Monday, 24 April 2017

Mallorca - Birding on the Formentor Peninsular

On day three of our holiday we visited the Formentor peninsular on the north east corner of the island. A really nice area which combined spectacular scenery, good birding and a nice beach!

Birding-wise our target was Balearic Warbler and again we were surprised how easy it was. We found a song-flighting male by the track up to the Talaia de Albercutx. The viewpoint here was also productive with a showy pair of Blue Rock Thrush, 2+ Crag Martins, a Booted Eagle and 3 Balearic Shearwaters offshore.

Working our way towards the lighthouse gave us several brookei Peregrines and a few Crossbills. The light house itself was actually quite quiet with just a couple of Crag Martins, though around the beach there were a lot of confiding Firecrests, and a Audouin's Gull flew along the beach - a welcome first for the trip though we were left wanting better views.

Next blog post will be about birding around Albufereta...

Balearic Warbler

Crag Martin
Blue Rock Thrush
And a few landscapes taken on my phone...

Formentor beach
Looking back towards Puerto Pollensa
Looking back from the lighthouse
Looking south from the point
Balearic Warbler habitat!

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