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That orange winged dropwing is stunning
Thanks Owene,

If you fancy checking it out you can park on the dirt parking area near the Roman Bridge at Pollenca Town, next to the road to the mountains, walk across the road and you’ll see a wooden sign for the Cami de Ternelles. Follow the road up and after half a km or so (another guess), there’s a double concrete irrigation tank on the right where the road takes a right turn. This is where I had the Orange-winged Dropwing, and is where I had them last year too.

You can walk all the way up to the security gates for the valley proper if the mood takes you - views are restricted but I usually get both Black and Griffon Vultures and often Booted Eagle there.

Stew
 
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I spent this morning back at the Albufera. It was quite hard work, with very little variety on the wader front. Highlights were several Marbled Ducks, a pair of Crested Coots with two young and quite a few Purple Herons flying around. There was a fair bit of Moustached Warbler song in the area around the platform on the Ses Puntes track, but again only a few fleeting glimpses of the birds themselves. I saw a Common Darter near the Sa Roca hides - they are often difficult to find, especially when the Red-veined Darters are about in force.

At the Depuradora the Bahama Pintail put in an appearance, and a Marbled Duck was keeping an eye on her seven young.

There was a Tree Sparrow on my very brief stop at the Son Bosc bus garage, and two Bee-eaters (distantly) on the wires behind the small electricity sub-station. Annoyingly, the road beyond the sub-station is blocked by roadworks, preventing access to the track to the Depuradora platform, meaning that I had to retrace and take the next right after the bus garage to get to the Depuradora.

Stew
 

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Yet another birding foray hoping for a year tick. At this time of year it gets harder every day, but nevertheless it`s still worth getting out there. Especially to see all the chicks and juveniles.
Once again I stayed close to home, there was a good chance of thunder storms. Only 25 mins to get to Son Bosc. A customary Tree sparrow photo at the bus depot, then on to the Depuradora. On the drive down to the`Dep` there were few birds to be seen and as I got closer to the usual Dep turn off, the road was closed for repairs? so I had to make a detour.
At the viewing tower it looked quiete. But I kept on adding species to my list, until when it was time to move on I had 20, including: Marsh Harrier, BW Stilt, Marbled Duck, Yellow Wagtail, Com. Pochard, Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover. So not too bad.

I found last week what appears to the new favourite place for Bee Eaters around Son Bosc. I had 8 /12 birds today, pretty much the same as last week.
Here`s how to find it. From the Bus depot turn left onto the main road heading toward Can Picafort. Take the very next left hand turn. Drive down the lane until you reach a lane crossing at 90 deg. Go straight across and park 30mtrs on next to a ruined house. Behind the house is a very large field, At the back of the field is a tall neglected hedgerow. 2 or 3 of the trees appear to be dead and bare. There`s the bit that the Bee Eaters like.

Then on to the Albufera. There was very little change from last week. At the Sa Roca hides there were plenty of Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers, Avocets, BW Stilts, Purple Heron, Shelducks, Green Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis young and old, Yellow Wagtails, Com Terns.
I had lunch at the wooden bench close to the Sa Roca field and was entertained by 3 gorgeous Siskins, just couldn't get a photo, they were so busy.
On to the 2 Es Cibollar hides. Pretty much more of the same

On the way home I had a brief visit to Maristany. Mostly YL and BH Gulls. But I did find a pair of Great crested Grebes and a solitary GC Grebe with a single gorgeous chick which really made my day.

Cheers Phil A.
 

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I arrive back in Mallorca in the morning for my latest visit. This time for almost 4 weeks and staying at my place in Port de Pollenca. I’m not expecting to add much to my Big Year total, having last visited in April/May, but I’ll be giving it my best shot. It would be good to catch up with any other visiting birders in the area. Hopefully there will also be the opportunity for a few of the Old Gits Bird Club members to venture out. I’m just about packed and ready to go!!
 
Cheers Chris - I’m back in action, just a few war wounds!

