MALLORCA 14-20 APRIL 1997

James J. Packer* & James R. Diamond

james.packer@somersetbirder.co.uk

Little Grebe

Singles at S'albufera throughout; 1 at Albufereta on 20th.

Cory's Shearwater

At least 5, close to shore at Alcudia on 14th; at least 20 around Formentor lighthouse on 18th.

Mediterranean Shearwater

At least 50, Alcudia on 14th; about 20 around Fomentor lighthouse on 18th.

Cormorant

Singles, Porto Colom on 17th; Pto. Pollensa on 18th-19th; Albufereta on 20th.

Shag

6, Porto Colom on 17th; three, Pto. Pollensa on 18th-20th.

Little Bittern

A male from Bishop 1 hide (S' albufera) on 15th; a female S' albufera on 19th.

Night Heron

At least 16 roosting in pines at entrance to S' albufera throughout; 4, Bishop 1 hide on 19th; 2-3 flew over Pto. Pollensa at dusk on 19th.

Squacco Heron

Single immatures at S' albufera on 15th, 18th, 20th.

Cattle Egret

Present at S' albufera throughout, with a maximum of about 10 on 15th.

Little Egret

Recorded at many locations, possibly up to 40 at S' albufera. Many small groups of up to 10 flying

over Alcudia.

Grey Heron

Small numbers, perhaps up to 5-10 at S' albufera.

Purple Heron

Abundant at S'albufera, often out in the open; 2 over Alcudia on 15th; one smelly stream, Pto. Pollensa on 19th.

Spoonbill

2 immatures at S' albufera on 17th; 1 on 20th.

Shelduck

One at Salinas de Levante on 17th.

Gadwall

Up to 20 at S' albufera throughout.

Mallard

Abundant at most wetlands.

Garganey

Up to at least 20, S' albufera throughout.

Shoveler

Up to about 10, S' albufera throughout; about 5, Salinas de Levante on 17th.

Red-crested Pochard

Abundant at S' albufera. At least 20 paired birds throughout.

Pochard

3 on the canal, S' albufera throughout.

White-headed Duck

A pair on the canal, S' albufera on 17th.

Honey Buzzard

One over the Boquer valley on 19th.

Black Vulture

2-3, Cuber Reservoir on 16th. At least one adult and one wing tagged immature.

Marsh Harrier

Abundant at S' albufera throughout, perhaps 15 birds present. One migrant over Boquer valley on

15th.

Booted Eagle

Two pale phase birds over the Cuber Reservoir on 16th.

Osprey

Singles at S' albufera on 18th, and over the sea off Pto. Pollensa (later Boquer valley) on 19th.

Kestrel

Singles at many locations.

Eleonora's Falcon

2-3 at Formentor lighthouse, 2 in the Boquer valley, 1 beehives area all on 18th; 2 at Boquer valley, 1 at S' albufera on 19th; 1 beehives area on 20th.

Peregrine

Singles in the Boquer valley on 15th, Cuber reservoir on 17th, Formentor lighthouse on 18th; pair in the Boquer valley on 19th.

Red-legged Partridge

Two at the entrance to the Boquer valley on 15th.

Pheasant

Heard calling at Cuber Reservoir on 17th; Casas Veyas on 20th.

Water Rail

One seen, several calling at Salines de Levante on 17th; singles calling at S' albufera throughout.

Spotted Crake

1 or 2 seen very well at S' albufera on 17th. From path between Cim hide and viewpoint.

Moorhen

Abundant in wetland areas.

Purple Gallinule

Present throughout at S' albufera, with a maximum of 5 from the Cim hide on 17th.

Coot

Abundant in wetland areas.

Black-winged Stilt

Abundant in wetland areas. Pair copulating at Bishop 1 hide on 16th.

Stone Curlew

One near Felantix on 17th; two around Salines de Levante on 17th. Heard calling at night near

Alcudia.

Little-ringed Plover

At S' albufera throughout with a maximum of 4 on 15th; about 10, Salines de Levante on 17th.

Ringed Plover

Two at the Salines de Levante on 17th.

Kentish Plover

Abundant at Salines de Levante and S' albufera. Nest with 3 eggs found on waste ground at Alcudia.

