Sunday, 11 August 2013

Breeding season and postbreeding migration

   At the beginning of August, when almost all fledglings are already trying to find food by themselves, postbreeding migration has started.

 Fledgling of Blue Rock Thrush waiting for its parents

  The first ones to prepare their voyage are Swallows, Martins and Swifts. But also Waders have already begun their journey to Africa. The increased presence of some of these species on beaches, ponds and wetlands is a clear sign that the journey has begun.
  That's what happens at the pond of Can Guidet, in Son Ferriol (Palma).


   This artificial pond has become an important place for waterfowl and waders to rest and feed.
Black-winged Stilts, Redshanks, Greensandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plovers could be observed these days in this area.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Birdwatching in April and May

These two months are extremely good for birdwatchers.
April and May are best months to observe the pre-breeding migration and  breeding species, so some of us haven't missed the opportunity to go birding and enjoy these moments.
A good advice is to go birding after a storm. Birds should stop and wait for better weather, so it's a excellent opportunity to have high ligths.

In our trips we have been to Formentor Peninsula observing Cory's and Balearic shearwater, Eleonora's falcon, Blue rock trush, Balearic Warbler, Pallid swift, Peregrine falcon, migrants as Wheatear, Willow warbler, Redstar, Whitethroath, Pied flycatcher as main ones.
Once also a family of dolphins was a great surprise.
On the picture, Jose Luis Martínez and Jeff Dixon looking for the Balearic Warbler in Bóquer Valley.
There we could  enjoy a great view of a Cirl bunting.

The North of Mallorca is very interesting for birding. And another place we visited was Mortitx and Cúber reservoire.
There, Black and Griffon Vultures and Booted Eagle are often observed. Tits, Crossbill, Wryneck, Firecrest, Blackcap, etc are some of forest inhabitants.
In May, with Stein Arne, we could observe the Eleonora's falcon hunting insects in flight in Mortitx, and with Gillie and Graham Charlwood, two Honey buzzard flew over us. It was a nice present.

Good photos of Collared Pratincole and Purple Heron were taken by Mike Ashforth (on the right) in s'Albufera Natural Park during another tour.
And in Vilafranca farmlands we could observe very well and take pictures of some Red-footed falcons.
Every year, a group of these specie stays some days resting and feeding in that fields. And this May, Lesser kestrels and short-toed Eagle were observed there too.





On the picture, one female of  Red-footed Falcon we saw in Vilafranca.
Short-toed lark,  Thekla lark, Zitting cisticole or Marsh harrier are some of the birds we could observe there.



During our tours we have been in the south and south-west of Mallorca.
In Cap enderrocat and Cap blanc we observed Balearic warbler, Thekla lark, Tawny Pipit, Audouin's gull, Peregrine falcon as some examples.
And it is a must to stop at Salobrar de Campos.
Chicks of different species everywhere; Avocet, Black winged stilt or Kentish plover were some of them.
We still saw a few Flamingos, three Collared Pratincole, a Gull-billed tern and two Bar-tailed Godwit as migrants.

Thank you very much to those who have shared their time with us: Keith and Mery, Jeff Dixon, Stein Arne, Mike Ashforth, Ralph Mertins, Gillie and Graham Charlwood.



Sunday, 10 February 2013

WONDERS OF WINTER SEASON

This February is being very cold again but not with snow like last year, by the moment.
In spite of this, the cycle of life must continue. Now we can enjoy the almond blossom on the fields all over Mallorca, a natural phenomenon we shouldn't miss.


The beach is a place to visit in winter, too. The swell, harder in this season, modifies the beach every day and gets interesting things out, over the sand.

A small starfish

One dead sea urchin where we can see the Aristotle's lantern inside.

During these weeks, enormous flocks of Starlings are observed. A part of the wintering birds are preparing to come back to the breeding areas. It is known that some species of waders and thrushes for example, begin their migration during the February. 
We believe that there is still much time for spring but nature is already preparing its arrival.

Some orchids are already  flowered like this one from the group of the Dark-Bee Orchid.