Birdwatching in Mallorca – especially in the Eastern Part of the Island
(Islas Baleares, Spain)

February 16 – 26, 2011

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Trip Reports

 

 

   

Species List
Ringed Birds

 
 
Introduction

From February 16 – 26, 2011 I spent 8 days in Mallorca for birdwatching. Accommodated in a hotel in Alcúdia I visited the Parc Natural de s'Albufera, the Reserva Natural de s'Albufereta, the peninsula Formentor, Bóquer Valley, the beach of Port de Pollença, the Salinas de Levante (Salobrar de Campos), and the protected area of Finca Son Real near Ca'n Picafort.

Itinerary
September 19, 2010: Flight with EasyJet from Berlin-Schönefeld to Palma de Mallorca. Arrival at 14:45. Take-over of the prepaid rented car from Goldcar. Drive on Autovia Ma-13 to Alcúdia. Accomodation in the Hotel Alcúdi-Mar for the next 7 nights.
September 20, 2010: From 10:15 until 16:00 birdwatching in the Parc Natural de s'Albufera.
September 21, 2010: From 10:45 until 18:00 birdwatching in the Parc Natural de s'Albufera.
September 22, 2010: Drive from Alcúdia on the roads Ma-2220 and Ma-2202 to the Reserva Natural de s'Albufereta. Approach to the wetland from the road along the western edge of the Reserva. In the afternoon hiking tour into the Reserva on a public way from the Restaurante Ca'n Cuarassa at the road Ma-2220.
September 23, 2010: Drive on the roads Ma-3410, Ma-3340, Ma-3320, Ma-15, Ma-5040, and Ma 6040 via Ca'n Picafort, Santa Margalida, Petra, Vilafranca de Bonany, Porreres, and Campos to the Salinas de Levante (Salobrar de Campos). Birdwatching in the saltworks from 13:30 until 17:30 from the track along the northern edge and the road to Platja des Trenc.
September 24, 2010: Drive from Alcúdia on the roads Ma-2220 and 2210 to the Formentor peninsula. Birdwatching from the vantage point a kilometre 5 of road Ma 2210 and in the surroundings of Cases Velles at kilometre 11. In the afternoon hiking tour in the Bóquer Valley, in the evening birdwatching at the beach of Port de Polença.
September 25, 2010: Drive from Alcúdia on road Ma-12 via Ca'n Picafort to Finca Son Real at kilometre 17,5. Hiking tour across the woodland and along the coastline. In the afternoon once again visit of the Parc Natural de s'Albufera.
September 26, 2010: I
n the morning drive on the Autovia Ma-13 from Alcúdia to the airport of Palma de Mallorca. Direct flight witn EasyJet to Berlin-Schönefeld. Arrival at 12:45.

Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken by a Canon EOS 1D Mark III in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used
Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book corresponds to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
Maties Rebassa, Josep Manchado, José Luís Martínez, Sebastià Torrens, Carmen Oriola, A Birding Tourist's Guide to Majorca, Artes Gráficas de Baleares S.L.U., First Edition 2009, ISBN 978-84-613-5793-2
Eddie Watkinson, A Guide to Bird-Watching in Mallorca, 2nd Edition, Published by J. G. Sanders, 1986, ISBN 0 946760 01 2.
Dave Gosney, Finding Birds in Mallorca, Revised Edition, Published by Gostour, 1996, ISBN 1 8981 10 09 3.
Joan Mayol Serra, The Birds of the Balearic Islands, Editorial Moll, Mallorca 1990, ISBN 84-273-0561-3.

Maps for the orientation in the area
Mallorca, scale 1 : 75 000, Kompass Wander-, Radtouren-, Freizeit- und Straßenkarte 230.
Mallorca, scale 1 : 150 000 , World Mapping Project, Reise Know-How Verlag, Bielefeld.


Links to Birding in Mallorca
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/spain_balearic_islands.html


Excursions

17.02.2011, 09:00
Port d'Alcúdia, around the Hotel Estrella de Mar, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Estrella de Mar.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
3 (at least), calling.

17.02.2011, 10:15-15:00
Albufera, Parc Natural, Gran Canal, Mallorca (Spain)
10 – 15 °C, fair.
The following species were observed during a walk along the Gran Canal.
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticórax nycticórax, Nachtreiher):
13, roosting on trees at the gran canal.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
6, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, on the track.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
25, swimming.
Crested Coot (Fúlica cristáta, Kammbläßhuhn):
2, swimming. One of the birds was marked with a neck band (IN6).
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
3
, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, on the track.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
3 (at least), singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, on a tree.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2 female, on the track.
Rabbit (Oryctólagus cunículus, Wildkaninchen):
1, near the information centre.

