Saturday, May 03, 2014

Majorca Saturday

Saturday we decided to take a walk around the Cuber Reservoir. This large body of water is situated within the Tramuntana mountains and is apparently an excellent area for raptors and a selection of rarer warblers, such as Spectacled and Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler.

Sorry! But under duress Dee insisted I put this picture on!
After carving out a parking space, the three car parks were all full, Wryneck and Firecrest could be heard calling but unfortunately in an inaccessible area across from the reserve. After entering the main path we began by searching the area near to the helipad, which is apparently a good place to find Tawny Pipit but sadly drew a blank. Lots of Yellow-legged Gulls on the water, up in the mountains and on the wing, which to be honest can be a hindrance when searching for raptors. Spotted Flycatcher were abundant during our visit, with literally one every 100 yrds or so.

Distant record shot one one of two Griffin Vultures seen during our visit.
The pined areas leading up to the dam itself produced only Chaffinch and Sardinian Warbler and along the waters edge a single Wheatear and a couple of Little-ringed Plover were recorded. We paused for a while atop the dam looking down to the valley which lies below, here Wryneck, Nightingale and a pair of Blackcap. Although the site is recognised as a good raptor area, some references offering at least ten species in a day, we managed just two, Red Kite and Griffin Vulture. So I would certainly have to say that we must have completed the superbly panoramic 4.5 km walk around the reservoir on a really disappointing birding day!

Dee's search was very fruitful!
Dee was a little more successful in here search for her favourite mammals and reptiles, when she came across a couple of Viperine snakes in the shallows!