Majorca

In August we went to Majorca. We experienced forgetting my booster seat, even though I reminded my mum, my dad was miles away from the airport by that time. I had to travel around Majorca on a rucksack full of towels.

We stayed at a place called ‘Di Cami Del Cani cili’, near a town called ‘Santa Maria del Cami’. Our first sighting was spotted flycatcher. We had a large swimming pool in our back garden, next to a barbecue. The birds we saw in the back garden were: stonechat, spotted flycatcher, European goldfinch, Northern wryneck, house sparrow, hoopoe, and we heard scops owls at night. Also flying over we saw: booted eagle, eleanora’s falcon, turtle dove, black vulture, and red kite.

Next, we went to Salbufera nature reserve near Pollenca. In the reserve the landscape is marshland and reed bed. There we saw: marsh harrier, nightingale, red knobbed coot, purple gallinule, stone curlew, hoopoe, mallard, wood chat shrike, and black winged stilt.

Next day, we went on a walk near the place we were staying. There we saw crossbills, spotted flycatcher, and red kite.

After we had been to Salbufara, we went to try and see bee -eaters. Suprise, suprise, we didn’t see any.

European bee-eater
The Eurpean bee-eater is one of my favourite birds and one of the most beautiful as well. Anyway, you don’t need to know how beautiful they are, you might see one yourself one day. It’s main prey is in the name, bees of course! Bee-eaters weigh: unknown to me.

After we tried to see bee-eaters, we drove a bit further down that road. We saw a large kestrel – like bird of prey. My mum was convinced they were not kestrels, but I knew they were kestrels of some sought. Still, they were not behaving like the kestrels that we have in Britain. These kestrels did not hover once, and I mean not once. We watched them for ages: they were staying together all the time! We discovered, when we got home, that the lesser kestrel can be found in Majorca, and they hunt together; but the feature that was missing was the distinctive grey panel on the side of the wing.

Lesser kestrel
the lesser kestrel is Europe’s rarest kestrel. It is often seen living and hunting in groupes. They can weigh up to half a kilogram.