P105-0920
Albufera, Parc Natural, path along the Gran Canal, Mallorca (Spain)
(17.02.2011)

17.02.2011, 10:45-14:00
Albufera, Parc Natural, Bishop Hide 1, Mallorca (Spain)
12 – 15 °C, fair.
The following 21 bird species were observed on the water expanses in front of the hide.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
30, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, in shallow water.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
200 (at least), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10, roosting or swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan): 1, flying over the reedbeds.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
6, at least, in reedbeds or in shallow water.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
100 (at least), swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
30, in shallow water or roosting on sands.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
4, on sands.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
200
(at least), roosting on wetland.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
4, on wetland.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
6, in shallow water.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
2, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, on sands.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on wetland.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, on a tree.

 

P-105-0924 and P105-0930
Albufera, Parc Natural, view from Bishop Hide 1, Mallorca (Spain)
(17.02.2011)

17.02.2011, 14:00
Albufera, Parc Natural, Bishop Hide 2, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses in front of the hide.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, roosting.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
100 (at least), swimming or roosting.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (at least), roosting.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
6, swimming.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
1, flying off.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10, swimming.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
200
(at least), roosting on wetland.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, in shallow water.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
1, in shallow water.

18.02.2011, 09:30
Port d'Alcúdia, around the Hotel Estrella de Mar, Mallorca (Spain)
12 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Estrella de Mar.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 female, roosting on the roof of a hotel.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, in a garden.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, in a garden.

18.02.2011, 10:15-11:15
Formentor, road Ma-2210, vantage point at km 5, Mallorca (Spain)
12 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the vantage point at kilometre 5 of road MA-2210.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), flying westwards along the cliffs.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
2, on the ground.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1, the mountainous vegetation.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, the mountainous vegetation.

 

P105-0946 and P105-0955
Formentor, road Ma-2210, view from vantage point at km 5, Mallorca (Spain)
(18.02.2011)

18.02.2011, 11:45-12:40
Formentor, surroundings of the lighthouse, Mallorca (Spain)
12 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the lighthouse of the Formentor peninsula.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5, flying.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1 female, near the lighthouse.

 

P105-0968, P105-0966, P105-0973
Formentor, the lighthouse and its surroundings, Mallorca (Spain)
(18.02.2011)

18.02.2011, 12:55-13:00
Formentor, road Ma-2210, vantage point at km 17, Mallorca (Spain)
12 °C, sunny.
The following bird species was observed from the vantage point at kilometre 17 of road MA-2210.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5, flying.

P105-0993
Formentor, road Ma-2210, view from vantage point at km 17, Mallorca (Spain)
(18.02.2011)

18.02.2011, 13:15-13:40
Formentor, Cases Velles (Casas Veyas), Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the area of Cases Velles at kilometre 11 of road MA-2210. There seems to be no access to the area on both sides of the road.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20, flying off.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, on a fig tree.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
2, on the ground under the fig trees.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, flying.

P105-0995
Formentor, surroundings of Cases Velles (Casas Veyas), Mallorca (Spain)
(18.02.2011)

18.02.2011, 13:45-14:15
Formentor, beach at the Hotel Formentor, Mallorca (Spain)
14 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the beach of Hotel Formentor at kilometre 9 of road MA-2210.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20, swimming or roosting on cliffs.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
25, on the beach.

 

P106-0001 and P106-0999
Formentor, beach at the Hotel Formentor, Mallorca (Spain)
(18.02.2011)

18.02.2011, 14:30-15:05
Formentor, Albercutx watchtower, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species was observed in the surroundings of the Albercutx watchtower (Talaia d'Albercutx).
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, on the road to the watchtower.

 

P106-0006, P106-0002, and P106-0003
Formentor, watchtower of Albercutx , Mallorca (Spain)
(18.02.2011)

 

P106-0010 and P106-0011
Friar's Cowl (Arisarum vulgare, Gemeiner Krummstab)
(18.02.2011)

119.02.2011, 10:15-12:15
Maria de la Salút, farmland along road Ma-3513, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
Along the route, described by M. Rebassa, J. Manchado, L. Martinez, S. Torrens, and C. Oriola in A Birding Tourist's Guide to Majorca, Artes Gráficas de Baleares, Palma 2009, page 50 – 55 the following birdspecies were observed on farmland north-west from Maria de la Salút.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
1, flying over the farmland.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
4, perching on small rocks or on a tree.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
6 (2 + 4), on farmland.
Thekla Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, on a small rock.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
5, on farmland, flying off.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
5 (at least), on shrubs.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), on farmland.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
3, at a ditch.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
5 (at least), on shrubs.

