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Old Saturday 7th January 2017, 19:43   #26
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Today I have been until the dark at the Depuradora de s'Albufera and I have got a nice present with this beautiful Scops owl.
Happy new year
Great photo Pep.

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Yes, a brilliant photo Pep. I hear them most nights but hardly ever see them. As I understand it, there is a resident population but they are joined by summer migrants which come to Mallorca to breed. I believe they arrive here quite early in the year, there certainly seem to be more from March onwards. Mike
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Indeed what a beautiful picture of a bird so difficult to photograph.
Well done Pep.
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Old Sunday 8th January 2017, 08:50   #29
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Today I have been until the dark at the Depuradora de s'Albufera and I have got a nice present with this beautiful Scops owl.
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Old Sunday 8th January 2017, 15:22   #30
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S' Albuferata

Its wonderful to be back in the Island - to leave the snow and cold of Switzerland.

First birder seen up the tower was Pep..can birding get any better?

The Flamingos are still there (60) and other great birds seen included northern pintail, osprey, lapwings, marsh harrier, spotted redshank, common sandpiper, black winged stilts, White Egrets, Hoopoes and Crag Martins.

It is great to be back. Hope we meet up soon Mike

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Hi Mike and welcome back. Yes, I'm sure we can meet up, I am way behind the Bigyear already having had guests for the last two weeks. The White Stork is still being seen near the airport and I am just back from Porto Colom where there is a Razorbill and a Great Crested Grebe.
I am probably going to Son Real on Wednesday or Thursday to see if there are any Hawfinch so I will let you know. Mike
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Hello folks,

The wife and I are spending ten days on Mallorca between 11th and 21st April, 14 years on from our first and only visit to the island. Back then we were kid free and so I'm going to have limited time for pure birding, though still looking forward to that Mediterranean vibe and food. I wonder if someone could assist with a few queries please?

What do you think my chances of Eleonora's falcon are in that timeframe? Lifer for me and would dearly love to connect. I appreciate that chances would be better later on but is there an area where I might at least increase my chances?

Given one day of child-free birding (oh, one can dream...) What sites would you visit?

Is there a decent flora guide for Mallorca?

Many thanks in advance!

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Hello folks,

The wife and I are spending ten days on Mallorca between 11th and 21st April, 14 years on from our first and only visit to the island. Back then we were kid free and so I'm going to have limited time for pure birding, though still looking forward to that Mediterranean vibe and food. I wonder if someone could assist with a few queries please?

What do you think my chances of Eleonora's falcon are in that timeframe? Lifer for me and would dearly love to connect. I appreciate that chances would be better later on but is there an area where I might at least increase my chances?

Given one day of child-free birding (oh, one can dream...) What sites would you visit?

Is there a decent flora guide for Mallorca?

Many thanks in advance!

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Hi Tristan

I let Mike guide you to best sites.

Regarding Flora Guide try on ebay etc for Elspeth Becket Illusrated Flora of Mallorca..ISBN 978-84-273-0895-4

It may be out of print but it is a wonderful guide.

In the office/shop in Albufera they sell other guides

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Old Sunday 8th January 2017, 16:22   #35
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Ps. I will bring the pies! Mike
I will be there!

Just let us know when you are going.

I have never seen blooming Balearic Warblers there and need your guidance

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Old Sunday 8th January 2017, 16:47   #36
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Hi Tristan. The guide Mike recommends, Elspeth Becket, is far and away the best one if you can get hold of a copy. It's still available here but only in Catalan. Other guides are for sale at the main reserve, Albufera.
Eleanora's Falcons typically arrive around 22nd/24th April so you are borderline. However, in recent years, the odd one or two have arrived earlier than this. I have seen them around the time of your arrival date both at Albufera and Son Real where several people saw one on the 2nd April. You will hopefully be lucky although it all depends on the year. It's a good time to be coming to the Island and there are lots of places to go which are good for all the family and good birding too, Son Real and Mortitx are two examples. Let me know if you need any further help with any species. This thread is always kept up to date though. Mike
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Hi Mike, blooming Balearics are difficult at Son Real but the platform near the beach is a good place, we can spend some time there eating pies and hopefully they will show.
Porto Colom is the best place, they show well there and Dartford warblers are easier there than elsewhere too. I will be in touch. Mike
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Thanks both Mikes! It's the luck of the Easter school holiday draw...Will just have to keep an eye skyward and hope for some early birds.