Little Stint

At least 35 at the Salinas de Levante on 17th; 8 at S' albufera on 18th.

Temminck's Stint

Singles at S' albufera on 15th-16th (Cim hide); Salines de Levante on 17th.

Curlew Sandpiper

Singles at S' albufera on 17th (Cim hide) and 18th (opposite Alcudia Pins).

Dunlin

Up to 3 at S' albufera on 18th; 2 at Salines de Levante on 17th.

Ruff

10 at Salines de Levante on 17th; at least 70, S' albufera (opposite Alcudia Pins) on 20th.

Snipe

3 at Bishop 1 hide, S' albufera throughout.

Black-tailed Godwit

One at Salines de Levante on 17th.

Whimbrel

One flew over Salines de Levante on 17th.

Curlew

One calling, Salines de Levante on 17th; singles S' albufera throughout.

Spotted Redshank

About 30, Salines de Levante on 17th; maximum of 11 at S' albufera on 20th.

Redshank

Abundant at Salines de Levante on 17th and S'albufera throughout.

Marsh Sandpiper

About five, Salines de Levante on 17th; one at S' albufera (opposite Alcudia Pins) on 16th, 19th and 20th.

Greenshank

Present at S' albufera throughout, with a maximum of 5 on 17th.

Green Sandpiper

Single at S' albufera throughout, and Salines de Levante on 17th.

Wood Sandpiper

Present at S' albufera throughout with a maximum of 23 on 17th.

Common Sandpiper

A maximum of 6 at the Water Treatment Works, S' albufera, on 20th.

Little Gull

A tired adult was present at S' albufera Cim hide throughout.

Black-headed Gull

Very small numbers (less than 5) at Salines de Levante and S' albufera.

Slender-billed Gull

An adult at Salines de Levante on 17th.

Audouin's Gull

2 or 3 at Porto Colom on 17th; in the mornings and evenings, present on the beaches at Alcudia and Pto. Pollensa throughout; maximum of about 5. Pto. Pollensa on 18th; coming to feed on bread at Bellevue holiday village lagoons, Alcudia, on 21st.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Singles at Water Treatment Works, S 'albufera, throughout.

Yellow-legged Gull

Abundant throughout the whole island, particularly along the coast.

Gull-billed Tern

2 at S' albufera, Cim hide, on 20th.

Whiskered Tern

9 at S' albufera on 17th-20th.

Rock Dove

About 15 at Porto Colom on 17th.

Woodpigeon

Small groups of up to 4 widely distributed in many locations. About 20 at Casas Veyas on 20th.

Turtle Dove

1 at the beehives area on 20th.

Scop's Owl

At least 3 calling at Pto. Pollensa on 19th. Seen at the end of the Guardia Civil road, though perhaps not nesting at the usual site in the building?

Swift

Abundant at many localities.

Pallid Swift

Positively identified at Salines de Levante on 17th (2); S' albufera on 19th (3-4).

Alpine Swift

One associating with feeding Swifts at the beehives area on 20th.

Bee-eater

A flock of 12 at the beehives area on 20th, flew south-east; 2-3 nearby on the same date feeding from olive grove.

Hoopoe

Abundant, seen daily at many localities; 5 around the 'pine walk', near the entrance to the Boquer

valley throughout.

Wryneck

Birds calling at many localities; 2 calling at the Boquer valley entrance on 19th; pair copulating at the beehives area on 19th.

Short-toed Lark

At least 4-5 singing birds around the sand pit, S' albufera, on 16th.

Thekla Lark

Pair near the cliff top at Porto Colom on 17th.

Sand Martin

Abundant at wetland areas; perhaps 1000's at S' albufera during rain on 18th-19th.

Crag Martin

Seen at many localities, at least 50 near the entrance to the Boquer valley on 15th; very good views at the dam, Cuber Reservoir and the bridge over the stream, beehives area.

Swallow

Abundant at wetland areas throughout; one, bright red underparts of race savignii at S' albufera on

17th.

House Martin

Small groups of up to about 20 in various localities. Much less abundant than Sand Martin or

Swallow.