19.02.2011, 13:15-15:15
Portocolom, Garrigue around S'Algar, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the garrigue and on the coastal cliffs of S'Algar.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
2, flying close to water without interspersed short glides.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, on a powerline.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
1, flying, near the cliffs.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, on a shrub.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
4 (at least), 1 male, 3 females, on the ground or on cliffs.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
10 (at least), on shrubs.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
5 (at least), in shrubs or on the ground.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
4 (at least), in the garrigue.
Marmora’s Warbler (Sylvia sarda, Sardengrasmücke):
1 (at least), small grey warbler in the garrigue. Contrast between head and throat much less significant as with Sardinian Warbler.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), on shrubs or on the ground.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, foraging on the ground.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, flying.

 

 

P106-0042, P106-0047, P106-0049, and P106-0052,
Portocolom, Garrigue around S'Algar, Mallorca (Spain)
(19.02.2011)

19.02.2011, 15:25-15:55
Portocolom, habour and lighthouse, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in Portocolom in the surroundings of the harbour and the lighthouse.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, diving in the harbour.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, on a tree.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5 (at least), near the lighthouse.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, perched on a powerline.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, flying.

 

P106-0053 and P106-0058
Portocolom, lighthouse and harbour, Mallorca (Spain)
(19.02.2011)

19.02.2011, 17:00
Port d'Alcúdia, around the Hotel Estrella de Mar, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Estrella de Mar.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, on a balkony.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.

20.02.2011, 08:45
Port d'Alcúdia, around the Hotel Estrella de Mar, Mallorca (Spain)
13 °C, overcast, rainy.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Estrella de Mar.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, on the roof of the neighbouring hotel.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
2, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on the carpark.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
3 (at least), in a garden.

20.02.2011, 11:15-12:30
Albufera, Old Saltworks, Mallorca (Spain)
13 °C, overcast, rainy.
At kilometre 24.8 of road Ma-12 is a small car park on the right side (seen from Alcúdia). There is place for five or six cars. From this point an acceptable path leads into the area between the pans of the old saltworks and large reedbeds. – During the walk along this path the following bird species were observed.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
30, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
5, swimming. One of these birds was partially albinotic.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
21 (9 + 12), flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
50, flying over the reedbeds and water expanses.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
3 (at lest), in the reedbeds.
Moustached Warbler (Acrocéphalus melanopogon, Mariskenrohrsänger):
2, singing. The song resembles ??? the song of a Reed Warbler starting with dü-dü-dü-dü-dü.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
3 (at least), singing.

20.02.2011, 12:30
Albufera, Depuradora, Mallorca (Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
Searching for the sewage plant, which I visited in 1997 at the southern end of the Natural Park, we found a modern water purification plant without open basins. – Nevertheless, the following bird species were observed in the surroundings of this plant.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, on the roof of a barn.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5, on the road or on a power line.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, near a farm.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), along the road.

20.02.2011, 14:00-16:00
Lluc, surroundings of the monastir, Mallorca (Spain)
16 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surrounding of the monastir.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, on the ground.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
3 (at least), on the ground (and many others singing).
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, in the park.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on the roof of the monastir.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), on trees or on the ground.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
10, on the ground.

20.02.2011, 16:30
Port de Pollença, beach, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the stone barrier at the beach of Port de Pollença.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
8 ad., roosting on the barrier.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
2, roosting on the barrier.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, swimming.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
3, roosting on the barrier.

21.02.2011, 07:30
Port d'Alcúdia, around the Hotel Estrella de Mar, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the hotel.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, copulating on a roof.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), in a garden.

21.02.2011, 10:45-11:35
Albufera, Old Saltworks, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the old saltworks in the southern part of the Albufera Natural Park.
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticórax nycticórax, Nachtreiher):
1 juv., flying (Stefan).
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
5, swimming. One of the birds was partly albinotic.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
3, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the edge of a saltpan.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2 (at least), one of them on a powerline, the other in a reedbed.
Moustached Warbler (Acrocéphalus melanopogon, Mariskenrohrsänger):
1 (at least), singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
3 (at least), singing.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
1 female, on a powerline.
Weasel (Mustéla nivális, Mauswiesel):
1, on the track.

