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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Mallorca Birding Trip Report (19th - 21st February 2017) - Species List and Locations

Day 1 – Boquer Valley – Embassament de Cúber (19th February 2017)


Balearic Warbler – 19th FebruaryBoquer Valley (2 males seen well singing in coastal scrub. Seen on both visits to the valley in the last quarter of the route on the slopes by the sea).
Balearic Warbler - Mallorca
Cinereous Vulture – 19th FebruaryMirador Ma-10, north of Embassament de Cúber, (5 birds seen circling and feeding on a carcass in the mountains).
Black Vulture - Mallorca

Day 2 – Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca (20th February 2017)


Moustached Warbler – 20th FebruaryParque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca (Two birds singing and showing well in reeds on the track up to the visitor centre).
Moustached Warbler - Mallorca
Red-knobbed Coot – 20th FebruaryParque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca (3 individuals seen on canal near visitor centre. Two wearing neck collars and one without. Re-introduced population that has been present for over 10 years).
Red-knobbed Coot - Mallorca

Notable Species:

Marbled Duck – 4 seen at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Balearic Shearwater – Large flock of 58 birds flying south at Muro Beach.
Little Bittern 2 seen at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Night Heron – Large rookery at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Griffon Vulture – One seen en-route from Palma to Port de Pollença and another seen on the route back to the airport.

Booted Eagle – A handful seen during the trip with three individuals at Boquer Valley.
Purple Swamphen – 4 seen at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Black-winged Stilt – Plentiful at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Kentish Plover – Large numbers at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Audouin’s Gull – A handful seen roosting at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca on the pools behind the Villa Blue Hotel and Spa.
Hoopoe – 1 seen on the Ma-12 road south of Port d'Alcúdia.
Crag Martin – A small number seen at Boquer Valley and on the route from Palma to Port de Pollen
Booted Eagle – A handful seen during the trip with three individuals at Boquer Valley.
Purple Swamphen – 4 seen at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Black-winged Stilt – Plentiful at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Kentish Plover – Large numbers at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Audouin’s Gull – A handful seen roosting at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca on the pools behind the Villa Blue Hotel and Spa.
Hoopoe – 1 seen on the Ma-12 road south of Port d'Alcúdia.
Crag Martin – A small number seen at Boquer Valley and on the route from Palma to Port de Pollença.

Blue Rock Thrush – Seen in good numbers at Boquer Valley.
Sardinian Warbler – Numerous throughout. Good numbers at Boquer Valley
Serin – Numerous throughout. Good numbers at Boquer Valley and around the visitor centre at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Blue Rock Thrush – Seen in good numbers at Boquer Valley.
Sardinian Warbler – Numerous throughout. Good numbers at Boquer Valley
Serin – Numerous throughout. Good numbers at Boquer Valley and around the visitor centre at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca.
Marbled Duck - Mallorca
Marbled Duck

Additional Species

Shelduck
Mallard
Gadwall
Pintail
Shoveler
Wigeon
Teal
Little Grebe
Cormorant
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Kestrel
Peregrine
Moorhen
Coot
Avocet
Little Ringed Plover
Lapwing
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Black-headed Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Sandwich Tern
Razorbill
Feral Pigeon
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Kingfisher
Meadow Pipit
Grey Wagtail
Robin
Black Redstart
Stonechat
Song Thrush
Blackbird
Blackcap
Cetti’s Warbler
Chiffchaff
Firecrest
Great Tit
Raven
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Linnet
Goldfinch
Greenfinch

Heard only:
Fan-tailed Warbler

70 Trip Totals
4 Trip lifers

Orchid List

Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum) – Several seen at Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca along the track to the visitor centre and another cluster by the sea at Muro Beach.
Giant Orchid - Mallorca


Sombre Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca) – One seen on slopes near the sea at Boquer Valley.
Sombre Bee Orchid - Mallorca

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