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Mallorca 2024 (2 Viewers)

Frustrating day today started off well with a couple of Spotless Starlings at 16pins, then a look round Can Cuarassa and s'Albufereta produced nothing of real interest. Lunch at Can Picafort saved us a soaking at Son Real, and pretty much brought a halt to proceedings for the day. Will try again tomorrow.
 

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The rain yesterday afternoon and overnight here was pretty hefty, but nothing approaching the conditions that led to the closure of Palma Airport. Still, things were a bit damp this morning when I had a wander along the seafront at Puerto Pollenca - a one-legged Yelow-legged Gull (I’m sure there’s a pun there somewhere) and a lovely Audouin’s provided a couple of photo opportunities.

After lunch I was getting a bit stir-crazy, so Mrs B dropped me off for a couple of hours at the Albufereta. Although there was nothing new around, there was plenty to make the visit worthwhile. A total of 41 Flamingos across Sa Barcassa and the main pools, a couple of Purple Herons and plenty of Kentish Plovers, Avocets and Black-winged Stilts were all good to see. An Avocet sheltering two chicks under her wing made it look as though she had six legs, and near the hide two young Kentish Plover chicks had something of a “cotton wool ball” look about them!

Around the mound there were lots of Serins, Goldfinches and Linnets, about eight Corn Buntings and two Yellow Wagtails. A Quail was calling from the cereal fields at the back of the main pools.

As I walked out I saw at least two Atlantic Blue Crabs in the openings of the culvert under the entrance track.

Stew
 

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Popped down to Son Real this morning while Mrs W was being pampered, and a quick walk in the drizzle to the beach and back produced 2 Woodchat Shrike, a Tawney Pipit high in a tree, some Thekla's Lark and loads of Hoopoe. A quick walk down to the hide only produced a single Sardinian Warbler, but on the was a Turtle Dove flew across the path in front of me. On the way back I could hear a Wryneck but didn't have time to try and search it out.

Back at the hotel in Port de Pollenca I had a calling Peregrine which seemed to have suddenly realised it had got to sea and didn't know quite what to do, a Hoopoe, Raven and high up just above the peak what looked like Crag Martin flying about.
 
Today was a good day. First things first, I was checking the wires by the electricity sub-station at Son Bosc for Bee Eaters (there were two) at around 11.35 when I had a fly- past Jackdaw. It flew across the road, over the open area and off low over the trees and lost to view. Jackdaw is a seriously mega Mallorca bird, so I guess that a single observer, no photograph, non-staying record’s chances of acceptance are slim at best. But hey, it’s on my list!

Back to my day.. I set out early to visit the Albufera and to do a complete circuit of Albufera sites. A brief stop at the Sa Barcassa screen en route produced a Great White Egret, Purple Heron and Stone Curlew.

The Albufera was as good as ever in mid June, with lots of Purple Herons, Glossy Ibises, Cattle Egrets etc. Sa Roca provided a trip-tick in the form of three Teal, and a Moustached Warbler was singing from reeds at the back of the scrapes. A Great Reed Warbler was singing from reeds at Ses Pardes, and Crested Coots were in the nearby dykes. I watched a male Black-tailed Skimmer dismember and munch a Holly Blue butterfly, and just over the bridge on the main canal a male Little Bittern flew into the reeds. What was presumably his mate was hunting on reed detritus on the dyke nearby. Dragonflies were really good, with Lesser Emperor, Norfolk Hawker, Keeled Skimmer, Violet Dropwing, with Blue-tailed and Goblet-marked Damselflies for company. Marbled Ducks we’re at Cibollar I (2 birds) and Sa Roca (1 bird).

I made a brief visit to the paddocks near Son Bosc and saw three Bee Eaters. At the Bus Depot at Son Bosc I scored with Tree Sparrow (2 birds) for the first time in several visits.

As mentioned earlier, I saw a Jackdaw while I was watching two Bee Eaters at Son Bosc.

A Ruddy Shelduck was on the pool by the gate to the Depuradora at the parking area. From the platform there were nine Marbled Ducks, including a female with a brood of five young.

S’Amarador had its usual singing Great Reed Warbler, and the local Kestrels were feeding at least two fledged young.

The sluice at Sa Font had Norfolk Hawkers, Broad Scarlets, Black-tailed and Keeled Skimmers and Red-veined Darters. The road past the orchards (yet again no Common Waxbills) produced two Common Darters and a fine male Black Pennant.

