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Old Tuesday 24th January 2017, 21:41   #126
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Hi Mike. There have been quite a few records of Spotted Crake from that exact spot but I don't think any of the records have been substantiated, i.e. Photos.
Anything is possible and I don't doubt the records from last spring, Phil tells me that many years ago he saw Spotted Crakes on spring migration every year but he has not seen one for many years now.
I honestly don't know, I just hope that someone gets a photo the next time one is reported.
I will scan a copy of the paper and send it to you. Glad someone is out birding in this weather, it's still horrible here in the south. Mike
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Old Tuesday 24th January 2017, 21:57   #127
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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?

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The 2015 Bird Report lists Spotted Crake as "Winters .... rare Mallorca". That said, I've seen one at the Albufereta, probably in Spring.

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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 08:02   #128
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The 2015 Bird Report lists Spotted Crake as "Winters .... rare Mallorca". That said, I've seen one at the Albufereta, probably in Spring.

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Thanks Martin,

Reminded me to download this great report

http://www.gobmallorca.com/ornito-pu...ponent&print=1

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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 17:17   #129
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Rain and Little Gull

Risk the weather to explore around Albufera, Albuferata and Maristany.

Lucky to arrive at the same time as Gemma and her friend to see the Little Gull at Maristany.

Other birds seen included kingfishers, common sandpiper, Hoopoes, Marsh Harriers, Kestrals, Red legged partridge, Great and Little Egrets, Red Crested Pochards, Common Pochards, Gadwall, Shellducks, Shoverlers, Lapwings

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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 18:59   #130
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I'm starting to gear up for a week based in Pollenca at the very start of April, and arrived at this thread thanks to Mr Google. Looks like mallorcabirdwatching.com is a treasure trove of info, and i've got the Gosney book, but if anyone has particular recommendations for a first-time visitor at this time of year i'd be glad of suggestions.

Not sure if this is too far off topic, but i'd be especially glad of any steers on orchids and herps....though i guess there's no real hope of spotting a ferreret...
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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 20:03   #131
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Hi ionh, the beginning of April is a good time, a wee bit early for some migrants but still spot-on for some others. You are in the best place up north so I would suggest a trip to the main reserve at Albufera but also nearer you, Albufereta is exceptionally good for migrants. There is now a tower to view from which is excellent but I have found the bushes near the road very productive for chats and warblers. There is also a small pine wood en route to the tower to the left which is well worth scanning.
Son Real is great for flowers and plants, I took two botanists there last year and it took about an hour to move out of the car park they were so thrilled with some of the things they found. There were good numbers of Orchids too. Michael Schade wrote about Orchids a few posts ago.
I would also call in at Maristany (Tuscan Marsh) as there may be Terns, Ducks and Crakes there. It's always worth a visit.
The Boquer Valley is near you and I believe there are some important plants seen there including some endemics there. Goats are a problem though.
Hope this helps, let me know if you need any other information, I will be pleased to help.
All bird records go on this thread so it will be kept up to date.
All these sites are covered by Gosney.
Hope you enjoy your visit and do let us know what you see. Mike
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 08:26   #132
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Not sure if this is too far off topic, but i'd be especially glad of any steers on orchids and herps....though i guess there's no real hope of spotting a ferreret...
There are quite a few trip reports available via a search of Google. This https://mwilsonherps.wordpress.com/t...ports/majorca/ is just one of them.
There are also links to lists of the various species (native and accidentally introduced), such as http://www.lacertilia.de/AS/Bibliografie/BIB_5732.pdf
There have probably been a few additions since that list was published.
Have a good trip.
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 11:44   #133
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Thanks Mike, Martin -- working through books and blogs is one thing, but there's no substitute for recommendations based on first-hand experience :)
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p.s. guess i'll be a bit early for eleonora's?
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A little bit early for Eleanora's yes, but you never know, last year one was seen early in the month so you may be lucky. Typical arrival dates are from around 24th April. Mike
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Old Friday 27th January 2017, 16:14   #135
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Vultures and Puffin

A walk up the fishermans road ' pas del pescardors ' at Sant Vincente was very quiet - nice afternoon with little wind.
No balearic warblers seen or heard and only a few sardinian warblers seen.
No Blue rock thrushes.
On the positive side, several Ravens, many Crag Martins and two Black Vultures.

