|Our gaffe for the week - not bad...
|The view was stunning – and ideal for raptor watching
We couldn't believe our luck.
What we also couldn't believe was the weather when we first arrived. It had been threatening to rain after we ate a hearty late lunch in Port de Pollença.
Then about an hour after we unpacked our suitcases and had walked around admiring our new home, a thunderstorm passed over which dumped rain of biblical proportions for about 20 minutes. You couldn't see the mountains ahead of you it was so heavy.
I had already been looking out for birds before the storm. Around the perimeter fence a couple of Spotted Flycatcher darted around, perching on the fence, as did a Cirl Bunting. A Raven cronked overhead.
Once the storm had rumbled by we were able to settle down with a glass of wine after a long day travelling and look out at the mountains. A pair of Cattle Egret flew past, and as the light dimmed a couple of Stone-curlew called out down in the valley somewhere.
As it got darker the first of many calls from at least three Scops Owl echoed around the valley.
A good start.
Sunday was a day for relaxing around the villa and an opportunity to look round my new local patch, which extended back down the track for about 400 yards towards the main road.
|Male Cirl Bunting
|Female Cirl Bunting
|One of a pair of Woodchat Shrike – a regular sighting
throughout the week
On Monday we headed up the mountains for lunch near the Lluc Monastery, where we ate snails followed by kid goat. Sounded great, but both were too salty for our taste. Never mind, it was a lovely setting, and we were accompanied by a number of Crossbill flying around the pine trees, and a few hidden Serin.
I had a wish list prior to our visit, with four species in particular at the top of it: Eleonora's Falcon, Black Vulture, Blue Rock Thrush and Balearic Warbler.
Disappointingly, we didn't see one raptor while we were up in the mountains, but I made up for it once we were back at base.
|Two Woodchat Shrike – be lucky to see one in Britain!
|A Black Vulture circling high above the villa
I was delighted with that, but the best day of the holiday was yet to come.