September – Mallorca Meanderings.

Posted: September 28, 2011 in Bird Watching
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We had a family holiday in early September in Calles de Mallorca, which is in the eastern part of the island which is not the ideal place for much birdlife. Being almost on the sea cliffs our hotel was good for watching passing seabirds with:- Cory`s Shearwater, Yellow Legged Gull, Audouin`s Gull, Shag (another country ticked off – Dave ) and Cormorant seen mainly in the evenings. Balearic Shearwaters were all in English/French waters at the time of my visit, so, they were not seen. On my first venture out 6 Purple Heron flew south over the sea, probable migrants? Headed for the local “Depuradora” or as we say the sewage works! Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Linnet, Kestrel, Red Legged Partridge and Black-Eared Wheatear seen in the area. We hired a car and apart from being broken into and all four of us suffering some kind of loss carried on and didnt let it spoil the trip. We headed across the country for the monastery at Lluc, where, I beat my previous best of seeing 3 Black Vultures in the sky at once, watching 11 of these magnificent beasts in the air, they really are spectacular! Raven and Crag Martin also in the area. At Embalse de Cuber reservoir 2 more Black Vultures were seen along with Woodchat (Balearic) Shrike and a Reed Bunting. A trip up to the Formentor lighthouse was next and lots of Eleonora`s Falcons catching small birds to feed their young. Really great views over the sea from here. On the way back to the Calles, Red Kite, Booted Eagle and Cattle Egret were seen. Had an afternoon birdwatching on my own, so I went to the southern Ses Salines salt lagoon area. This is a really excellent area to watch the birds. 120 Flamingo`s were seen first along with lots of waders including:-Black Winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Little Stint, Ruff, Black Tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Red and Greenshank, Green and Wood Sandpiper. A few Thekla Lark, Yellow Wagtail, Cetti`s Warbler and the abundant Fan Tailed Warbler made up a great supporting cast. Had a trip to the Cabo Ses Salines, but too many folk and not much passage on the sea had me heading back to our hotel, with only a Jay and a few Crossbills to entertain me on the way back. Had a few walks around the cliff tops and into a couple of “scrubby” areas in the last couple of days only adding House Martin, Marsh Harrier and Grey Heron, but there were a few Thekla Lark to see though. Saw 63 species on the trip and had a good holiday, now its time to start filling in all those boring insurance claim forms!

Regards,
Dave Ousey.

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