I had a singing Reed Warbler (first of the trip) at Forcadet, but dragonflies were difficult in a brisk wind along the Cami des Pols. I did manage a Violet Dropwing, Keeled Skimmer and a couple of Broad Scarlets. It was sad to see the area burnt by the recent fires, although some green regrowth is already appearing.

Stew
 

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Today was a good day. First things first, I was checking the wires by the electricity sub-station at Son Bosc for Bee Eaters (there were two) at around 11.35 when I had a fly- past Jackdaw. It flew across the road, over the open area and off low over the trees and lost to view. Jackdaw is a seriously mega Mallorca bird, so I guess that a single observer, no photograph, non-staying record’s chances of acceptance are slim at best. But hey, it’s on my list!

Back to my day.. I set out early to visit the Albufera and to do a complete circuit of Albufera sites. A brief stop at the Sa Barcassa screen en route produced a Great White Egret, Purple Heron and Stone Curlew.

The Albufera was as good as ever in mid June, with lots of Purple Herons, Glossy Ibises, Cattle Egrets etc. Sa Roca provided a trip-tick in the form of three Teal, and a Moustached Warbler was singing from reeds at the back of the scrapes. A Great Reed Warbler was singing from reeds at Ses Pardes, and Crested Coots were in the nearby dykes. I watched a male Black-tailed Skimmer dismember and munch a Small Blue butterfly, and just over the bridge on the main canal a male Little Bittern flew into the reeds. What was presumably his mate was hunting on reed detritus on the dyke nearby. Dragonflies were really good, with Lesser Emperor, Norfolk Hawker, Keeled Skimmer, Violet Dropwing, with Blue-tailed and Goblet-marked Damselflies for company. Marbled Ducks we’re at Cibollar I (2 birds) and Sa Roca (1 bird).

I made a brief visit to the paddocks near Son Bosc and saw three Bee Eaters. At the Bus Depot at Son Bosc I scored with Tree Sparrow (2 birds) for the first time in several visits.

As mentioned earlier, I saw a Jackdaw while I was watching two Bee Eaters at Son Bosc.

A Ruddy Shelduck was on the pool by the gate to the Depuradora at the parking area. From the platform there were nine Marbled Ducks, including a female with a brood of five young.

S’Amarador had its usual singing Great Reed Warbler, and the local Kestrels were feeding at least two fledged young.

The sluice at Sa Font had Norfolk Hawkers, Broad Scarlets, Black-tailed and Keeled Skimmers and Red-veined Darters. The road past the orchards (yet again no Common Waxbills) produced two Common Darters and a fine male Black Pennant.

I had a singing Reed Warbler (first of the trip) at Forcadet, but dragonflies were difficult in a brisk wind along the Cami des Pols. I did manage a Violet Dropwing, Keeled Skimmer and a couple of Broad Scarlets. It was sad to see the area burnt by the recent fires, although some green regrowth is already appearing.

Stew
Hi Stew
I have no record of Small Blue from the Balearics. Are you certain of the identity?
Martin Or wasit a small blue?
 
Well done with the Jackdaw Stew, a fine sighting and a rare one.
Well done also with the Ruddy shelduck, also a rarity here.
So much for me “coming back on Sunday and out birding on the Monday”.
I failed to take into account the jet-lag, it’s been terrible for us both, and after all that driving around Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, we are on our knees with exhaustion.
Still, 28 world lifers was a good result.
Too many hamburgers though and 2 kilos more unsurprisingly.
We found America to be frighteningly expensive.
I did manage a seawatch tonight. Just 32 Balearic shearwaters and 134 Scopoli’s shearwaters past the lighthouse at Portopetro tonight.
Nothing else of note.
Thanks everyone for keeping the forum going, it’s been great to read what has been seen.
Mike
 
Good evening from the abysmal UK weather currently; are there any Two-tailed Pasha on the wing yet or any reliable sites in the NE corner to concentrate on next week? Thanks
Matt
 
Sorry Martin, it was a common blue. Don’t know what possesed me to write small blue. Doh!

Stew
And of course in my confusion even that was wrong! On close inspection by MikeS the butterfly remains are actually those of a Holly Blue. I’ll get my coat..

Stew
 
Good evening from the abysmal UK weather currently; are there any Two-tailed Pasha on the wing yet or any reliable sites in the NE corner to concentrate on next week? Thanks
Matt
If you believe anything I say about butterflies..

