I will stay a week in Palma from 15th september. Have some meetings in Palma first days but will certainly go to Cap and try to avoid capote days
Mike I arrive back on Thursday and will be at the Cap either Saturday or Sunday this weekend. Can you tell everything to hang in for just a few more days please!!The Cap de Ses Salines has been very poor so far this autumn.
Reasons are unknown but that I guess, is the magic, or otherwise, of migration.
The total number of Honey buzzard has not even reached double figures and there has been little else to shout about.
Just Bee-eaters so far have performed anything like good numbers.
Perhaps they are all waiting for a mass exodus and there will be some great days ahead.
We can only wait and hope.
newSa Roca hide 1st, this was where we had found the Broad Billed Sandpiper 6 weeks earlier. There were lots of birds to see: Greenshank ,L.R. Plover, Grey Heron, Spotted Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Glossy Ibis, Garganey, Snipe, Osprey, Purple Swamp hen. The Light was poor and the photo opportunities were limited. We next tried the 2 Es Cibollers hides next but they were very quiet but we did find 3 Ruff, one of which was half as big again as the other 2, fairly common for this species.
Es ColumbarsHide which is a kilometre further down the lane leading toward the power station, quite an investment in energy on a hot day. It was worth it though, we had Great White Egret, Flamingo, Great Crested Grebe, Little Bittern, Red Necked Grebe.
Dipping is very character building. One day he’ll thank you!Thank you Cristina.
I went hot-foot to Vilafranca to see the shrikes, taking my 4 year old grandson with me on what was to be his first twitch.
I had to bribe him by promising to buy him a toy in Manacor afterwards.
I couldn’t relocate the birds although there were plenty of Woodchat shrikes around the area.
Little Louie got very impatient and I eventually gave in.
He chose the biggest toy in the shop as if to punish me for delaying his pleasure.
So, his first twitch and first dip. He was completely unmoved by the whole experience.
The last Southern grey shrike (lanius meridionalis) stayed a long time at this site so I will go back at every opportunity to try to refind the birds.
My wallet is a bit lighter too.