Mallorca – 7th – 14th June 2011
For list of birds seen on this trip click here
A family trip with no serious birdwatching. Nonetheless, birding was done as part of trips out and about on the island. We were based in the north east of the island at Alcudia, staying on an all inclusive basis at Club Pollensa. It is a place I have stayed previously and can recommend it for its location and facilities.
Weather was reasonable but cool on arrival. Warmed up during the week but intermittent cloud all days and some ran / thunderstorms at times.
One of the former target birds for a trip to Mallorca, Audouin’s Gull, can easily be encountered on the beach either immediately outside the Club Pollensa or further along the beach at Porto Pollensa. Similarly, Purple Gallinule, Crested Coot and Marbled Duck are all straightforward to see at Albufera now. It was also delightful to see the Eleonora’s Falcons from the grounds of the Club Pollensa, each evening at dusk, gathering to feed on dragonflies over the Albufereta reserve which backs onto Club Pollensa.
Wednesday 7th June 2011
Depart Manchester airport for Palma, Mallorca. Collect hire car and drive to Club Pollensa, arriving around lunchtime local time.
Thursday 8th June 2011
Visit to caves of drach on south east coast in morning and Formentor peninsula including lighthouse in afternoon.
Friday 9th June 2011
Pre breakfast walk around Albufera marsh reserve then after breakfast to Soller, via mountain route including Lluc monastery. Return by same route.
Saturday 10th June 2011
Early morning trip to Albufera marsh reserve then afternoon trip to Port Pollensa.
Sunday 11th June 2011
Another walk around Albufera reserve then afternoon trip to Cala san Vicente.
Monday 12th June 2011
Trip to Palma and visit to the cathedral and Castel de Belvoir, then return to Alcudia.
Tuesday 13th June 2011
Visit to Manacor and Inca returning Alcudia mid afternoon.