Tawny Pipit

One singing at Alcudia on 15th; 2 at Cuber Reservoir on 16th and Porto Colom on 17th; one, beehives area on 20th.

Tree Pipit

Singles at the Boquer valley entrance on 15th and 18th and Club Tropicana track, Pto. Pollensa on

20th; at least 4, Casas Veyas on 18th and 20th.

Yellow Wagtail

Small numbers, mainly at wetlands, of race M. f. iberiae.

White Wagtail

One at the Water Treatment Works, S' albufera, on 19th.

Wren

Small numbers singing at many localities.

Robin

Single at Porto Colom on 17th; 2-3 Postage Stamp Wood throughout.

Nightingale

Abundant, singing at many localities, and good views at Alcudia on 15th and S' albufera throughout.

Redstart

Up to 5 together in widely scattered locations.

Whinchat

Singles at Cuber Reservoir and S' albufera on 16th; Boquer valley and S' albufera on 18th; Casas

Veyas and beehives area on 20th.

Stonechat

Abundant throughout all lowland areas.

Northern Wheatear

Singles at many localities; at least 4, Porto Colom on 17th.

Black-eared Wheatear

A female along the Club Tropicana, Pto. Pollensa on 20th.

Blue Rock Thrush

Seen at virtually all upland rocky locations; at least 3 in the Boquer valley throughout; singing male at Porto Colom on 17th.

Blackbird

Widely distributed, seen in many localities.

Song Thrush

Single in the Boquer valley entrance throughout.

Cetti's Warbler

Abundant, particularly, though not exclusively, in wetland areas; birds often singing and feeding out in the open at S' albufera.

Moustached Warbler

Many singing at S' albufera throughout, often showing well, particularly where the bridges cross the

canal.

Great Reed Warbler

At least 5-10 singing at S' albufera throughout; seen nest building near the canal here on 19th.

Marmora's Warbler

One seen distantly at Cuber Reservoir on 16th; about 4-5 at Porto Colom seen well on 17th.

Spectacled Warbler

About 5 singing birds at Cuber Reservoir on 16th.

Sardinian Warbler

Abundant throughout lowland localities.

Whitethroat

Singles at many localities; about 4, Casas Veyas on 18th and 20th.

Garden Warbler

Singles at Cuber Reservoir dam on 16th and Casas Veyas on 20th.

Blackcap

Small numbers at scattered localities.

Wood Warbler

2 at Boquer valley entrance on 18th; single at Casas Veyas on 20th.

Willow Warbler

Singles at many locations; 4 together in the beehives area on 19th.

Firecrest

Heard singing at many upland pine wood areas; 2-3 singing at Casas Veyas on 18th and 20th.

Spotted Flycatcher

Small numbers, widely distributed.

Pied Flycatcher

Small numbers, widely distributed; at least 10, Casas Veyas on 18th.

Blue Tit

Seen and heard several times along the mountain road from Pollensa to Cuber Reservoir.

Great Tit

Small numbers at many localities.

Golden Oriole

Single male at the beehives area on 20th.

Woodchat Shrike

Small numbers at many localities; pair copulating at the Boquer valley entrance on 19th; male singing along the Club Tropicana track on 20th.

Carrion Crow

2 at Palma airport on 14th.

Raven

2 at viewpoint between Pto. Pollensa and Casas Veyas on 15th.

Starling

2 near the Water Treatment Works, S' albufera, on 18th.

House Sparrow

Abundant.

Chaffinch

Abundant, particularly in upland areas.

Greenfinch

Abundant.

Goldfinch

Abundant; bird seen in nest, Postage Stamp Wood on 18th.

Linnet

Widespread in small numbers.

Crossbill

Singing male at Bellevue holiday village, Alcudia throughout; family party at Casas Veyas on 18th.

Cirl Bunting

Widespread in small numbers.

Reed Bunting

On road from Palma to Alcudia(!) on 14th; single at S' albufera on 19th.

Corn Bunting

Abundant throughout lowland areas.

Mammals

Rabbit, Brown Hare, Brown Rat, House Mouse, Pipistrelle Bat, Brown Long-eared Bat, Pine Martin (scat).

 

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