Chris and I had fantastic views of a Two-tailed Pasha at Son Real last Friday (7th), flying around over the detritus along the beach below the viewing platform at Son Real. I’ve seen them at different places at Son Real several times in the past, so it’s probably worth a visit.

Stew
 
Mrs B wanted to visit the market in Can Picafort this morning, so we parked at Son Baulo (thanks for the suggestion MikeS), and I walked along the beach to Son Real to have yet another go for Balearic Warbler on this trip. As I walked along I heard one calling rather distantly, but by the time I had got in a position to try and locate it it had gone quiet. I carried on to pick up trail 2, where Chris J had seen some last week, but to no avail. I returned via trails 3 & 4 but left empty handed on the Balearic Warbler front.

Of course things were not all bad. Along the beach between Son Baulo and the seaward end of trail 2 I had at least three displaying Tawny Pipits and several Thekla Larks. There were Audouin’s Gulls, Common Terns and Shags offshore. Around the trails I saw at least three Woodchats, and had a real Hoopoe-fest. There seemed to be a Hoopoe every few hundred metres, and on trail 2 I disturbed a group of six together! Crossbills were passing over pretty continuously, and where trails 2 & 3 intersect a Turtle Dove was purring away. Lesser Emperors and Norfolk Hawkers were patrolling the woodland edges.

Having been excited to pick out a Bath White earlier in the trip, I found that many of the whites along the beach on the walk back were Bath Whites..

While Mrs B and I enjoyed lunch along Can Picafort sea front we were watched over by Audouin’s Gulls from their lamppost lookout positions.

Stew
 

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I went a-nightjarring tonight, if that’s a word.
I find my local parc of Mondragó to be the best spot and it never fails.
Because I have been away, it was much later in the breeding cycle than normal and when I expected the usual loud and persistent “churring”, all I heard was a frog-like “krit “. Only then did I remember that’s a Nightjar. I heard 3 or 4 birds which then began to churr very briefly and quieter than earlier in the season.
Altogether, I reckon there were 5 calling birds.
I saw 2 in flight, one superb male just above my head and letting out a very timely call, very loud and shrill.
It was a superb, if brief performance but it was sufficient to fulfill my yearly craving.
I just love Nightjars and in another life, I would love to travel widely and try to see every Nightjar in the world.
Well, you can always dream.
Mike
 
Hi, would anyone be able to advise me on a reliable site for Badius Woodchat Shrike near Club Mac in Alcudia (just west of Port d'Alcudia)?

Thanks, Jack
 
Hi, would anyone be able to advise me on a reliable site for Badius Woodchat Shrike near Club Mac in Alcudia (just west of Port d'Alcudia)?

Thanks, Jack
Hi Jack,
It depends how near you need. I saw one earlier this week at Can Cuarassa, on wires while walking along the track just before you reach the houses (not far short of Pins16 where the Spotless Starlings are).

By far the most reliable site for me has been Son Real. I’ve been twice this last two weeks and seen at least four birds each visit. If you don’t have a car I think that bussing is possible. You could certainly bus to Can Picafort and walk along the beach from the east end of town and access the reserve that way (a substantial but very enjoyable walk).

It’s a bird that you could come across almost anywhere though - I’ve had birds from the car on the Puerto Pollenca to Pollenca Town Road, and along Cami Volantina in the last week or so.

Good luck!

Stew
 
I made an early start this morning, walking from the apartment to the Bocquer Valley. A Wryneck was calling in the pine tree avenue leading to the roundabout at the start of the valley-walk proper. The walk out along the valley was punctuated by Sardinian Warblers, Stonechats and Mediterranean Flycatchers. I arrived at the top of the slope to the sea at around 9am, and after half an hour or so I finally clapped eyes on a Balearic Warbler (the first on this trip). It made a short flight, perched up briefly a couple of times and then disappeared into thin air!

I hung around the area for a while and while there things livened up somewhat. Half a dozen Crag Martins appeared overhead, at least two different Blue Rock Thrushes put in an appearance and an Osprey flew across the valley with a fish in its talons. A Southern Gatekeeper was a new butterfly for the trip.

After my walk, Mrs B and I went for reviving tea and cake on the Hotel Llenaire terrace. A Booted Eagle and an Eleanora’s Falcon were drifting around out towards the bay. A short while later a flock of swifts moved through and an Eleanora’s failed miserably in several attempts to chase one down.

Stew
 

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