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Old Wednesday 18th January 2017, 12:42   #101
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There is a mega rare Thrush in the Tramuntana mountains but the finder will not release details of where it is. I don't understand why. Hundreds of people go into the mountains every weekend to walk, usually with children, but the maximum number of birders here who would go to see it would be about six people. That's a big twitch here. I would always respect finders wishes but unless the bird is on private land, I cannot think of a valid reason for withholding the information. All a bit frustrating. It's possibly an Eye-browsed Thrush. Mike
Had the same issue about a roust of Long eared owls in Switzerland. The Roust was in the carpark of a small airport which had a cafe and kids playground outside.

So much disturbance but the birds were there for several years!
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Old Wednesday 18th January 2017, 12:44   #102
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Short visit to S'Albuferata.

Very cold and still windy.

Osprey with fish over the sea.

The flamingos (50) are still there and can be seen from the tower.

Pintails also seen

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Old Wednesday 18th January 2017, 19:09   #103
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Are birds killing the Hermanns Tortoises

Hi Mike

Interesting story in Ultimo Hora

Are birds killing the Hermanns Tortoise?

I know lammergier ( bearded Vultures) are famous for killing Tortoise in Greece ( dropping fron height to crack the shell etc) but I have never heard about Red Kites and Bonellis Eagle doing the same?

I hope you will defend our friends??

Interesting times

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Old Wednesday 18th January 2017, 19:51   #104
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Hi Mike, no it's not a Long Eared Owl either, I have been going though Owl calls on the web trying to trace it with no luck yet, will keep trying to get a recording. On another note I counted 10 Red Kites circling in a group in the Esporles valley over the past few days, had only seen a maximum of 5 before then. Their numbers are definitely on the increase in this area as we would only see 1 or 2 now and then 10 yrs ago.
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Old Wednesday 18th January 2017, 20:24   #105
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Hi Mike

Interesting story in Ultimo Hora

Are birds killing the Hermanns Tortoise?

I know lammergier ( bearded Vultures) are famous for killing Tortoise in Greece ( dropping fron height to crack the shell etc) but I have never heard about Red Kites and Bonellis Eagle doing the same?

I hope you will defend our friends??

Interesting times

Mike
Hi Mike

As you say, an interesting story from the headline (I can't read the rest of it). I've sent it to a friend who might know more about it.

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Hi Mike

As you say, an interesting story from the headline (I can't read the rest of it). I've sent it to a friend who might know more about it.

Martin
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http://majorcadailybulletin.com/news...tortoises.html

Main predators of young tortoise includes rats, wildpigs etc

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann's_tortoise

Red kites feed mainly on Carrion as well as small mammals such as mice etc

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_kite

Infact Red Kites etc may be helpful to the hunters by reducing rat population either directly or by removing carcass. I think rats must be the biggest issue on game birds etc.

Interesting to note in US, Ravens have been blamed for decrease in Mojave Tortoise.

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Old Thursday 19th January 2017, 07:32   #108
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I believe that the hunters are wanting permits to shoot Ravens and Red Kites, blaming them for all sorts of things, it's just an excuse as it always is with hunters, you only have to listen to the hunting lobby in the U.K. regarding the Hen Harriers to realize it's all unfounded. Because Red Kite are seen feeding on carcasses the farmers naturally assume that the bird has killed the animal. Not so. Red Kite do a lot of good here as Mike says.
I'm sure G.O.B. are onto it, they are strong and very devoted. Red Kites are doing great with I think 86 pairs breeding last year. I see more and more which is wonderful, a group of eleven last autumn. I hope the hunters are unsuccessful although I have to say they are generally pretty good here, I don't know of much wildlife crime in Mallorca and I think Red Kite have increased because of cooperation from farmers in not using poisons now. Mike
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Old Thursday 19th January 2017, 17:55   #109
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The results of the census of last Friday 13th in S'albufera, Albufereta, Maristany (Tucan marsh) and Estany dels Ponts (Llac Gran in Alcudia) are out, here:

http://www.gobmallorca.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=4318

The initial conclusion seem to be that the numbers are lower than the maximums of 2010/2011 and that the numbers of birds of salty and brackish water are on the increase whereas the numbers of birds living in fresh water are going down.

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This is a worrying trend as it will also have a detrimental effect on the freshwater flora and fauna, especially the Odonata, an important food resourcce for the Eleanoraa's Falcons and other wetland birds.
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Old Saturday 21st January 2017, 06:30   #111
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Rageing storms are continuing with high winds and torrential rain. I have never known weather like it. It's set to continue for the next three days.
I know a small party of birders from Wales have come to the Island and I feel really sorry for them. I am meeting them at Salobrar on Monday and we can swim down "Eddie's Track". I'm sure some good birds have been blown this way but going out birding is another matter. I will drive around as many harbours this morning to see what's about but I doubt many people will want to go out in this. Maybe when it's all settled we will have a bonanza. We shall see! Mike
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Rageing storms are continuing with high winds and torrential rain. I have never known weather like it. It's set to continue for the next three days.
I know a small party of birders from Wales have come to the Island and I feel really sorry for them. I am meeting them at Salobrar on Monday and we can swim down "Eddie's Track". I'm sure some good birds have been blown this way but going out birding is another matter. I will drive around as many harbours this morning to see what's about but I doubt many people will want to go out in this. Maybe when it's all settled we will have a bonanza. We shall see! Mike
Same up North.

