Saturday, 22 September 2018

MALLORCA: 12-19 September 2018

A week away with Megan, booked back in December. We flew from Gatwick to Palma with EasyJet and on arrival hired a car for 5 days. We spent two nights at the very pleasant Ca'n Pep in Alaro and from there visited Valdemossa and walked along the hiking trail towards Oriente. We moved on to Alcudia where we had three nights at Hostatgeria La Victoria and visited Son Real, Alcudia, the Boquer Valley, Cap Formentor and Albufera. We returned the car to Palma and caught the bus into town spending two nights at Hostal Ritzi near the cathedral before flying home. 

My first foreign birding trip had been to Mallorca with Cardiff friends in October 1974, not that I remembered any of it. Amongst the 75+ species I saw were Marbled Duck (15), Shag (4), Booted Eagle (6), reintroduced Western Swamphen (6) and Red-knobbed Coot (2, wasn't paying much attention to coot!), Stone Curlew (1), Kentish Plover (4), Audouin's Gull (1), Hoopoe (8), Wryneck (2), Eleanora's Falcon (8), Woodchat Shrike (2), Crag Martin (19), Thekla Lark (6), Balearic Warbler (3), Sardinian Warbler (28), Firecrest (22), Mediterranean Flycatcher (31), Pied Flycatcher (7), Nightingale (1), Rock Thrush (1), Crossbill (39) and Serin (2). I wasn't expecting to see Cinereous Vulture which has become much rarer since my previous visit but no Blue Rock Thrush and few migrants was a disappointment.
Alfabia Gardens near Bunyola

the trail to Oriente
above La Victoria on the Cap del Pinar peninsular looking across to Cap Formentor
Woodchat Shrike at Son Real
Son Real burial chambers
Son Real
Cap des Pinar from Son Real
Tortoise at Son Real
Cormorant, Little Egret, 'Mediterranean' Shag and Yellow-legged Gull at Son Real
Alcudia old city wall
'old' Alcudia
Talaia d'Alcudia
'Balearic' Crossbill

Yellow-legged Gull at La Victoria
Mediterranean Flycatcher at La Victoria

Balearic Warbler in the Boquer Valley

Boquer Valley looking south
Boquer Valley looking south
view west from Cap Formentor
spectacular scenery but cars queueing almost a km down the road to get in the small car park was very off-putting
Cap Formentor from Talaia d'Alcudia

Alcudia from Talaia d'Alcudia
Talaia d'Alcudia

view from our window at La Victoria
Osprey at Albufera
Western Swamphen at Albufera
Marbled Duck at Albufera
Stone Curlew at Albufera
Red-knobbed Coot at Albufera
Colour-ringed Red-knobbed Coot. This one could have been read if placed on its leg.
Megan at Foundation Pilar i Joan Miro
one of the exhibits
Palmer from Castell de Bellver
Mediterranean Flycatcher at Castell de Bellver
Palma Cathedral
Megan in Palma

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