Mallorca Birdwatching Journey Record – Sept 2022 

If you are wishing to experience Mediterranean birdwatching after that you require look no more than the island of Mallorca. Embed in the north Mediterranean off the shore of Spain, Mallorca is a wonderful area to ‘reduce your teeth’ with varieties connected with the Mediterranean location. We usually enter the recently of April or very early Might, however on this celebration we chose a fall trip. Traveling from Bristol Flight terminal, we scheduled with Easy Jet vacations as well as remained for 4 evenings at the BQ Vacation Town in Alcudia The expense consisted of bed, morning meal, night dish, trips as well as transfers from Palma flight terminal.

We got here in the very early hrs of 16th September as well as were pleased to locate we had actually been updated at no additional expense, to an apartment or condo space from our scheduled dual space. After a lengthy trip we enjoyed to enter into bed as well as made no effort to rise prematurely. Our terrace looked right out onto the S’albufera nature book as well as we were quickly racking up the varieties for our ‘terrace checklist’. This consisted of, Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilt, Purple Heron, Audouin’s Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Livestock Egret, Mediterranean Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Sardinian Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Evening Heron as well as Kingfisher! We additionally listened to Scops Owl early one early morning calling the resort premises.

We constantly base ourselves in the north of the island as well as Alcudia is excellent being positioned in between 2 birding hotspots. To the eastern, the S’Albufera Parc Natural, which is a big reed bed as well as marsh book (think of RSPB Pork Wall surface on steroids!) as well as to the west, the popular Boquer Valley, a fantastic hilly valley with completely dry valley base bring about the sea. In the center there is the smaller sized Albufereta book simply eastern of Pollenca, which is an additional marsh book with swimming pools as well as checking out systems. We really did not check out there on this celebration as a result of time restrictions as well as there is absolutely nothing there that can not be seen at the various other books.

The S’Albufera Parc Natural

Day 1, 2 as well as 4 were invested at S’Albufera. You can invest 2 days on the book as well as still not cover all of it! The major gateway leads to the site visitor facility as well as from there there are a variety of hides close by all forgeting scrapes as well as superficial marshy locations. Going through the facility of the book is a huge canal, lined with reed as well as trees that hold Evening Heron (we counted 35 one night), Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Shiny Ibis, Livestock Egret, Grey Heron, Western Swamphen (Purple Gallinule) as well as various Kingfishers. On the canal we saw, Red-crested Pochard, Marbled Duck, Pochard as well as Mallard. South of the site visitor facility there are 3 hides forgeting the exact same scrape. This location is fantastic for flow waders as well as we saw Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper as well as Timber Sandpiper among the resident Greenshank, Detected Redshank, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover as well as Black-winged Stilts. There had actually been 2 Pectoral Sandpipers the day before our arrival. There were great deals of duck right here also with thousands of Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, 3 Garganey, Shelduck, Gadwall as well as Marbled Duck. Fan-tailed Warblers can be seen around the book however an adolescent revealed to a couple of feet before the conceal right here! The verdant location in between the hides held a couple of North Wheatear as well as Shiny Ibis were almost everywhere. Marsh Harriers were one of the most usual predator on the book as well as we saw a minimum of 4 Ospreys, one on a nesting system that really did not relocate the that; e time we existed! Kestrel was the only tiny predator on the book however we additionally had actually Started Eagles, Red Kite as well as 2 Griffon Vultures expenses throughout our gos to.

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Beyond of the canal there are better hides as well as checking out systems looking throughout the marshy north of the book. The water right here is much deeper as well as holds larger varieties of waders consisting of 80+ Black-winged Stilt, Environment-friendly, Common as well as Timber Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Dunlin, Curlew, Kentish, Little Ringed as well as Ringed Plover, Avocet, Common Snipe, 25+ Detected Redshank as well as Greenshank. And also you can not miss out on the fantastic Greater Flamingos!

Behind the site visitor centre is an additional tiny swimming pool with a notification board with details regarding the books re-introduction varieties. Among these, the Red-knobbed Coot can be discovered on this fish pond as well as the bordering reeds as well as scrub hold Excellent Reed Warbler, Nightingale, Cetti’s Warbler as well as Eurasian Reed Warbler. We saw several Hoopoes in this field also.