Hoping for a rariety on the coast.

A few common sandpipers but nothing special yet

Keep Spirits up..the good weather is coming

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Just got back from a walk around Ses Rotgetes, a neighbourhood of Esporles, as we had a slight break in the weather. Counted a group of 16 red kites circling low, my new record!
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Excellent number John, my record is eleven!
As soon as the storms have settled I will be out and about, it will be interesting to see what has blown in, the wind is relentless with lots of buildings and boats wrecked. Mike
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[quote=Mike Montier;3514751]Rageing storms are continuing with high winds and torrential rain. I have never known weather like it. It's set to continue for the next three days.
Several boats beached and wrect in Pollensa Area

But a change in the weather??
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New Mini Tower looking over Albuferata

Nice tower than provides a good overview of Albuferata.

Its by the side /end of the Aparthotel Club del Sol

Birds seen today here and along the Ca'n Cuarassa Road included:

Kestrals, Snipes, Great and Little Egrets, Hoopoes, Crag Martins, fan tail and Cetti Warblers, Stonechats, goldfiches, etc

Nice to be out and seeing birds surviving the storms.
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I'm just back from Mallorca. I think, due to the windy weather and high level of water on Albufera I didn't see so many birds, like e.g. last year. Almost no waders, also on Salobrar de Campos.
For good luck, I took a nice picture of Osprey flying with a big fish in his claws.

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I'm just back from Mallorca. I think, due to the windy weather and high level of water on Albufera I didn't see so many birds, like e.g. last year. Almost no waders, also on Salobrar de Campos.
For good luck, I took a nice picture of Osprey flying with a big fish in his claws.

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Great photo

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Two Fieldfares seen at Andratx by Juanjo today, quite difficult birds to see in Mallorca. There must be quite a few more on the Island at the moment. I am going to Salobrar tomorrow but the water is so high I doubt it will be very productive but you never know. I will also go to the Cap Ses Salinas to see what the wind has blown in. Mike
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Just read on Facebook that most of the tracks at s'Albufera are closed today due to the flooding - so the advice is to phone rhe Information Centre for up-dated information, should anyone be planning a visit.
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Thanks Martin. I tried to wade down Eddie's Track at Salobrar this morning but had to give up when the water came over my wellies. A canoe would have been better.
Unsurprisingly, there were few waders, just Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Little Stint, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank and Spotted Redshank.
Still lots of Flamingos, over one hundred, three Booted Eagles and seven Marsh Harrier.
Later at the Cap, absolutely nothing. Mike
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Just read on Facebook that most of the tracks at s'Albufera are closed today due to the flooding - so the advice is to phone rhe Information Centre for up-dated information, should anyone be planning a visit.
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Thanks Martin

Went down an interesting walk in Pollensa

https://www.enjoymallorca.com/birdwa...ll-de-colonya/

Should be good when the weather is more cooperative

Nothing special seen but floods blocked the path!!
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Went down an interesting walk in Pollensa
https://www.enjoymallorca.com/birdwa...ll-de-colonya/
Should be good when the weather is more cooperative
Nothing special seen but floods blocked the path!!
I'm pretty sure I've done that walk one February when I was in Mallorca. It would be worth revisiting.

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[quote=Mike Montier;3513714]I believe that the hunters are wanting permits to shoot Ravens and Red Kites, blaming them for all sorts of things, it's just an excuse as it always is with hunters, you only have to listen to the hunting lobby in the U.K. regarding the Hen Harriers to realize it's all unfounded. Because Red Kite are seen feeding on carcasses the farmers naturally assume that the bird has killed the animal. Not so. Red Kite do a lot of good here as Mike says.
I'm sure G.O.B. are onto it, they are strong and very devoted. Red Kites are doing great with I think 86 pairs breeding last year.

Hi Mike I missed to get a copy of your news article.Any chance of a scanned copy?

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Albuferata Surroundings

A break in the bad weather (even Sunshine) allowed a trip around the outskirts of Albuferata.

One of the best overviews is from Playa de Muro ( end of Carrer Romani and Carrer passeig de bateman)

Great views of Kingfishers, Great and Little Egrets, Audouins Gulls, Purple Gallingue, Water Rails, Kestrals and Marsh Harriers.

Crag Martins and Chiffchaff really busy feeding.

Mike, Susan thought she saw Spotted Crake but I missed it and heard nothing from the spot. Are they here at this time of the year?

I will go back another day to check

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