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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 08:25   #1626
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Thanks Pete, beat me to it. Yes, you are quite right. Purple swamp hen is not a problem, there are lots and they often feed out in the open. Moustached Warbler are another story. There are high numbers but seeing them is not so easy. I always seem to see them near bridges so it’s worth waiting around those areas and they will eventually show. I only saw one last trip. They often flit from one side of the channel to the other so looking down the channels is also a good idea.
Balearic warblers are best seen right down the Boquer Valley one the right hand side near the end, always in the low scrub.
I don’t know anywhere near Palma to see them though. If you can get to any coastal scrub from there, you may be lucky. They are not rare and can be seen all around the Island. They are skulkers, that’s the problem so best to look low.
Seawatching is always best from the east coast, Porto Colom, Punta de n’amer etc but Formentor is also ok. A walk along the front at Palma is great but not for Shearwaters. Lots of Sandwich terns, Turnstones and possible Mediterranean Gull and Lesser-Black backed Gull.
Good luck to both of you and do let us know what you see.
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 10:23   #1627
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A cold morning yesterday at S'Albufera (not much warmer this morning) with a good number of wintering birds, mainly waterfowl and lapwings for now. Little in way of waders. Cranes are still around in good numbers (8 yesterday).
Below a sample of the birds in Cibollar.
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 17:15   #1628
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Bluethroats still at depardura, water pipit,and 4 hoopoes on path. Long eared owl at Síamarador
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 18:01   #1629
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Standing at the end of my road near Mondrago just before dark, firstly a Blackbird chacked away, then the Stone Curlews screeched loudly, a Woodcock flew past followed by two Scops owls calling monotonously. A nice way to end a difficult day.
Kevin, I am meeting Neville in the morning at the salt pans, Ses Salines if you are around. The track is flooded so wellies are essential. Mike
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 18:03   #1630
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Thanks for the photos Patrick, some nice birds there. Yes, it’s flaming cold in the mornings with these clear skies. Mike
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 18:12   #1631
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Standing at the end of my road near Mondrago just before dark, firstly a Blackbird chacked away, then the Stone Curlews screeched loudly, a Woodcock flew past followed by two Scops owls calling monotonously. A nice way to end a difficult day.
Kevin, I am meeting Neville in the morning at the salt pans, Ses Salines if you are around. The track is flooded so wellies are essential. Mike
Hi Mike, Iíve got builders in tomorrow but if they come early enough Iíll leave them to it and come and join you. Itíll be nice to catch up.
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Old Wednesday 6th December 2017, 18:15   #1632
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A great morning at Salobrar de Campos salt pans this morning with Neville and later joined by Kevin.
A group of 45 Common Crane in a deep blue sky was unforgettable.
Two Spoonbills were nice, a few Dunlin, Little stint, very low numbers of Flamingoes is unusual for this time of the year but they still looked great, especially in flight.
At least four Great White egrets, Curlew, Snipe and Water Rail were nice fillers whilst we were waiting for the Cranes to take flight once more.
Lots of Marsh Harrier, Red Kite and four Booted eagles.
A Pintail was also present, Reed buntings and Fan-tailed warblers completed the dayís list.
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Old Wednesday 6th December 2017, 23:45   #1633
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Great afternoon at Son Real - finally caught up with Hawfinch (my bogey bird) at the drinking pool in front of the hide. On my previous visits I was always disappointed, but this was a wonderful day with lots of activity. Also there - Goldfinch, Crossbill, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Song Thrush, Chiff-chaff, Robin. Went to Amarador just before sunset, still no Jack Snipe, but was rewarded with a Hen Harrier (female) and a Merlin.
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 08:31   #1634
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Hi Clive. Some great birds there. Glad you got your bogey bird at last, mine is still Ring Ouzel.
Lovely photos as usual.
Pep said that the Jack Snipe were at the “dog house” so they are not at the tower hide.
I think this is a different area. Near the entrance you take the left fork I think, and there are some houses there. Perhaps Pep can confirm.
I saw one Jack Snipe going to roost last year whilst waiting for the Starlings. Hen Harrier is a nice bird to see.
We will meet up soon, I am back to the uk next week but then I have some time.
Ps. Did you see Dunnock at Son Real, I still need it for the year?
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 08:33   #1635
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Just as an aside Clive, how do you download your photos onto Birdforum? When I try, it always says that they are over-size. Any advice? Thanks. Mike
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 11:37   #1636
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Hi Mike
I have to resize them on my laptop before I can upload them. It's quite easy to do. I right click on an image, select Open (or Open with) and select Microsoft Office 2010. You then have a panel on the right where you can do basic editing (crop, brightness, contrast, colour balance, saturation and size). I usually select large document and then rename the with something appropriate with small or web at the end.
I'm sure there are lots of other ways but I hope this helps .
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 14:37   #1637
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Thanks Martin, you know me and computers. I will give it a go because sometimes it’s quite nice to put photos on here as well. Mike
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 22:30   #1638
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I sadly had the frustration of a tyre blowout on my way to Albufera today, just ten minutes' drive away! Some compensation came in the form of a Wryneck (not sure how rare they are at this time of year?) near Port d'Alcudia. I'll hopefully make it back over there on Saturday!
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Old Saturday 9th December 2017, 15:58   #1639
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Hi Mike, I see Martin has answered your photo question. thanks Martin. I didn't see Dunnock at Son Real. I was there again yesterday, but only for an hour and didn't see Hawfinch either. And yesterday I met Kevin at the depuradora, he also told me the location of the Jack Snipe. I am also back to the UK next week, so maybe we will finally meet up next time. Clive.
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Old Saturday 9th December 2017, 18:27   #1640
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Highlight (for me!) at Albufera this morning was six Western Swamphens. Also a good number of waders, including Littlw Stints, Dunlin, Common Snipe, Redshank and two Curlew Sandpipers. On top of that, a Black-necked Grebe, a Water Pipit, loads of ducks (especially Shoveler, Teal and Wigeon) and lots of thrushes, including several Fieldfare and a Redwing (first ebird record at the reserve!). No sign of the Wryneck today.
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Old Thursday 21st December 2017, 23:57   #1641
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Mallorca damselflies and dragonflies