Cami Volantina: if you head for Alcudia on the Puerto Pollenca “by pass”, Cami Volantina is the first right turn about 200m after the last roundabout (before you get to Ca’n Cuarassa). Drive for about 1k (that’s a guess) down the Cami and you’ll see a torent on the right behind a low wall just after a sharp left-hand bend. There’s space to pull off. Unusually for this time of year there’s plenty of water, you can walk about 150m along the road looking down into the stream. It’s a bit clogged with reeds in places, but it was heaving with dragonflies when I was there yesterday.

Stew
Many thanks Stew! Won't be there until September but would love to see the Dropwings. 🤞

Chris
 
I arrived yesterday and staying for a week in Alcudia. Other than birds I am curious if there is any orchids to see this time of year?
 
A fairly gentle outing today with Rod M, starting at Phil A’s Bee-eater site. We saw about eight birds exactly as Phil described in the dead branches in the hedgerow at the back of the field with horses. We spend quite a while there, getting in and out of the car to dodge the showers. Stone curlews were calling a lot, with several birds flying around.

We went to the NE end of the Cami des Polls in the hope of seeing some dragonflies in the rather warmer spell of weather. In the event there were several Broad Scarlets, Lesser Emperors, Black-tailed Skimmers, an Emperor and a Norfolk Hawker, with Small Red-eyed Damselflies and Blue-tailed Damsels for good measure. The resident Mute Swan was on the canal just before the cattle grid, and we had fly-overs by two Squacco Herons.

Stew
 

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After this morning’s rain had abated I decided to call in to Albufera for a couple of hours. The heronry along the canal was alive with birds including Little and Cattle egrets, Squacco and Night herons and Glossy ibis. From the Sa Roca hides I had Stone curlew, Marbled duck, lots of Ibis and Black winged stilts,Purple gallinule and fly overs of Purple and Grey heron . On the way to the mound Moustached warbler was calling and just past the mound Great Reed warbler singing it heart out. After the main canal bridge there was a Squacco heron really close and a brief view of a Little Bittern disappearing into the reeds. From the Cibollar hides there were large numbers of Avocets, Flamingos and Black winged stilts with smaller numbers of Kentish plovers and Common terns. Marsh harriers, Cettis, Fantailed, and Sardinian warblers also seem during my visit.
We all complain that the island is quiet bird wise at this time of year. Yet if I could spend 2 hours on any U.K. reserve and see birds of this quality I think I’d died and gone to heaven.
 

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Morning.

Looking for some local knowledge / guidance.

We are visiting from the uk and staying at Alcudia. We’ve visited the amazing s’albufera nature reserve several times already and heard reports of bee-eaters reasonably close by.

We use public transport to get their and travel on the 324 bus service.

Can someone offer direction / instruction on finding the bee-eater area behind mindful we’re not overly familiar with the area.

Thanks in advance.
 
Morning.

Looking for some local knowledge / guidance.

We are visiting from the uk and staying at Alcudia. We’ve visited the amazing s’albufera nature reserve several times already and heard reports of bee-eaters reasonably close by.

We use public transport to get their and travel on the 324 bus service.

Can someone offer direction / instruction on finding the bee-eater area behind mindful we’re not overly familiar with the area.

Thanks in advance.
Unfortunately the Bee-eater site isn’t easily accessible by public transport. Phil A gave good directions in his earlier post:

“I found last week what appears to the new favourite place for Bee Eaters around Son Bosc. I had 8 /12 birds today, pretty much the same as last week.
Here`s how to find it. From the Bus depot turn left onto the main road heading toward Can Picafort. Take the very next left hand turn. Drive down the lane until you reach a lane crossing at 90 deg. Go straight across and park 30mtrs on next to a ruined house. Behind the house is a very large field, At the back of the field is a tall neglected hedgerow. 2 or 3 of the trees appear to be dead and bare. There`s the bit that the Bee Eaters like.”

