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      Boquer Valley


Boquer Valley Boquer Valley Boquer Valley

The car park for here is easilyfound, being above a roundabout on the Formentor road past Puerto Pollensa, and overlooking a wooded avenue leading to the seafront of the resort. We didn't get here until mid morning, resulting in an already present mix of birders and in particular walkers. The guides for the site warn of the private land only metres in and to be wary of the guard dog, but the former has a small opening in the gate for easy access, and the latter is tied up behind another gate. The distance from the car park to the small yet populated beach is only one and a half miles, and the track is generally extremely obvious due to the constant pedestrian traffic, but the valley through the fells on either side make it picturesque and pleasant. Our walk kept to the main track through, but when I was last here many years ago ascended the slopes to the wall to find some Balearic Warblers, which weren't in evidence today. Many Sardinian Warblers made up for this, and were almost constantly heard. Blue Rock Thrushes in the form of males were up the slopes, and a single Crag Martin circled overhead. The tops of the mountains are always worth checking for raptors, although today's roster was only of single buzzard and a few ravens.

Sardinian Warbler Yellow-legged Gull
Sardinian Warbler Yellow-legged Gull

      Cap de Formentor

The 17km drive to here from Puerto Pollensa is a tortuous one, due in part to the narrow and winding roads, and also to the plethora of cars and cyclists using this one way route to the peninsular. Whether it is worth is at this time of year is debatable. The parking at the lighthouse which is at the tip is limited, and it is too early in the year for the Eleanora's Falcons for which it specialises. But the views up along the northern rocky coast and to nearby Menorca are juicy. Take away the cafe and the people and this would be a very pleasant spot to spend some time. The aerial interest here was provided by regular Pallid Swifts, rather than the expected Crag Martins. Looking down at the sea far below, a trio of separate Cory's Shearwaters uncharacteristically flapped along in the calm air over the sea. A Blue Rock Thrush was a bonus as we were about to leave.

Formentor Blue Rock Thrush
Cap de Formentor Blue Rock Thrush

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