Mallorca October 2022

Our autumn birding tour to Mallorca offers the perfect introduction to birdwatching in the Mediterranean. The mountains, marshes, woods, and spectacular cliff coasts of this immensely varied Balearic island is home to some exciting South European species, but our trip is also timed so we can enjoy some autumnal sunshine but also marvel at the southbound migration as thousands of birds pass through to rest and feed before continuing on to Africa.

Autumn is also the best time for Eleonora’s Falcons as the adults’ time their breeding to coincide with the peak of the autumn migration and we can expect to see them busily chasing migrants to feed their young.

 

No less impressive are the huge Cinereous (Black) Vultures which soar over the island’s limestone hills, whilst we will also search for skulking Sardinian and endemic Balearic Warblers which can be found in the scrubby vegetation.

 

By staying beside the northeast coast at Puerto Pollensa, we shall be within easy reach of most of the island’s best birding locations. We plan to explore the famous Boquer Valley, watching for migrants and birds of prey, as well as visiting the island’s two key wetlands, Albufereta marsh and S’Albufera de Mallorca, in search of Moustached Warbler, Marbled Duck, Red-knobbed Coots and Western Swamphens. On another day, we will drive up into the Tramuntanas Mountains seeking the immense Cinereous Vulture and pay a visit to the coast at Cala San Vicente, where migrants arrive in the trees and Balearic Warblers creep through the maquis.

 

To the East, the cliffs of the Formentor Peninsula are spectacular and, from the tip, Balearic and Scopoli’s Shearwaters may be seen passing offshore. At the opposite end of the island, we will visit the Salinas de Levante, a series of saltpans where Greater Flamingos strut and passage waders stop to refuel. Nearby at Cabo de Salinas, the dry fields can be good for Stone-curlew and the headland offers another chance for shearwaters and Balearic Warbler and small clumps of pine are attractive to migrant Pied, Spotted and Mediterranean Flycatchers, as well as Wrynecks and Woodchat Shrikes.

 

Mallorca is an ideal destination for those who may be new to birding in Southern Europe and wanting to enjoy some of the best and most exciting Mediterranean species. It is, however, also a fantastic holiday for anyone eager to experience the thrill of autumn migration, or simply looking for a short autumn break that is packed with great birds. The pace is gentle, with warming autumn sun and rewarding birdwatching under the excellent tutelage of our top rated, English-speaking Spanish specialist Fernando Enrique.

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