21.02.2011, 11:50-13:50
Alcúdia, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, fair.
Arriving from road Ma-3431 we parked the car near the sewage plant and entered the Natural Park from the south. – The following 25 bird species were observed in the southern part of the Natural Park.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming on a ditch.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying over wetland.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
1, flying over the reedbeds.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
50, flying-off.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
50, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
50, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 male, flying. Black wingtips.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, perched on a tree.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1 (of the dark morph), soaring. This bird was attacked by a Common Raven.
Water-Rail (Rallus aquáticus, Wasserralle):
1, calling in a reedbed.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
1, on a track.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
100 (at least), swimming.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
4, on grassland.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
2, flying off.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, on ruined farmhouse.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on the roof of a house.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
1, on grassland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on grassland.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2, on shrubs.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, attacking a Booted Eagle.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), near a ruined farmhouse.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
4, flying.

21.02.2011, 15:30-17:15
Puszta east of Cserepes, Hajdu-Bihar Megye (Hungary)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird Species were observed in the protected area of Punta de n'Amer.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, swimming.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
3, on the stony beach.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, 2 of them flying
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on a stone wall.
Thekla Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
2, sandbathing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
4, flying or on shrubs.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
5, flying.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
3 (at least), on shrubs.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a shrub.

22.02.2011, 09:50-10:50
Albufera, Parc Natural, Gran Canal, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed along the Gran Canal.
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticórax nycticórax, Nachtreiher):
10 (at least), roosting on trees at the Gran Canal.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
4, swimming.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1 (of the light morphe), flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
4, 1 calling, 3 flying.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, at the Central Bridge.
Moustached Warbler (Acrocéphalus melanopogon, Mariskenrohrsänger):
3 (at least), singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), near the information centre.

22.02.2011, 10:50
Albufera, Parc Natural, Watkinson Hide, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
The Watkinson hide is siituated at the southen side of the Gran Canal about 100 m fron the central bridge. – The following bird species were observed from the hide on the Gran Canal.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10, swimming.

22.02.2011, 11:20-12:15
Albufera, Parc Natural, Bishop Hide 1, Mallorca (Spain)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses in front of the hide.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
47, roosting on sands or on posts.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, on wetland.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
200, swimming or roosting on wetland.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
2 males, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, in shallow water.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
30 (at least), swimming.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
29, roosting in shallow water.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
200
, roosting on wetland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
8, roosting on wetland.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
3, in shallow water.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
3, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, swimming.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
2, singing.

22.02.2011, 12:20-14:40
Albufera, Camí des Senyals, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, fair.
Cami des Senyals is the track from the central bridge to Observatorio de Es Colombars, a hide opposite to the power station. – The following bird species were observed during the walk to the hide.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, on wetland.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on wetland.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying over wetland.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
3, on wetland.
Crested Coot (Fúlica cristáta, Kammbläßhuhn):
2, swimming on a channel. One of the birds was ringed (XXXX).
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
3, flying.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
2, singing.

22.02.2011, 13:00
Albufera, southern part of the Parc Natural, Mallorca (Spain)
15 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses in front of the hide Es Colombars.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
8, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
8, roosting.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Water-Rail (Rallus aquáticus, Wasserralle):
1, calling.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
7, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, swimming.

22.02.2011, 15:00-16:00
Albufera, Parc Natural, Hide Es Ras, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses in front of the hide Es Ras.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
50 (at least), swimming or roosting on wetland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (at least), swimming or roosting on wetland.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
50 (at least), swimming or roosting on wetland.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
6, on wetland.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10 (at least), swimming or roosting on wetland.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1 (at least), on wetland.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
20 (at least), on wetland.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
20 (at least), on wetland.
Temminck’s Stint (Calídris temmínckii, Temminckstrandläufer):
1 (at least), on wetland.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
20 (at least), on wetland.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10, roosting on sands.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
20, flying.

23.02.2011, 10:50-11:50
Albufera, Old Saltworks, Mallorca (Spain)
13 – 16 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of the old saltworks at kilometre 24,8 of road Ma-12 (N 39:46:46; E 03:07:55).
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
5, swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
6, swimming. Among these birds was a partly albinotic one.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1, on a power line.

