Mallorca has long been known as one of the best places in the Mediterranean for bird watching, especially in the north close to the resort of Puerto Pollensa (also known as Port de Pollença, Majorca). Twenty years ago it was the number one destination for birding holidays from both the UK and Germany and now in recent years it is established as a top destination again with thousands of visiting birdwatchers.
There are over 300 species recorded with 220 on a regular basis these do include however passing migrants. There also two endemic species being the Balearic Warbler and the Balearic Shearwater but also imagine an island in the spring where hundreds of Eleonora's Falcons arrive with a great selection of Herons in the north including both Purple Heron and Squacco as well as Little Bittern. Crossbills and Firecrest are common and in the mountains Blue Rock Thrush and Cirl Buntings. Mallorca has the only island breeding population of Black Vultures in the world and recently has a breeding population of Griffon Vultures.
Without doubt the best place to stay if you are birdwatching or walking is the fantastic Puerto Pollensa (having its own little reserve of La Gola) as well as the now opened visitors centre for bird tourism on the Island. Puerto Pollensa is situated near to the Albufera Marsh, Boquer Valley and Cap de Formentor as well as the now very popular S’Albufereta including the Can Currassa and also ideal for birding in the Tramuntana. There is no doubt the island is at its best during migrating times as birds make their final rest before completing their journey to breeding grounds or wintering grounds. A great site near Puerto Pollensa is the tower at Albercutx where thousands of migrating birds can be seen especially raptors with huge numbers of Honey Buzzards passing through.
This website is being developed to help all bird watchers visiting the Island to make the most of their stay by providing as much information on both birding and leisure as possible.
Public transport to most of the local sites is both cheap and regular and also some are within taxi distance so another option.
There are many highlights when visiting this stunning Island and a boat trip will give you amazing memories. These are available from both Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia as well as in the south to Cabrera and Dragonera.
Swallows and martins
The Eurasian crag martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris) is a small grey-brown member of the swallow family, found across southern Europe, north Africa. An exceptionally rare visitor to UK skies, crag martins are a common sight in rocky landscapes of southern Spain and Portugal.
Kites, hawks and eagles
Europe’s smallest eagle, the booted eagle, otherwise known as the Booted Hawk Eagle, prefers the warmer climes of southern Europe and south central Asia and whilst not threatened globally, its population within Europe is showing signs of decline.
Known also by the nickname “the pharaoh’s chicken”, the Egyptian vulture is an imposing scavenger seen scouring the skies above North and Saharan Africa, southwestern and Central Asia and southern Europe. Notable for its use of pebbles as tools, Egyptian vultures are classified as an endangered species and populations continue to show concerning declines.
Eleonora’s falcons are polymorphic. That is to say they have two different plumage patterns and colours which are apparent within the single species. They are also monotypic indicating that there are no sub-species.
Kites, hawks and eagles
A member of the sub-family of booted eagles due to its feather covered legs and named after the famous Italian ornithologist Franco Andrea Bonelli, the species is considered endangered across Europe but secure elsewhere within its range.
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