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Old Sunday 6th August 2017, 14:48   #1151
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The annual bird report is now available online from the G.O.B. Website for a very modest payment.
It is a mammoth undertaking to translate it all so I do hope good numbers of people obtain a copy. It is obviously very important internationally to have an English version available. It's full of interesting articles and facts and figures as well as all the sightings including a section for rare birds. Many thanks, Mike
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Old Sunday 6th August 2017, 15:37   #1152
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Thanks Mike. Which year does the latest report cover?
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Sorry Bubbs, I meant to say that, it's for last year, 2016.
I'm sure Steve will give the link to the GOB site soon. Mike
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Old Sunday 6th August 2017, 20:04   #1154
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Hi Rob. Glad you are coming back over to Mallorca. I hope it gets a bit cooler for you, it has been stiflingly hot. I went round Mondrago Parc last night and heard at least four Scops owls calling, probably more. I also hear two Nightjar churring and saw one in flight.
I'm sure there are reliable sites for Scops owl in the north but I don't know any for this year. Visitors have been very good at posting their sightings on this thread so if anyone else can help, please let us know.
Boats go from Colonia Sant Jordi in the south to Cabrera but I don't know of any organized tours with "chumming". This is a great shame because they are a huge success and certainly in my top ten days out birding ever. The Shearwaters are so close, you could reach out and touch their wing tips. Great for photography.
You can go by boat to Cabrera which gives about four hours on the island but as there is no chumming, only minimal sea birds are seen. Let me know if you are going, I will try to join you. Mike

Hi Mike

Thanks for the reply Mike. I'll let you know the state of play and what (if any) boat trips I've managed to find!

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Old Monday 7th August 2017, 09:35   #1155
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Sorry Bubbs, I meant to say that, it's for last year, 2016.
I'm sure Steve will give the link to the GOB site soon. Mike
It will be available in a few days. I'll post the link once it's up
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It's too early to be at the Cap de Ses Salines for autumn migration but I found myself there before first light, unable to sleep thinking I may be missing Black kite which come through from now onwards. I didn't see one but there was enough to keep me happy, juvenile Woodchat, 3 Peregrine, a couple of Marsh Harrier, lots of Barn Swallows, Turtle dove, 7 Common kestrel, about 20 Scopoli's Shearwaters around Cabrera, 2 Red Kite and a few Hoopoes. Mike
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Not had much chance to get out and about due to the brutal heat and just having a great time with the family but did manage an hour or two early yesterday.

Back of camera shot so a little unclear from S'Albufera - is this a little bittern - not seen one before - Could someone advise please?
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Old Tuesday 8th August 2017, 08:49   #1158
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Not had much chance to get out and about due to the brutal heat and just having a great time with the family but did manage an hour or two early yesterday.

Back of camera shot so a little unclear from S'Albufera - is this a little bittern - not seen one before - Could someone advise please?
I think this is juv night heron from your photo. Seems to have stubbier tail end than juv bittern.
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Old Wednesday 9th August 2017, 09:35   #1159
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I think this is juv night heron from your photo. Seems to have stubbier tail end than juv bittern.
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I agree with Ray, juvenile Night Heron.

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Flamingos

Hello again,
This morning there was a flock of 9-10 Flamingos flying along Pollenša Bay.
Also every morning there's a meeting of Audouin's Gull (and some Yellow-legged too) in front of the Torrent de Sant Jordi (stream).
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I was meant to take my wife out for a trip in the countryside but I just popped into Cap de Ses Salines for a few minutes. Two hours later I emerged having seen a dazzling blue Roller, three Black Kite, Black Vulture plus a supporting cast of local Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle and Red Kite. I also saw three Buzzard species but I spent so long trying to photograph them that I missed the details. I think it's better to spend the time looking at the birds instead of getting photos. I think it's too early for Honey Buzzard but that's what my money would have been on.
The salt pans were quiet and I spent two hours scouring the country around Sa Rapita for four reported Black stork. I have no idea how my wife puts up with me. Mike
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Not a good photograph of the Roller!
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I agree with Ray, juvenile Night Heron.

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Old Friday 11th August 2017, 10:10   #1164
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Hello!
Here you have our Squacco
Not difficult to see from the Center.
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I didn't get to the Cap until late morning today but still managed to see five Black Kite going through. I understand that there have been big numbers through the mainland so it's nice that a few have come our way.
It pains me to think about what is being missed though, there are many days during migration when nobody is there. I just wish I could camp out there for the next six weeks.
Also a group of five Booted Eagle circling together near the coast. There are quite a few local birds so it's hard to tell these from migrants but they did disappear quite quickly so they may well have been migrants. All a bit early this year. Mike
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Just as an aside, some time ago a visitor reported hearing a Jay-like call, at Cuber I think.
I recently heard a similar call only to discover that it was a Hoopoe. I didn't know they made a call like that. Anybody else heard similar calls? Mike
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At the Cap this morning there was another Roller, it looked different from the one a couple of days ago. Other than that, there was very little evidence of migration, except a flock of Heron, Purple I think. Lots of local Red Kite, Marsh Harrier and Booted eagles to keep me happy. The two days following the rainstorm were good with quite a few Black Kite but it has all slowed now. Another storm would be good. Mike
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The Roller from today. Too far away for a decent photo. Mike
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Spent all day yesterday at S"Albufera Wetlands as was walkable -probably there too today as Sunday bus timetable. Was an unusual day as didn't see a crested (red knobbed) coot or another birder. Plenty of spotted flycatchers to keep me amused and allowed for close proximity photos and the little bittern was by the bridges . During the day saw it climb up twice (remarkably quickly) the reeds and fly off. There was a gull billed tern from Es Cibollar little distant but good views. Baggage allowance wouldn't enable me to bring a scope! There were the usual suspects and also three glossy ibis which spent a fair amount of time seen from the Sa Roca hide and flying around the reserve.
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Another great morning at the Cap with some locals. Three more Black Kite, two Common Buzzard and the usual array of local birds including Marsh Harrier, Red Kite and Booted eagles. Nearby Juanjo saw an Eleonora's Falcˇn and an Alpine swift. I photographed a distant raptor at the Cap a few days ago and it appears to be a Bonelli's Eagle. They are seen quite often in this area.
Common Buzzard are not common at all, only a handful breed in Mallorca and these two young birds today may have been born on the Island. Mike
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Also the young Roller is still present.
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Much the same at SAlbufera today but this time some stone curlews, no tern, bucket loads of glossy ibis ( well. At least 14) and the little bittern performed beautifully on and by the bridge!

Juvenile night heron flying around and was very very hot!
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Just two Black Kite and the Roller today at the Cap. Still a bit early, it will hot up soon. Not the weather, it's already stifling. Mike
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Just running through some photos now back in cooler climes - can someone assist with this heat hazed ID?
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