatment plant as i do a few times each visit for an hour before tea to see our first Hoopoes, Glossy Ibis, more Stone Curlew (23), a Woodchat Shrike, Pied Flycatcher and Fan tailed Warblers.

Tuesday 18th
It was a fairly limited trip due to it being only 5 days 4 when you loose getting here and back but Son Real was on our short list of things to do. It was noticeably quiet but Woodchat Shrike more Hoopoes a calling Wryneck and a couple of Common Redstarts.
Down on the beach Thekla Lark, Shag, a Stone Curlew, Audouin's Gulls and Kentish Plover.

Then in the afternoon we had a walk to the old hotel in the Cala Boquer Valley as there had been loads of thunderstorms and i thought this may have dropped a load of migrants in, unfortunately it hadn't and it was very quiet. We then spent the rest of the day at Alcudia market.

Wednesday 19th
Already!!! Again we wanted to go somewhere a little different so headed to Lluc monastery, spectacular place, just loved the whole area. We started by walking some of the hill and we reached a clearing just as 12 Griffon Vultures took flight, wonderful sight.

A Booted Eagle joined them for a short time, great landing lights showing in this picture.

We spent all day here catching up with more Wrynecks, loads of Crossbill and what felt like hundreds of Firecrest. Our first Crag Martins here too. The grounds of the Monastery were filled with history, what a place.

After spending most of the day here we left a little time before tea for the Son Bosc Deck again. A couple of Whinchats and a Nightingale were the only new birds added.
Back at the hotel 2 Spoonbills had dropped in and our first Greater Flamingos (4)

Thursday 20th
The Flamingos were still about but only 3 now.

So today we headed for one of our favorite places Formentor Lighthouse, we left it a little late which made it very busy and before we left it was literally heaving with cars and there occupants. Anyway we manged several Eleonora's Falcons, a couple of Peregrines and many Pallid Swifts. 2 Balearic Warblers were a nice bonus. Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush were new for the trip. Record shot of a Pallid swift.

As the crowds had descended on us we got out of there earlier than hoped but i ended the afternoon at the S Albufera Marsh's. Love the place and never get to cover the whole area due to lack of time and its such a big place. Anyway Night Herons were great and a new hide by the VC was a bonus. Good views of Waders, Gulls and Ducks.
Moving onto Sa Roca and Es Ras hides i did some digiscoping of the regulars such as the Black-winged Stilts, Little Egrets and Purple Swamphens also the Glossy Ibis. The light was great.

Moved onto the bridge where the Red Knobbed Coots always hang out, they were the wrong side of the bridge for pics but it was still great to see them.

Moved onto the Es Cibollar1 hide where it was great to see the Flamingos had dropped in and were much closer than from the hotel. There was too much water for there to be anything else of note. One Flamingo was ringed from the Catalan region. coded X/sch.

Further round to Es Cibollar 2 hide the Osprey was showing nicely as were many Greenshank, Green Sandpipers and Spotted Redshanks. A Kingfisher landed close but i didn't spot it till it was too late and it flew.

Headed back to the new hide at the VC where a couple of Stone Curlews showed nicely. A single Lapwing was a sign of Winter.
It was getting late now and I needed to head back for tea but the Night Herons were getting restless as i walked back to the car.

Friday 21st
Last day already so we stayed around the hotel until check out time but 9 Flamingos now, 9 Marble Teal too also the Osprey still. Another sign of winter 40+ European Starlings. That was really about it. On the whole it felt like bird numbers were down and i missed many species i would normally get easily in September, but i can put some of it down to having less time on the Island and going to fewer places. Still had a great time and next year its definitely a Saturday to Saturday trip.

Only 97 Species but hay i enjoyed the whole experience once again.

List here.....

Majorca Species list September 2018

1 Common Shelduck
2 Gadwall
3 Eurasian Teal
4 Mallard
5 Garganey
6 Northern Shoveler
7 Marbled Duck
8 Common Pochard
9 Red-legged Partridge
10 Little Grebe
11 Great Cormorant
12 European Shag
13 Black-crowned Night Heron
14 Cattle Egret
15 Little Egret
16 Grey Heron
17 Purple Heron
18 Glossy Ibis
19 Eurasian Spoonbill
20 Greater Flamingo
21 Red Kite
22 Griffon Vulture
23 Cinereous Vulture
24 Western Marsh Harrier
25 Booted Eagle
26 Osprey
27 Common Kestrel
28 Eleonora's Falcon
29 Peregrine Falcon
30 Water Rail
31 Common Moorhen
32 Purple Swamphen
33 Eurasian Coot
34 Red-knobbed Coot
35 Black-winged Stilt
36 Pied Avocet
37 Eurasian Stone-curlew
38 Little Ringed Plover
39 Common Ringed Plover
40 Kentish Plover
41 Northern Lapwing
42 Sanderling
43 Ruff
44 Common Snipe
45 Common Sandpiper
46 Green Sandpiper
47 Spotted Redshank
48 Common Greenshank
49 Wood Sandpiper
50 Black-headed Gull
51 Audouin's Gull
52 Yellow-legged Gull
53 Common Wood Pigeon
54 Eurasian Collared Dove
55 Common Swift
56 Pallid Swift
57 Common Kingfisher
58 European Bee-eater
59 Hoopoe
60 Eurasian Wryneck
61 Thekla Lark
62 Sand Martin
63 Eurasian Crag Martin
64 Barn Swallow
65 Common House Martin
66 Yellow Wagtail
67 Winter Wren
68 Common Nightingale
69 Common Redstart
70 Whinchat
71 European Stonechat
72 Northern Wheatear
73 Blue Rock Thrush
74 Common Blackbird
75 Cetti's Warbler
76 Zitting Cisticola
77 Balearic Warbler
78 Sardinian Warbler
79 Eurasian Blackcap
80 Common Chiffchaff
81 Common Firecrest
82 Spotted Flycatcher
83 European Pied Flycatcher
84 Coal Tit
85 Eurasian Blue Tit
86 Great Tit
87 Woodchat Shrike
88 Western Jackdaw
89 Northern Raven
90 Common Starling
91 House Sparrow
92 Common Chaffinch
93 European Serin
94 European Greenfinch
95 European Goldfinch
96 Common Linnet
97 Cirl Bunting

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Booted Warbler and a possible future move

Im pretty sick and bored of the patch right now, patch moral is at an all time low. I need to find something and soon.
Anyway locally a Booted warbler was a great find for young Josh but as ive a new job in Ipswich days have been long and i couldn't get there the first day. i did manage to leave Ipswich a little earlier on Friday so was on site for about six. The Booted showed soon after arriving but never showed well enough for very long. I did manage a couple of Record Digiscoped shots.

So ive changed jobs, well a promotion at work actually but as the head office is in Ipswich Im now working from there. The travelling will probably become too much on a daily basis from Corton so sooner rather than later im going to have to move. Dont really want too but im loosing more and more of the patch to greedy developers and greedy selfish landowners. So thats making my decision to move a little easier. Anyway ive been looking around and Hollesley seems to fit the bill, with a good patch and easy walking to the coast and amazing birding all around. So we had a look at a house today which was very tempting but more importantly wandered the area looking at some good birding areas. Yellow Wagtail and a showy Wheatear at East lane just down the road.

Then my first trip to Landgaurd point, what a great area with great potential. Wryneck and Whinchat on the point but illusive but this Juv Golden Plover wasnt.

So now its a case of watch this space for further developments.