Ses Puntas as well as S’Amarador

On day 2 we strolled the path southern from the centre to Ses Puntas as well as S’Amarador. This is still component of the book however be prepared, its is a lengthy stroll as well as it would certainly have been far better to employ bikes for the day to arrive. To stroll the entire external path of the book would certainly occupy to 4 hrs as well as for the bulk there is just high reeds on both sides of the course. The Ses Puntas location confirmed rewarding as we discovered a European Roller in the area on the appropriate simply prior to the timberland. The area additionally supplied us with our very first Balearic Woodchat Shrike as well as Whinchat as well as 3 adolescent Serins. The timberland location was peaceful aside from 2 Hoopoes as well as the strange Sardinian Warbler. At S’Amarador there is a huge deep water swimming pool bordered by significant reeds, which looked encouraging however held just Coot as well as a couple of ducks. There is a Mute Swan right here of suspicious beginning as well as the nearby areas held Little Ringed Plover, an additional Woodchat Shrike. There is a great scenic sight from the system right here which is fantastic for seeing raptors. We had bird’s-eye views of Booted Eagles as well as Red Kites from right here prior to the lengthy stroll back!

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The Boquer Valley

Our third day was invested in the Boquer Valley. With a range of mountains on either side this is an exceptional movement hotspot in both Springtime as well as Fall. We took a Taxi from Alcudia to Pollenca, which had to do with 25 euros as well as discovered the entryway to the valley. Serins remained in great numbers right here as well as we quickly discovered Crag Martins circling around the ridges over us. From the Finca (ranch) we checked the hills as well as got 4 Griffon Vultures as well as various Cinereous (black) Vultures. A number of Red Kites as well as Peregrines were additionally seen in this field as well as our very first Blue Rock Yeast infection remained in areas listed below the Finca. Various Wrynecks can be listened to calling however we just saw one bird distantly. The valley itself was to life with travelers as well as we counted over 60 Typical Redstarts, Pied as well as Detected Flycatchers as well as bird of the day, a 1w male Black-eared Wheatear high up on the ridge. On the incline to the coastline we ultimately got a couple of evasive Balearic Warblers, seeing approximately 15 birds in total amount. At the actual end of the valley, Eleanora’s Falcons can be seen going after worn out travelers as well as their phone calls resembled around the valley. As did that of a number of adolescent Booted Eagles that flew close overhanging. The valley itself was extremely hectic with travelers making their means to as well as from the coastline. And also it was exceptionally warm! In knowledge an earlier beginning would certainly have been valuable.

The Depuradora

Our last day was invested at Depuradora at the eastern end of the book. Regardless of belonging to the Parc Natural, it is not easily accessible from the major book as a result of eviction being inexplicably secured. We took a trip by taxi for regarding 9 euros as well as strolled from the Bus depot in the direction of the water therapy functions. This is a great farmland location as well as we quickly got over 30 Rock Curlews in an area with 4 Thekla’s Larks, several of which were vocal singing as well as revealing at close quarters. The yards along the roadway held great varieties of Tree Sparrows, Serin, Fan-tailed Warblers as well as Sardinian Warblers as well as our very first Pallid Swifts hawked expenses. The water supply were rather peaceful however still held Coot, Marbled Duck, Shiny Ibis, Little Ringed Plovers, Yellow-legged Gull as well as Common Sandpiper. Among the nearby areas had more than 150 ‘flava’ Wagtails, Whinchats, Wheatear as well as a Pied Flycatcher.

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We saw over 100 varieties over the 4 days at simply 3 websites as well as will certainly be intending a trip right here in the not so long run! Maintain as well as eye on the site! See listed below for a complete checklist of varieties seen:


Mute Swan (of unidentified beginning), Cormorant, Greater Flamingo, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Evening Heron, Squacco Heron, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Livestock Egret, Little Bittern, Shiny Ibis, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Environment-friendly Sandpiper, Timber Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Curlew, Ruff, Common Snipe, Greenshank, Detected Redshank, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Rock Curlew, Western Swamphen, Water Rail, Coot, Moorhen, Red-knobbed Coot, Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Eurasian Teal, Garganey, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard, Marbled Duck, Typical Pochard, Little Grebe, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Typical Swift, Pallid Swift, Black-headed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Osprey, Griffon Marauder, Cinereous Marauder, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Kestrel, Peregrine, Eleanora’s Falcon, Scops Owl (listened to just), Red-legged Partridge, Woodchat (Balearic) Shrike, Hoopoe, European Roller, Wryneck, Kingfisher, Great Tit, Fan-tailed Warbler (Zitting Cisticola), Eurasian Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Barn Swallow, Residence Martin, Sand Martin, Crag Martin, Willow Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Balearic Warbler, Blackcap, Firecrest, Blackbird, Blue Rock Yeast Infection, Wren, Common Redstart, European Starling, Raven, Detected Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Nightingale, Stonechat, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Tree Pipit, Thekla’s Lark, Residence Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Serin, Crossbill, Reed Pennant.

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