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Flag Purple Heron S'Albufera                                                                                           


I spent a week in Mallorca with my wife and daughter staying in Prinshotel La Dorada, which overlooks the S’Albufera Natural Park. Handy because you can see the reserve from the balcony of the hotel, birding as you eat your breakfast!
My family set up base camp at the hotel pool which left me free to go birding each day. I went to three local areas, S’Albufera, Bocquer Valley and Son Real.

The weather all week was basically sunny with some clouds, a decent spell when you consider our visit in 2013 roughly at the same time, we had three days of wind and rain, so we were thankful for the much improved weather in 2014. Apart from two morning trips to the Bocquer and Son Real I spent the rest of the trip in the S’Albufera and the local surroundings.


English NameSpeciesAreaNotes
Cory’s ShearwaterCalonectris diomedeaAlcudia Bay20+ seen on the 7th at the headland.
GadwallAnas streperaS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
MallardAnas platyrchynchosS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Marbled DuckMarmaronetta augustirostisSes SalinetesBirds were seen all week in the park, but only glimpes of them flying over the reeds. However they were more visible at the  ponds in the Ses Salinetes area of the Park. 2-3 birds visiting there early in  the  mornings to feed, almost daily.
PochardAythya ferinaS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Red-crested PochardAythya ferinaS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
ShelduckTadorna tadornaS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
ShovelerAnas clypeataS’AlbuferaSeen twice in Park.
TealAnas creccaS’AlbuferaSeen twice in Park.
Red-Legged PartridgeAlectoris rufaSon Bosc3 birds.
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusS’AlbuferaA pair were seen on main channel 4-8th.
Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo sinensisSon Real3 birds seen on 5th May.
ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestiiSon RealSeveral seen on 5th May.
Little BitternIxobrychus miutusS’AlbuferaAs for the Marbled Duck, everday I got glimpses of the birds but luckily at the main bridge over the channel, on the 7th a bird emerged for a few minutes and gave excellent views to several birders nearby.
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Great White EgretArdea albaS’AlbuferaOne bird seen on the 7th May.
Little EgretEgretta garzettaS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Grey HeronArdea cinereaS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticoraxS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Purple Heron  Ardea purpureaS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloidesS’AlbuferaCommon, seen all week.
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusS’AlbuferaOne seen on the 8th droppping in to roost.
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaS’AlbuferaThree birds were present all week and seen mainly in and around the Sa Roca hides. Sometimes coming within 30m of the hide and giving birders excellent views.
OspreyPandion haliaetusS’AlbuferaSeen almost daily in the Park.
Honey BuzzardPernis apivorusS’AlbuferaHad to wait until the 9th, my last day to see this raptor. It was two dutch birders who initially saw some birds soaring on a thermal and when I looked up I saw at least seven of these birds gaining height to cross over the Traumuntana.
Booted EagleAquila pennata Bocquer ValleySeen briefly on the 6th gliding over valley.
Golden  EagleAquila chrysaetosS’AlbuferaA bird frequented the reserve all week.
Spanish Imperial EagleAquila adalbertiBocquer ValleyImmature seen on 6th soaring with vultures.
Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusS’AlbuferaWidespread in S’Albufera, seen daily.
Black KiteMilvus migransBocquer ValleyOne on the 6th.
Red KiteMilvus milvusS’AlbuferaOne bird seen in Park on the 5th.
Black VultureAegypius monachusBocquer ValleyThree  birds seen on the 6th.
Griffon VultureGyps fulvousBocquer ValleyFour birds seen on the 6th.
Eleonora’s FalconFalco eleonoraeS’AlbuferaOne of the iconic birds of Mallorca, seen daily in the park, maximum of 4 on the 7th.
PeregrineFalco peregrinusBocquer ValleyOne bird on the 6th gliding across valley.
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusAlcudia BayAn unexpected surprise, not only one but two birds turned up. A female was in Son Bosc area on the 4th, on the 7th a 2y male flew across Alcudia Bay, migrating north.
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculusS’AlbuferaSeveral birds seen in and around Park.
Eurasian CootFulica atraS’AlbuferaSeen daily in S’Albufera.
Red-knobbed CootFulica cristataS’AlbuferaSeen daily in S’Albufera.
Purple GallinulePorphyrio porphyrioS’AlbuferaSeen daily in S’Albufera.
