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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 17:43   #1651
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A very windy walk around Son Real today, it’s a great reserve at any time of the year.
Lots of Crossbills and Hawfinch but still no flaming Dunnock. I give up.
I will post results of the Bigyear as soon as I have them. Mike
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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 22:29   #1652
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Love birding, that's why we do it. I've seen crossbill and hawfinch twice each in 40+ years and have dunnock daily in the garden.
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 19:29   #1653
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There I was, ready to post news of a very rare Naumann’s thrush, when I read about a bridge being built over the sea to the marine reserve of Malgrats, and finally I twigged it. For the fourth year running I have fallen for it, it’s April Fools day here today. Last year it was Waxwings at Albufera, Eagle owls breeding the year before and something else just as ridiculous before that. I even put a big red ring around the date in our diary. It made no difference, I am that gullible. All in the best spirits though. Mike
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Old Friday 29th December 2017, 11:29   #1654
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For anyone who travelled to the Tramuntana mountains via the Soller tunnel and paid five euros each way, the good news is that it is now free.
It was the most expensive toll in Spain I believe so the journey to Cuber for me and many others will now be less painful. Mike
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Old Sunday 31st December 2017, 18:33   #1655
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Well, that’s about it for the year. It’s been a good one with many memorable days.
Bird of the year was without doubt the Red-flanked Bluetail found by Pep and Joan. What a stunner.
The sight of record numbers of migrating Booted Eagle soaring overhead will stay with me and seeing glorious Honey Buzzard passing through is hard to beat.
My personal best was a Puffin flying east past the Cap de Ses Salines. I hope the record gets accepted, it was a absolute joy to see. I leapt in the air with delight.
I will start a new thread in the morning.
All the very best to everyone, Mike
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Old Sunday 31st December 2017, 19:27   #1656
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and many thanks to all contributors to this thread. It has been great to read all your reports and especially to those people who sent trip reports with some brilliant photos. It all adds to our knowledge of this beautiful Island.
I am very much looking forward to another year of living and birding here. Mike
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Old Sunday 31st December 2017, 22:01   #1657
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and many thanks to all contributors to this thread. It has been great to read all your reports and especially to those people who sent trip reports with some brilliant photos. It all adds to our knowledge of this beautiful Island.
I am very much looking forward to another year of living and birding here. Mike
And thanks of course to you Mike for keeping the forum going. For many of us the forum sustains us between trips, and as visits get closer helps us to plan. In my last couple of visits your company has been a joy. - thank you, and good birding in 2018!

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Old Monday 1st January 2018, 17:35   #1658
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thanks mike and everyone for keeping us updated and this thread live!
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Old Monday 1st January 2018, 19:48   #1659
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Dear Mike, all: Thanks from my side, too! Although I am a quiet reader most of the year, I really enjoy this thread! Will do my best to contribute more frequently to it in the future!

Best regards and happy New Year, Michael
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