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Mallorca’s Wood­chat Shrike are of the Balearic sub­species, ba­dius Let’s start with the one Mal­lor­can re­serve that you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready heard of – Parc Nat­u­ral s’al­bufera, to give it its full name. Sit­u­ated just south of Al­cu­dia, it’s the is­land’s largest wet­land re­serve, and prob­a­bly the largest on any Mediter­ranean is­land. There’s a vis­i­tor cen­tre with toi­lets, marked trails for bird­ers, cy­clists and walk­ers, and sev­eral hides, mak­ing it par­tic­u­larly user-friendly for bird­watch­ers with fam­i­lies in tow, or any­one drop­ping in for a day’s bird­ing as part of a more gen­eral hol­i­day. The habi­tats in­clude salt­marsh, reedbeds, fresh­wa­ter la­goons and pools, plus conifer wood­land and tamarisk groves, and these bring the cor­re­spond­ing va­ri­ety of species that you’d ex­pect. In spring and au­tumn, a wide range of waders pass through, and it’s also a good place to look for herons, with Pur­ple, Night and Squacco all present. Wood­chat Shrikes (of the western Mediter­ranean ba­dius race) perch atop bushes and scrub on the look­out for prey, while com­mon war­blers in­clude Mous­tached and Cetti’s. Nightin­gales should also be heard in spring and sum­mer, and check ev­ery Yel­low Wag­tail you see – the Blue-headed (flava) race is reg­u­lar here.

GET­TING THERE If you’re stay­ing in Puerto Pol­lensa or Al­cu­dia, you can use the TIB buses (352/353) that run fre­quently be­tween Puerto Pol­lensa and Can Pi­quafort. These stop at Playa Muro, just out­side the re­serve’s en­trance. If you’re driv­ing, there is a very small car park, but also park­ing in front of the su­per­mar­ket across the road.

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