I think the nearest bus would be to near the roundabout at the north end of Ca’n Picafort. It would be a km or so walk to the turn off on the Ca’n Picafort to Munro Road (pretty busy) but then quite a pleasant walk down the lane to the Bee eater site.

It maybe that others have more accessible directions or know of other sites.

Stew
 
I set out early this morning and arrived at Cuber at around 8.15. The was a lot of Crossbill to-ing and fro-ing as I walked down towards the dam. I spent an hour or so at the dam in a quest for Moltoni’s Warbler. They were easy to pick up on call (two birds) to the left of the dam, but I struggled to get more than the occasional brief view. Just past the dam another bird called and flew from a bush and over some rocks, never to be seen again!

There were House Martins at the dam and a few Crag Martins along the high tops. A Tawny Pipit was behind the “bothy”, and another was calling near the entrance (not seen) as I was leaving. Also near the entrance a Wryneck was calling from deep into the trees and a Blue Tit flew through. A small group of Firecrests performed nicely there too.

From about 9.30 there was some good raptor action. I saw a total of 16 Black Vultures, including ten birds which followed each other off the ridge to the west of the radar installation at around 10.25. There were also three Griffons around, and two Booted Eagles. Red Kites seemed to be constantly on view, and an Eleanora’s Falcon was racing around the western ridges.

I was really pleased to find a Monarch butterfly on the walk round. It seems that after last year’s invasion some are still around.

Stew
 

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Unfortunately the Bee-eater site isn’t easily accessible by public transport. Phil A gave good directions in his earlier post:

“I found last week what appears to the new favourite place for Bee Eaters around Son Bosc. I had 8 /12 birds today, pretty much the same as last week.
Here`s how to find it. From the Bus depot turn left onto the main road heading toward Can Picafort. Take the very next left hand turn. Drive down the lane until you reach a lane crossing at 90 deg. Go straight across and park 30mtrs on next to a ruined house. Behind the house is a very large field, At the back of the field is a tall neglected hedgerow. 2 or 3 of the trees appear to be dead and bare. There`s the bit that the Bee Eaters like.”

I think the nearest bus would be to near the roundabout at the north end of Ca’n Picafort. It would be a km or so walk to the turn off on the Ca’n Picafort to Munro Road (pretty busy) but then quite a pleasant walk down the lane to the Bee eater site.

It maybe that others have more accessible directions or know of other sites.

Stew
Hi stew.

Thanks for the tips. Was a tough walk, went down lots of dead ends, owners driveways, chased by a few dogs.

By pure chance we managed to see 6 bee eaters in flight, although not at the suggested location.

A tiring, but worthwhile day.

You cannot beat local knowledge though. 😀 👍🏻
 
A fairly quiet local day today. I started at Maristany and spent the late morning and early afternoon heading back to Gotmar, Port de Pollenca. Water levels are high at Maristany and there are a number of crèche of young waterfowl; coots, pochard and great crested grebes in particular. Albufereta was fairly quiet but with plenty of nesting common terns suggesting they’ve done well there this year. Corn buntings and fan tailed warblers on the mound and a stone curlew at the back of the finca garden as usual. 2 red kites, a marsh harrier and a single kestrel were the only raptors. A walk along the track at Can Cuarassa was also quiet but there were spotless starlings on the usual house roof, one carrying food. I finished off along the track at Cases de Gotmar next to Duva Hotel. 2 spotted flycatchers and 2 cirl bunting rounded off a very pleasant 26° day.
 

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A day out with Rod M today, focused mainly on dragonflies (apologies to those with little interest), although our first wildlife of interest was a Wryneck on the road up to the Hotel Llenaire.

We started at Cami Volantina, where we disturbed a Red-eared Slider on our first look over the wall. Lots of dragonflies still on view, including Emperors and Lesser Emperors, Violet Dropwings, Broad Scarlets and Keeled Skimmers. There were quite a few Blue-tailed Damselflies and we saw a very early Willow Emerald (only my second on the Island).