23.02.2011, 13:30-16:00
Salinas de Levante, from the northern track, Mallorca (Spain)
16 °C, fair.
We parked the car at the three palmes (Tres Palmas, N 39:21:21; E 03:00:48). – The following 22 bird species were observed on the water expanses of the saltworks.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
88, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, on wetland.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
14, on wetland.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
30, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
17, 2 of them swimming, 15 flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
50, flying.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Osprey (Pándion haliáëtus, Fischadler):
2 (at least), flying or roosting on posts.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
1, flying.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, on sands.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
7, on sands.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
15, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
43, in shallow water. Diagnostic white hind-wing visible.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
30 (10 + 20), swimming.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the water's edge.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2, on shrubs.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on a dam.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub

23.02.2011, 15:20-16:10
Salinas de Levante, from the public track to Trenc, Mallorca (Spain)
16 °C, overcast.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
7, in shallow water. Two of the birds were ringed (M164 and M437).
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
3, in shallow water.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
20, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water. The diagnostic white hind-wing was visible
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.

24.02.2011, 09:40-13:00
Bóquer Valley, Mallorca (Spain)
11 °C, sunny.
From the car park (N 39:54:47; E 03:05:01) at the roundabout at kilometre 60 of the road Urbanització de Boquer we walked through the valley until we could see the sea. – The following bird sppecies were observed.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1 (of the light morphe), flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, soaring over the valley.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
2, flying.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
2, in shrubs.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
10 (at least), along the track.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
3, on cliffs.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
5 (at least), in shrubs along the track.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, roosting on a cliff.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), near the farmhouses.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1, flying (yellow rump visible).

24.02.2011, 15:30
Alcúdia, Lago Esperanza, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The lake was reached from the main road Ma-12 by turning off into Calle de los Savinas. – The following bird species were observed.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, roosting on a small island.
Osprey (Pándion haliáëtus, Fischadler):
1, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, swimming.

24.02.2011, 15:40-17:20
Albufera, Parc Natural, Gran Canal, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, fair.
I parked the car on the car park (N 39:47:57; E 03:07:09) and walked along the Gran Canal into the Natural Park.
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticórax nycticórax, Nachtreiher):
10, roosting in shrubs along the channel.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
10 (5,5), swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, on the track.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1, swimming.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
2, swimming.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Moustached Warbler (Acrocéphalus melanopogon, Mariskenrohrsänger):
1 (at least), singing in a reedbed.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
2, singing.
Rabbit (Oryctólagus cunículus, Wildkaninchen):
1, on the track.

24.02.2011, 16:00-17:20
Albufera, Parc Natural, Hide Es Ras, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the hide Es Ras.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
100 (at least), swimming or on wetland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
50 (at least), swimming or on wetland.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
100 (at least), swimming or on wetland.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
20 (at least), on wetland.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
50 (at least), swimming or on wetlan.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
2, in shalllow water.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
3, on wetland.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
100 (at least), in shallow water or on wetland.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
50 (at least), in shallow water or on wetland.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
7, roosting on sands.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.

24.02.2011, 18:00
Albufera, Old Saltworks, Mallorca (Spain)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the car park on the first bassin of the old saltwork.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
3, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
7 (among them a partly albinotic one), swimming.

25.02.2011, 11:00-12:15
Maria de la Salút, farmland along road Ma-3513, Mallorca (Spain)
17 °C, fair.
We came a second time to this place, because we intended to harvest some almond of last year, which still were hanging on the almond trees. – The following bird species were observed on the farmland.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
2, on farmland.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
3, roosting on stones or in the window of an abandoned farmhouse.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
7 (2 + 2 + 3), on farmland.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
7, roosting on farmland.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1, on a shrub.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, on a tree.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), near an old farmhouse.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a shrub.

25.02.2011, 13:00-15:15
BetlemPunta des Caló, Mallorca (Spain)
17 °C, fair.
For the transport of the optical devices I used a beach rolly. The track, however, was not very suited for this purpose.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, roosting on a cliff.
Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
1 juv., roosting on a cliff.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), most of them flying along the slope of the mountains, 3 also swimming on the sea.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
4, roosting on pines.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying-off.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
1, flying.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, singing. One of the birds was also seen.

25.02.2011, 15:45
Albufera, Old Saltworks, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the first saltpan.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming and diving.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
3, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, on the track.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
7, swimming. One of the birds was partly albinotic.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, on the water's edge.

25.02.2011, 18:00
Port d'Alcúdia, around the Hotel Estrella de Mar, Mallorca (Spain)
18 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Estrella de Mar.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.

26.02.2011, 11:15-15:45
Palma de Mallorca, town centre, Mallorca (Spain)
16 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the town centre of Palma de Mallorca, especially in the surroundings of the Cathedral.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
15, roosting in a pond in the Parc de la Mar.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water near the habour.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, on a water bassin near the Cathedral.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
8, swimming on the pond in the Parc de la Mar.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20, flying or on the ground.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), around the Cathedral.

 

 
     
 

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