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2012 News

A Week in Sun

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Hoopoe, Sa Coma, Mallorca
Sorry for the lack of new updates on the site, but with family, work and a holiday there has been very little time.

During May I was lucky enough to spend a week on the island of Mallorca. Based in the east of the island away from the main bird reserves (carefully selected by my wife) I wasn't sure what to expect. Sa Coma is a relatively new resort and check on the map showed the apartments I was staying in was on the northern edge of the town close to a relatively untouched headland. It was nice to see conservation work going on in and around the resort including dune restoration and education boards about the ecology and geology of the area.

Most mornings I rose early (6am) and walked the shore, dunes, scrub and forest habitats and never got bored of the wildlife to be found. Returing for breakfast and spending the day with the family. The main highlights though included:-

Singing Nightingales
Cirl Buntings
Stone Curlews
Hoopoes
Thekla Lark
Short toed Lark
Balearic Woodchat Shrike
Eleonoras Falcon
Orphean Warbler
Western Bonellis Warbler
Sardinian Warbler (very common)
Turtle Dove
Pallid Swift
Cattle Egret
Serin (very common)
Yellow Wagtails (several races)
Audouins Gulls
Moorish Geckos
Brimstone Butterfly
Holly Blue
Painted Lady
Wall Brown
Striped Moth

To see some more photos visit the Trip Reports Gallery.