Sorry for going off-piste (yet again).

Following some correspondence on the forum during the summer, I've made an effort to track down information about the distribution and status of Mallorca's odonata. I've put together the attached notes which summarise what I've found from various sources (including some provided by Martin - thanks Martin).

If anyone can add to these I'd really appreciate some details. Equally, if there are corrections or comments I'd like those too. Feel free to DM me (or I've put contact details in the notes).

Hope everyone has a happy and peaceful Christmas.

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Old Friday 22nd December 2017, 18:03   #1642
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Thanks Stew, no problem going off piste, many visitors and residents in Mallorca also love butterflies, moths, dragonflies and mammals. It’s especially nice to have other things to think about during this quiet period. It’s a beautiful report Stew, really professional with great photos. I’m sure it will be of interest to many people.
Sorry about the lack of news, I have been in the UK for most of the time over the last three months visiting my poorly father and then sadly attending his funeral.
Still good numbers of Brambling, Hawfinch and especially Siskin.
Quite a few Fieldfare around but very few Redwing or Mistle Thrush.
I hope to get out a bit over the holiday period and will have some news to report.
Yes, best wishes to all over the festive season, Mike
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Old Friday 22nd December 2017, 19:30   #1643
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So sorry to read about your Father's passing,Mike.
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Old Saturday 23rd December 2017, 08:31   #1644
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Sorry to hear about your Father Mike.

Any sign of the Alpine accentors yet this year please.
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Old Saturday 23rd December 2017, 18:58   #1645
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Winter delights

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Just a few pics of some of the winter visitors to the island this month.

Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who read and contribute to this forum.
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Old Saturday 23rd December 2017, 21:42   #1646
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Thanks all. Nice birds Kevin. I left a message on your phone, not sure if you got it but we will meet up next time you are over.
I am going to Son Real on the 27th and hope to add Dunnock to my year list, I just can’t find one anywhere. There’s always one bird in every year that proves difficult.
Happy holidays to all. I will post results of the Bigyear at the months end, it’s very close at the top.
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Old Saturday 23rd December 2017, 21:48   #1647
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Hi Craig. Yes, lots of sightings. I have seen quite a few already. A few at Castel Alaro, one at San Salvador, some at Puig Major, Galatzo and most other high peaks. They stay until spring, 28th March was the last date in 2016.
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Old Sunday 24th December 2017, 00:03   #1648
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[quote=Mike Montier;3657813]Thanks all. Nice birds Kevin. I left a message on your phone, not sure if you got it but we will meet up next time you are over.
I am going to Son Real on the 27th and hope to add Dunnock to my year list, I just canít find one anywhere. Thereís always one bird in every year that proves difficult.
Happy holidays to all. I will post results of the Bigyear at the months end, itís very close at the top.
Mike[/QUOTE
I saw Dunnock at Son Real and Albufera last week. I'm back 8th Jan so hope catch you next time.
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Old Monday 25th December 2017, 16:56   #1649
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I hope everyone is having a good day.
Results are in for the total number of raptors seen on autumn migration.
The most numerous were as follows:
Marsh Harrier. 88
Black Kite 30
Honey Buzzard 285
Common Kestrel 29
Booted Eagle 451
Thanks go to Lalo for keeping the list.
Every year is different, Common Kestrel was abundant last year but not this year.
Extraordinary numbers of Booted Eagle came through, a record number.
I was told by quite a few Birders some years ago that Marsh Harrier was by far the most numerous species seen on migration but clearly this is not so.
A few other species were seen but only in small numbers.
It always makes interesting reading.
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Old Monday 25th December 2017, 19:11   #1650
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I overlooked 31 Hobby that we’re seen. Nearly all sightings were from Cap de Ses Salines.
I will be at Son Real on the 27th, mid morning onwards, if anyone is around.
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