Male Brambling (lef) with a male Chaffinch for comparison. | Neville James-Davies
The forecast for Majorca predicts snow, and that means beautiful landscapes, cold mountain nights, wildlife having to work harder to find food and the lure of getting out there to enjoy crisp mornings. For me, nothing beats the views across the Tramuntanas’ with the high peaks such as Puig Major, Mansalla and Es Tossa to name a few, covered in snow. Many a winters day has been spent walking around Cuber Reservoir, listening to the crunch of the deep snow underfoot, looking for tracks from birds and animals, taking in the clear but cold, crisp mountain air, and enjoying the stillness, only broken by the bleating of a Goat or the call of a Yellow-legged Gull. In the mountains, it is a time to keep watch for a special winter visitor – the Alpine Accentor, which as its name suggests, spends its time at higher altitudes. At times I have seen four together near to the Dam.