Looks like the flora is tricky to obtain in English so may just use it as an excuse to delve into some Catalan.

Many thanks for the offer of assistance...I'll undoubtedly have some more queries nearer the time. Excited already!
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I have never seen blooming Balearic Warblers there and need your guidance
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Saturday at the drink pool of Track 4 in Son Real i enjoyed this nice balearic warbler, pity the day was very dark and with few light.
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Saturday at the drink pool of Track 4 in Son Real i enjoyed this nice balearic warbler, pity the day was very dark and with few light.
NOOOOO. NICE one Pep.

Hope they are still thirsty!

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Will be in Peurto Pollensa 14th-21st March.
Any one able to advise best places to see Orchid sp

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Hi Mike
How about we go to Son Real this Thursday and hopefully there will be a nice Balearic Warbler waiting for you at the drinking pool?
I hope Kevin can join us.
Meet in the car park at 10am?
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A couple of hours spent at Salobrar de Campos this morning, over one hundred Flamingos, Little Stint, Sanderling, Dunlin, Grey Plover and Ruff. Mike

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Gordon. Orchids are well represented on the Island. As you are in the north I guess the reserves of Son Real and Albufera should be good.
I know more about the south of the island as I live here but I will ask some of the locals and let you know what they say.
I believe that the Boquer Valley has a good selection of plants including some endemics and some orchids. Goats are a problem there though. I will let you know.
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How about we go to Son Real this Thursday and hopefully there will be a nice Balearic Warbler waiting for you at the drinking pool?
I hope Kevin can join us.
Meet in the car park at 10am?
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Brill

And the pies???
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Old Monday 9th January 2017, 16:32   #47
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Ferruginous duck

I've started the year with luck, today doing the yearly official count of waterfowl in the golf courses of Palma (Son Muntaner and Son Quint), in addition to normal birds, we have seen this beautiful ferruginous duck and one lesser black-backed gull.
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Balearic Warbler

Dear all, dear Mike,

I promised, and here we go: This is the utimative-100%-chance-to-see-Sylvia-balearica-spot. Well, I am not kidding: I've been to this place near Portocolom about 30 times in five years, covering virtually every month of the year. And I have never dipped the Balearic Warbler at this location. When I went there a few days ago I saw three individuals.

Remark: I have never used any dummy sounds (I guess I do not need to ask everyone in this thread please NOT to use any audio songs or calls that would disturb this rare little friend of ours... ). All you have to do is stay at the spot marked with a yellow "A" for a couple of minutes. Don't move too much. Talking helps though, as well as "pshhhhh'ing", because this little bird is extremely curious. It will show up, I promise!

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EDIT: Forgot to mention that you need to walk up the little trail that goes up from the coast to the place marked with the "A". It's about 120 m...

Seizing this opportunity: At the spot marked "B", I saw something that looked very much like Gavia stellata (Red-throated Loon) to me. The way it was pointing its bill was just perfect - and no: that was not a shag! Unfortunately (and that will never happen to me again on Mallorca), I was not carrying my spotting scope. My binos were just not good enough to eliminate the rest of doubt I had - so: I am definitely not ticking this one for the Big Year Mallorca But I encourage you to have a look...

Best regards, good birding,

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I've started the year with luck, today doing the yearly official count of waterfowl in the golf courses of Palma (Son Muntaner and Son Quint), in addition to normal birds, we have seen this beautiful ferruginous duck and one lesser black-backed gull.
Felicitaciones, Josep!

So far, I have not seen any Feruginous this year - yet ...

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Go bird watching with a friend...

... as everyone knows, four eyes see more than two. Six eyes see more than four, etc.

It's so easy and so true. Just mentioning this truism to thank you, Michael Montier, for encouraging me to go and see the Loon in Andraitx (went there still on the same day...) and for the Whimbrel in Colonia!

I wish the Mergus serrator (Red-breasted Merganser) had still been there, so I would have had something to offer you in return. I keep fingers crossed, so you still find one (or more) in 2017!

Best, Michael

This one's from Colonia de Sant Jordi beach (30 m from the Marisol restaurant), were it stayed at least from December 29, 2016 - January 2, 2017:


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