S’ALBUFERETA

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Ex­tend­ing ei­ther side of the coast road, this re­serve in­cludes a beach area, on which both Ken­tish and Lit­tle Ringed Plovers breed, and a much larger area of la­goons (both fresh and salt­wa­ter), plus scrub and pine wood­land. Black-winged Stilts are among the breed­ing birds on the la­goons, along with Pur­ple Gallinule, while the hirundines and swifts that are nu­mer­ous here at­tract the at­ten­tions of Eleonora’s Falcons, par­tic­u­larly early in the day. Cetti’s War­blers breed, and the saline lakes have even recorded Greater Flamingo. It’s a par­tic­u­larly good site to search dur­ing mi­gra­tion pe­ri­ods, with a wide range of passer­ines pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing those Blue-headed Wag­tails (Yel­low Wag­tails of the flava race) again, other Yel­low Wag­tails, Red­starts, both Spot­ted and Pied Fly­catch­ers, Nightin­gales and both Mous­tached and Sub­alpine War­blers. Honey Buz­zards and Mon­tagu’s Har­ri­ers pass through on mi­gra­tion, and Red­footed Fal­con has also been recorded here. The fields and or­chards, and any over­head power or tele­phone lines, are worth check­ing for the likes of Bee-eater, Serin, Wood­chat Shrike, Cross­bill, Corn Bunting, Hoopoe, Golden Ori­ole and Whin­chat.

GET­TING THERE From Puerto Pol­lensa or Al­cu­dia, catch one of the TIB buses (352/353 ) which run fre­quently be­tween Puerto Pol­lensa and Can Pi­quafort. The stop is a short walk from the re­serve, out­side the kite and surf shop.

VI­TAL IN­FOR­MA­TION Access is avail­able at all times, but be care­ful to re­spect pri­vate prop­erty, as the re­serve in­cludes a num­ber of farms and other build­ings. This view­ing screen al­lows to get as close as pos­si­ble to the birds Bird­watch­ing the re­serve by bike can bring great re­sults – al­though smaller than Al­bufera, it’s still large enough, so it’s a great way of get­ting around quickly with­out dis­turb­ing birds

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