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropusS’AlbuferaSeen daily in S’Albufera.
Water RailRallus aquaticusS’AlbuferaHeard daily seen on the 4th.
AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaSes SalinetesTwo birds seen on 6th.
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusS’AlbuferaWidespread in S’Albufera, seen daily.
Stone CurlewBurhinus oedicnemusSon BoscNot as easy to find this year as it was in 2013. But eventually I found three birds behind a fenced-off area in the Son Bosc area.
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinusS’AlbuferaWidespread in S’Albufera, seen daily.
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusS’AlbuferaWidespread in S’Albufera, seen daily.
GreenshankTringa nebulariaS’AlbuferaTwo birds present all week.
RuffPhilomachus pugnaxS’AlbuferaOne bird seen in Park on the 3rd.
SanderlingCalidris albaDepuradoraTwo birds seen on the 4th.
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosS’AlbuferaSeen daily in S’Albufera.
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaS’AlbuferaOne bird seen on the 6th at the Sa Roca hide.
Green SandpiperTringa ochropusDepuradoraThree birds seen on the 4th.
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaS’AlbuferaBirds seen daily in reserve.
Little StintCalidris minutaS’AlbuferaTwo birds seen from 4-6th at Sa Roca hide.
Audouin’s GullLarus audouiniiS’AlbuferaWidespread in area seen daily.
Black-headed GullLarus ridibundusS’AlbuferaBirds seen daily in reserve.
Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellisS’AlbuferaWidespread in area seen daily.
Common TernSterna hirundoS’AlbuferaNow breeding in area, seen daily in reserve.
Sandwich TernSterna sandvicensisAlcudia BayCommon in bay.
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridusS’AlbuferaSeen from the 5-8th in the park. An unexpected bonus, often giving excellent views from the hides.
Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoSon BoscSeveral seen during the week.
Rock DoveColumba liviaBocquer ValleySeveral seen on 6th.
Wood PigeonColumba palumbusS’AlbuferaWidespread.
Common SwiftApus apusS’AlbuferaWidespread.
Pallid SwiftApus pallidusBocquer ValleySeveral seen on 6th.
Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsSon BoscCommon in area.
European Bee-eaterMerops apiasterSon BoscColony of 20 in area.
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaSon BoscFive birds seen during the week.
Thekla LarkGalerida theklaeSon Bosc Three birds seen in the area, getting scarcer.
Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaS’AlbuferaWidespread.
Tawny PipitAnthus petrosusSon BoscTwo birds seen over the week.
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava iberiaeS’AlbuferaCommon in S’Albufera Park. Quite a few birds seen at the east end of the reserve where the cattle and horses where grazing in the water meadow.
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusSon BoscTwo birds seen in the grounds of the STW.
European StonechatSaxicola torquatus rubicolaS’AlbuferaCommon in S’Albufera Park.
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheSes SalinetesOne bird seen on the 6th at the pools.
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitariusBocquer ValleyPair seen at entrance to valley on the 6th.
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidisS’AlbuferaCommon in S’Albufera Park.
BlackcapSylvia atricapillaSon BoscA pair was spotted near the bus depot.
NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosS’AlbuferaWidespread in reserve.
Cetti’s WarblerCettia cettiS’AlbuferaWidespread in reserve.
Moustached WarblerAcrocephalus melanopogonS’AlbuferaWidespread but difficult, two birds seen.
Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusS’AlbuferaWidespread in reserve.
Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceusS’AlbuferaWidespread in reserve.
Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephalaS’AlbuferaWidespread in reserve.
Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaS’AlbuferaOne female seen on the 9th.
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata iberiaeSon BoscCommon in and around S’Albufera.
Great TitParus majorSon BoscWidespread in reserve.
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorSon BoscCommon in and around S’Albufera.
RavenCorvus coraxSon BoscThree birds seen flying overhead.
House SparrowPasser domesticusS’AlbuferaCommon in and around S’Albufera.
GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisS’AlbuferaCommon in and around S’Albufera.
GreenfinchCarduelis chlorisS’AlbuferaCommon in and around S’Albufera.
SerinSerinus serinusS’AlbuferaCommon in and around S’Albufera.
LinnetCarduelis cannabinaSon BoscCommon in and around S’Albufera.
Cirl BuntingEmberiza ciriusBocquer ValleyOne male seen.
Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraSon BoscCommon in and around S’Albufera.
Nightingale            Cetti's Warbler