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Mallorca 9-22 April 2010

This was a trip planned at relatively short notice as a simple, easy trip to a destination that may have a few birds. As it turned out, a volcano erupting in Iceland prolonged the trip by six days and added a bit of stress that wasn't needed. I thought the island was exceptionally beautiful, particularly in the north of course, however lots of other areas deserved praise too. We ended up staying in two places at Puerto Pollensa, both were good.

Hotel Uyal

The Hotel Uyal was fine. We paid a bit extra for a junior suite with a sea view. Food was good and staff were friendly. My only slight criticism was that the place seemed a bit tatty around the edges, though to be fair, it's not the most modern hotel in Pollensa and it was always very clean. You seem to always be able to get some of the best room rates here with alpharooms

Flora Aparthotel

This was a self catering complex of apartments. We paid the walk-in price for an apartment, and in my opinion it was great value. The apartments were well equipped and clean. The whole complex tidy, well kept and good value. It was quiet at the time we were there, I suspect it's much busier in the summer. I'd definately stay here again.

The birding was distinctly average, sometimes possibly poor. This may have had something to do with the fact that we were early in the spring birding season. A few notes are provided below on the species most people want to see in Mallorca. We missed a few species that we knew were present including Collared Pratincole, Greater Flamingo and a Little Crake.

Systematic List

Little Grebe  
Great Crested Grebe  
Cormorant  
Shag  
Little Bittern Just one male at S' Albufera on a canal
Night Heron  
Squacco Heron Up to two in S' Albufera but not easy!
Cattle Egret  
Little Egret  
Great White Egret One Albufereta throughout
Grey Heron  
Purple Heron  
Shelduck  
Gadwall  
Teal  
Mallard  
Garganey  
Shoveler  
Marbled Teal At least three in S' Albufera but only seen flying around. Loads of birders didn't see them.
Red-crested Pochard  
Pochard  
Red Kite  
Egyptian Vulture  
Griffon Vulture One from Lluc
Black Vulture Seems like they can be seen almost anywhere in the northern Mountains, and we saw them many times. Never great views, but if like many walkers, you can hike to a summit and get lucky as one flies by, good on you.
Marsh Harrier  
Sparrowhawk  
Booted Eagle  
Osprey  
Kestrel  
Eleanoras Falcon We only saw three, but it's early for these. Over Pollensa and Albufereta
Peregrine  
Red-legged Partridge  
Pheasant  
Water Rail  
Moorhen  
Purple Gallinule  
Crested Coot Stupidly tame and easy at S' Albufera.
Coot  
Oystercatcher  
Black-winged Stilt  
Avocet  
Stone Curlew  
Little Ringed Plover  
Ringed Plover  
Kentish Plover  
Grey Plover  
Dunlin  
Ruff  
Snipe  
Whimbrel  
Spotted Redshank  
Redshank  
Greenshank  
Green Sandpiper  
Wood Sandpiper  
Common Sandpiper  
Black-headed Gull  
Audouin's Gull  
Yellow-legged Gull  
Gull-billed Tern Just one at S' Albufera
Sandwich Tern  

Common Tern

 
Whiskered Tern  
Rock Dove  
Collared Dove  
Alpine Swift  
Common Swift  
Pallid Swift  
Bee-eater  
Hoopoe  
Wryneck  
Short-toed Lark  
Thekla Lark  
Sand Martin  
Crag Martin  
Swallow  
House Martin  
Tawny Pipit  
Tree Pipit  
Meadow Pipit  
Water Pipit  
Yellow Wagtail including a Black-headed Wagtail at S' Albufera (photo below)
White Wagtail  
Wren  
Robin  
Nightingale  
Black Redstart  
Redstart  
Whinchat  
Stonechat  
Northern Wheatear  
Blue Rock Thrush  
Blackbird  
Song Thrush  
Cetti's Warbler  
Fan-tailed Warbler  
Moustached Warbler Not particularly easy in S' Albufera, despite there being several zillions of pairs present! We had good views of several singing males very near the dogleg of the main drive into the visitors centre
Sedge Warbler  
Reed Warbler  
Great Reed Warbler  
Balearic Warbler We saw these in the Bocquer Valley and the road up to the Atalya tower on Formentor. In the Bocquer there was a male singing right by the track past the last stone wall as well as others on the slope down to the beach at the far end. Some days they were really difficult here, other days easy. Unsurprisingly they tended to show much better on calm days. They were never particularly easy to photograph. The other site, described by others as the easiest, is the road up to the tower from opposite the first Mirador (viewpoint) on the Formentor road. We did see them here, but on my visit to photograph them we got kicked off the road by some military folk. Very polite they were too!
Sardinian Warbler  
Whitethroat  
Blackcap  
Wood Warbler  
Chiffchaff  
Willow Warbler  
Firecrest  
Pied Flycatcher  
Blue Tit  
Great Tit  
Balearic Woodchat Shrike  
Raven  
House Sparrow  
Chaffinch  
Serin  
Greenfinch  
Goldfinch  
Linnet  
Crossbill  
Cirl Bunting  
Corn Bunting  

Photos - All images strictly copyright James Packer 2010. Do not copy or reproduce without permission.


Purple Heron at S' Albufera


Great White Egret
at Albufereta


Night Heron at S' Albufera


Black-winged Stilt at S Albufera


Adult Crested Coot at S' Albufera


Crested Coot at S'Albufera. I suppose this means it's a sustaining population!


Audouin's Gull at Puerto Pollensa


Yellow-legged Gull at Formentor


Pied Flycatcher on the Arta Peninsula


Sardinian Warbler somewhere on Formentor


Cetti's Warbler at S' Albufera


Balearic Warbler in the Bocquer Valley. Not easy!


Moustached Warbler at S' Albufera


Wood Warbler at Puerto Pollensa


Water Pipit at S' Albufera


Well, I reckon it's a Black-headed Wagtail at S' Albufera


Hoopoe at S' Albufereta


Balearic Woodchat Shrikes at S' Albufera


Serin on Formentor


Cirl Bunting in the Bocquer Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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