A visit to the beach at Sant Vincente revealed a stange but dead exotic specie

Mike, What is this doing here???
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Old Friday 27th January 2017, 17:54   #136
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There are a few records of Puffin, not every year, but they are usually seen from the far north at Formentor. I think Phil has been coming to Mallorca for about twenty years but he has only ever seen them three times.
Maybe your bird succumbed to the violent storms, what a shame it didn't survive, it would have been tremendous for us all to have seen it swimming around a nice Cala somewhere.
Well done for spotting it though Mike.
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Old Friday 27th January 2017, 21:28   #137
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There are a few records of Puffin, not every year, but they are usually seen from the far north at Formentor. I think Phil has been coming to Mallorca for about twenty years but he has only ever seen them three times.
Maybe your bird succumbed to the violent storms, what a shame it didn't survive, it would have been tremendous for us all to have seen it swimming around a nice Cala somewhere.
Well done for spotting it though Mike.
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Found this on the web

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...llorca&f=false

i think this is the Shearwater surely..35,000 individuals in the Iberian Peninsula

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Old Saturday 28th January 2017, 07:55   #138
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Very interesting Mike, better keep our eyes open! Terrific rain storms in the night just to add to the chaos. Mike
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Old Saturday 28th January 2017, 16:15   #139
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A very nice day out at Albufera but most of the reserve is closed due to flooding. Still some good birds though, Wigeon, Purple Swamp Hen, Teal, Flamingos and lots of Marsh Harrier looking very hungry after many days of rain, they were all over the place.
Later at Maristany, the Little Gull was still present, a lovely bird with its delicate bill and quite a difficult bird to see in Mallorca. Also Red-Crested Pochard and swarms of Crag Martins feeding overhead. Mike
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Old Saturday 28th January 2017, 18:07   #140
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Visit to La Gola.

Visitors centre still closed to February?

Seen today - Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Grey Heron, Booted eagle flying over.

Kingfishers, Auduoins Gull and Sardinian warblers seen recently there
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Old Sunday 29th January 2017, 16:18   #141
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Visiting birder Neville reported six Alpine Accentors from the tower at Albercutx. He has photos. A very nice find. There are often groups of this size together on some of the peaks but I have never seen more than two at the tower. Mike
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A short visit to S' Amarador (Albufera)

Many Marsh Harriers (>6), Song thrushes, Redshanks, etc.

First Stone Curlews (6) of the year.
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Old Monday 30th January 2017, 15:52   #143
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Four Alpine Accentors seen today at the mirador, not far from the tower, Albercutx so they may be the same birds as seen at the tower.
Also the Little Gull is still at Maristany. Mike
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Visiting birder Neville reported six Alpine Accentors from the tower at Albercutx. He has photos. A very nice find. There are often groups of this size together on some of the peaks but I have never seen more than two at the tower. Mike
4 seen really upclose on the Mirador Formentor
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Brilliant photo Mike.
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Brilliant photo Mike.
Is it better than the winning photo last year???

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Trip to Lluc on this Sunny Day did not disappoint.
Birds seen included Griffin Vultures (15) and Black Vultures (2) but distant views.
Red Kites, Ravens, Booted Eagles, Kestral and Blue Rock Thrush also seen
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It pays to take the back roads home from lunch as I spotted a lone Fieldfare in a flooded field from Es Llombards to Santanyi this afternoon, quite a scarce bird in Mallorca. Mike
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Old Tuesday 31st January 2017, 17:18   #149
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Lluc is a marvellous place Mike, as you well know. There is a walk that is only open on Sundays. Start from behind the large cross from the car park, its obvious because even I found it.
Last year, Redwings, Fieldfares and the elusive Brambling were seen from there. We will be going soon. Mike
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Does anybody know the status of the various Subalpine races versus Moltoni's Warbler on Mallorca? The reason I ask is that I was recently doing a description of Subalpine Warbler I found in the UK, which resulted in me re-examining some photographs of bird I took at La Gola in early April last year. Having looked at these closely, I now wonder if they are actually of a cantillans 'Eastern' Subalpine Warbler (see here - happy to be corrected). The throat is a bit too coloured and the underparts don't seem pale pink enough for Moltoni's, but on the other hand, the belly seems rather white for 'Western'. Unfortunately, it wasn't calling.

I understand Moltoni's breed and Subalpine passes through on migration, but would assume most passing through would be iberiae? How common is 'Eastern'? It turned up at the same time as a male Collared Flycatcher....
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