An Osprey was overhead as we drove to Sa Font. At Sa Font we went to the sluice at the southern end of the Cami des Polls. Lots of dragonflies on view, including a couple of nice Norfolk Hawkers, some Keeled Skimmers, Violet Dropwings etc. Best were a male and a female Black Pennant, lovely insects to see.

We walked along to the orchard in yet another failure to see Waxbills, but another Black Pennant was along the chain-link fence on the approach road.

We called at the Albufereta on the way back to Puerto Pollenca. All very quiet, although another (or perhaps the same) Osprey flew through.

Stew
 

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I arranged to meet Kevin at the bus depot tonight for our annual nightjar hunting evening. I arrived early and went to the horse paddocks where there were 6 bee eaters perched up and swooping down over the fields to feed. Having met Kevin we stopped at the electricity substation where we found another 8 bee eaters on the wires and a few more feeding in the distance. It was still light enough to make a short visit to the Depuradora where there was nothing of note. We then parked up at the end of the road and set off to walk through towards S’Illiot and back. The first nightjar churring started at 9pm. We spent the next hour wandering the track. In all we had at least 12 incidences of churring, often more than one at a time and from different directions. We thought perhaps there were 4-5 separate birds. At 9.30 pm a male flew straight at us and came head high within 6 feet of us clearly showing it’s white wing patches. We saw 2 more bee eaters, saw 2 stone curlews and heard many more and had at least 8 Eleonoras falcons fly over. We left in the pitch black at 10pm, mission accomplished!!
 
I just love those Nightjars David!
When they flutter in head-high, it’s one of the best birding moments of the year.
Good to know there are quite a few around.
Also good to have multiple sightings of the lovely Turtle dove here in the south east.
They make a purring sound from the cables which is pure Mallorca for me.
In the late summer, Turtle doves line the approach road to the Cap de Ses Salines, often in high numbers.
They seem to leave the Island quite early.
We have visitors at the moment who have zero interest in birds but I will be out again tomorrow.
Good birding everyone and enjoy those wonderful dragonflies.
Mike
 

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Geordie Dave and I made a late start to stroll up the Fisherman’s Walk at Cala St Vicenc. Wrynecks were calling in the woods on both outward and return legs. We managed to see two of what we estimated to be five birds. There were firecrests and serins in the pines and a wren called as we walked back.

The highlight of the climb were good numbers of Striped Grayling butterflies all along the path. We walked to the corner just beyond the quarry. Sardinian Warblers were in evidence, but there was only one burst of song from a Balearic Warbler. More exciting was a lengthy phrase of Dartford Warbler song, and although it was a bit distant we spent some time searching the scrub in vain for the elusive bird. Up to five Blue Rock Thrushes were along the slopes, and an Osprey flew past with a catch in its talons.

After dropping Dave off, I went back to Cases de Gotmar for another look for his Cirl Buntings. I was unsuccessful, but there was a nice Woodchat Shrike on a concrete post and a Red Kite flew through.

Stew
 

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Geordie Dave and I made a late start to stroll up the Fisherman’s Walk at Cala St Vicenc. Wrynecks were calling in the woods on both outward and return legs. We managed to see two of what we estimated to be five birds. There were firecrests and serins in the pines and a wren called as we walked back.

The highlight of the climb were good numbers of Striped Grayling butterflies all along the path. We walked to the corner just beyond the quarry. Sardinian Warblers were in evidence, but there was only one burst of song from a Balearic Warbler. More exciting was a lengthy phrase of Dartford Warbler song, and although it was a bit distant we spent some time searching the scrub in vain for the elusive bird. Up to five Blue Rock Thrushes were along the slopes, and an Osprey flew past with a catch in its talons.

After dropping Dave off, I went back to Cases de Gotmar for another look for his Cirl Buntings. I was unsuccessful, but there was a nice Woodchat Shrike on a concrete post and a Red Kite flew through.

Stew
Hope those Striped Graylings are still around come September! :D

Chris
 

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