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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 19:26   #176
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Its true

2 Oystercatchers by the airport ..Ciutat Jardi..Interesting Beach area. Other birds included Audouin Gulls, Yellow legged Gulls, Cormorants, Little Egrets.

Followed with a visit to La Gola. My friends were very impressed with the bird information and the great advise provided by Cristina!

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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 20:19   #177
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A lovely male Hen Harrier was found at Salobrar de Campos this afternoon by Dani, probably just after I left. I am going to the Harrier roost in the next few days. Last year it was spectacular so I’m hoping this year will be equally productive. Mike
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Old Thursday 15th February 2018, 08:21   #178
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A Common Gull seen this morning at Cuitat Jardi by Juanjo.
A nice bird and very rare, only one per year is normal, even then, they are not seen every year. The port of Palma is good for gulls where a few rare ones have been found over the years. Mike
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Old Thursday 15th February 2018, 16:39   #179
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Old Thursday 15th February 2018, 17:16   #180
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Visit to Lluc today..not too many cyclists yet!

Birds seen included Griffon Vultures(5), Black Vultures(2), Kestrels, Booted Eagles, Ravens, Crossbills, Hawfinch, Firecrests, lots of Blackcaps.
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Old Thursday 15th February 2018, 18:56   #181
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An evening trip to Salobrar was rewarded with great views of the male Hen Harrier that is roosting there. For me, this is one of the most beautiful and charismatic birds in the world. I won’t even mention grouse moors.
Also, around 23 Marsh harriers roosting too with a dozen birds in the air at the same time. The Water rails were noisy.
Martin. I was surrounded by mosquitoes tonight but none were biting. I actually don’t know when they start devouring humans but there were thousands.
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Old Thursday 15th February 2018, 19:03   #182
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Being on the marsh in the dark is amazing, so quiet and beautiful, just the birds and me. Bliss.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 11:08   #183
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 11:16   #184
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Here in la Gola we are happy with our Cattle Egrets (9 today), together with BH Gulls, YL Gull, Grey Heron, Little Egret... This morning one Cetti's Warbler was singing in Torrent de Gommar.

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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 12:53   #185
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Calendar 2018

Hello!
we already have some more Birdwatching Calendars al the Centre!
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Martin. I was surrounded by mosquitoes tonight but none were biting. I actually don’t know when they start devouring humans but there were thousands.
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If they weren't biting they were probably chironomids - non-biting midges.

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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 15:14   #187
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Common Gull

These 2 lasts days, the real great new in Majorca is a common gull (larus canus) located inbetween the beaches of Cala Gamba and Ciutat Jardi, very close to Palma and the airport.

The gull is giving local birders the possibility of a lifer for most of them, and the mobile phones and the groups of instant messages are on fire

The common gull is very scarce in Majorca, even 1 or 2 are seen every winter, but never so long time and in a easy to access place.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 15:39   #188
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Thanks Pep. I was lucky enough to see it this morning. As Pep says, it ranges from the shoreline at Cuitat Jardín, to the wall by the boats at Cala Gamba.
Being me, I ran from one to the other. When I was in one place, the bird was at the other one.
There is no hope, you can’t take the twitch out of the twitcher.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 16:36   #189
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Six Whinchats in the Boquer Valley seems incredibly early. Still, they were seen by a very experienced birder, it’s just unheard of for this time of the year. Mike
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Up Fishermans Walk in Calla San Vincente.
Birds seen included Balearic Warblers, Booted Eagles, Blue Rock Thrush and Wren.

A visit to Pollensa for Coffee by the Roman Bridge gave good views over Ternelle Valley of Black Vultures and Booted Eagle.
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A brief visit to my local lighthouse this afternoon. A bit early in the day but I still logged over 200 Balearic Shearwaters in just under one hour. Soon they will number in their thousands, late afternoon and early evening are best. It’s spectacular.
Seven Common Dolphins kept me amused, they seemed to be having fun breaching the water together.
I also saw bees and a Humming-bird hawkmoth which I thought was a bit early but I don’t know enough. It looked duller than normal so maybe a different species? Mike
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A visit to Soller and the Port with friends. Quiet on the bird front with a few Booted Eagles, Kestrels, Cormorants, Yellow legged Gulls. A few butterflies enjoying the sun including Cleopatra and Spectled wood.
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30 Years of s'Albufera Natural Park

Today it has been the celebration of the 30th years of the declaration of s'Albufera as a Natural Park, after the event, I have been birding a little there and plus the usual, there was 1 Black-tailed Godwit, and in sa Roca 3 glosy Ibis, and 12 marbled duck.
Birds begin to return from the south.
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Great news Pep that the Glossy Ibis have returned, hopefully to breed again.
When and where is the book launch in Palma please? A few of us would like to come and buy copies. Thanks. Mike

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Old Saturday 17th February 2018, 21:27   #195
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Yes, I hope the Ibis would breed again.
The book will be presented in Palma on March 8th in the Misericordia Gardens (center of Palma)
This is the link to map
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We have two glossy ibis in Northern Ireland, and there's a few more down South. No idea what they are playing at!!
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I also saw bees and a Humming-bird hawkmoth which I thought was a bit early but I don’t know enough. It looked duller than normal so maybe a different species? Mike
Hi Mike
Humming-bird Hawk will be resident and I would expect it at almost any time of year but probably inactive in the coldest and hottest months. There's no real alternative.
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Thanks Martin.
The Cap de Ses Salines was quite good this morning following high winds yesterday. An Osprey in-off the sea was a good start, a cock Pheasant on a rock by the water’s edge was a bit of a surprise and there were high numbers of Balearic Shearwaters, impossible to count as they were all going in different directions!
Later at the salt pans it was all a bit quiet. One Temminck’s stint, Avocets, Flamingoes, a few Redshank and Curlew.
The sky was full of raptors though, Booted eagles, Red kites and lots of Marsh harriers.
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A visit to S’Albuferata and Son Real.

Birds seen included Black winged Stilts, Flamingos, Marsh Harriers, Turnstone(1), Kentish Plovers, Audouins Gulls, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, and Thekla Larks.
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Three Alpine Accentors were seen yesterday in the Boquer Valley, about three-quarters of the way down on the rocks on the right hand side. Mike
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