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Old Tuesday 31st January 2017, 20:48   #151
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Hi Ilya. I will try to find an old post (I think by Motmot?) which gave a very detailed analysis of Sub-Alpine warblers ringed on Cabrera.
My memory is the same as you say, early April would indicate Sub-Alpine I believe, Moltoni's arrive later and some stay to breed, mostly in the mountains.
As far as I know, Sub-Alpine do not breed here.
I hope someone else comments, as has been established a few times, my identification skills are not always reliable! I always use the call when separating these two species and I have no experience on Eastern.
Thanks for your post, interesting! Mike
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...although, for what it's worth, your bird doesn't look like Moltoni's to me. Mike
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Old Tuesday 31st January 2017, 21:59   #153
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Hi Ilya. I will try to find an old post (I think by Motmot?) which gave a very detailed analysis of Sub-Alpine warblers ringed on Cabrera.
My memory is the same as you say, early April would indicate Sub-Alpine I believe, Moltoni's arrive later and some stay to breed, mostly in the mountains.
As far as I know, Sub-Alpine do not breed here.
I hope someone else comments, as has been established a few times, my identification skills are not always reliable! I always use the call when separating these two species and I have no experience on Eastern.
Thanks for your post, interesting! Mike
Thanks, Mike. With your hint, I managed to track down the post myself (see below). That said, I think the taxonomy has moved on since then. Aside from Moltoni's being given full species status, a new sub-species iberiae has been recognised and I suspect what he calls cantillans is actually this. As well as Moltoni's, most authorities now recognise:

‘Eastern’ Subalpine: S. c. cantillans (c, s Italy, Sicily) & S. c. albistriata (ne Italy through se Europe to w Turkey)
‘Western Subalpine: S. c. iberiae (Iberian Pen., s France and extreme nw Italy) & S. c. inornata (nw Africa)

Though 'Eastern' and 'Western' aren't always given full species status.

I was suggesting mine might be a cantillans 'Eastern' and mainly wondered how common this form is, though I suspect the picture is far from clear.


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Hi Mike! The status, phenology and abundance of the different subalpine forms I've registered while monitoring migration during the 5 Spring seasons I've spent in Cabrera is resumed below:

Sylvia cantillans cantillans is a frequent and regular migrant, first scarce sightings at the end of March, fairly common through April, especially on the first 3 weeks of the month. Scarce again in May.
Sylvia (cantillans) moltonii. Fairly scarce breeder and moderate migrant. First birds around mid April, much commoner on the last week of April and especially first week of May.
Sylvia cantillans albistriata. Very rare migrant. Four records in the last 5 years: 1 on March 27th, 1 on April 10th, and 2 on April 17th.

I guess phenology should be about the same in mainland Mallorca, with the main arrival of Moltoni's at the end of April and through most of May, thus more or less replacing the earlier migrant ssp cantillans. Moltoni's are not easy to find as breeders in Mallorca, they are fairly scarce and localised, breeding mainly in the Serra de Tramuntana and in the Llevant mountains, but can turn up as (scarce) migrants almost anywhere.
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Old Wednesday 1st February 2017, 09:10   #154
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La Gola 2017

Dear friends,
the Ornithological Tourism Centre La Gola opens today til November.
You can find us in Port de Pollença, C/Temple Fielding next to Buda Bar.
This February, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9.00h to 15.00h.

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See you soon!
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Hi Cristina
Many thanks for the information about the opening of La Gola.
I am sure I, and many visitors will again welcome this news and will be calling in to see you.
Let's hope you have as many wonderful birds as last year with some rarities too.
Good luck, we will see you soon, Mike
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Ilya, I will try to find out as much as possible about eastern Sub-Alpine Warbler, I have some old records I can refer to.
In the meantime, I hope one of the locals will respond. Mike
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Family visit to Palma

There was still time to see a few blackcaps feeding on the dates and a couple nesting in the Cathedral
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Spring in Alcudia

A visit to the Roman ruins is a great trip out. The environment is ideal for birds

Seen today: Booted Eagles and Osprey fly past, Cattle Egrets, Linnets, Goldfinches, Serins, Dunnocks, Sardinian warblers, Whinchats and Stonechats, Thrushes etc.
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Afternoon walk up Bocquer Valley.

Quiet but still a pleasent walk.

Birds seen included Booted Eagle, Ravens(3), Blue Rock Thrush (2), Thrushes, Sardinian Warbler. One Gannet seen at sea.

One Balearic Warbler heard but failed to see.
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Dear friends,
the Ornithological Tourism Centre La Gola opens today til November.
You can find us in Port de Pollença, C/Temple Fielding next to Buda Bar.
This February, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9.00h to 15.00h.

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and in our website
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See you soon!
Cristina.
Great to see Cristina and La Gola Centre open again.

Its a wonderful opportunity to check the birding world of Mallorca.

Also a great educational centre for schools and families.

I have already seen kingfishes, greenfinches, common sandpiper, greenshank, Hoopoes,Little egrets, sardinian warblers, white and yellow wagtails and other finches here this year.

Looking forward to more visits

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A White Stork has been seen again at Cami de Muntana by Carles. I have failed to see it every time so far but it does move around a lot, assuming it's the same one of course! Mike
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Old Sunday 5th February 2017, 19:55   #162
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Yes Mike, it is the same one, very dirty, always up the windmills, same street.

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Very high winds last night with a few trees blown over. Many fields still under water. What next?
A quick visit to some birding locations, some Barn Swallows have somehow made it through with two at the Salinas, Colonia Sant Jordi and one at nearby Salobrar de Campos. Also about a dozen Avocets at the latter site. Mike
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Very high winds last night with a few trees blown over. Many fields still under water. What next?
A quick visit to some birding locations, some Barn Swallows have somehow made it through with two at the Salinas, Colonia Sant Jordi and one at nearby Salobrar de Campos. Also about a dozen Avocets at the latter site. Mike
Very windy up North

4 Avocets and 3 Pintails in S'Albufera

Mike how common is Orphean Warbler in Mallorca?
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Orphean warbler is very rare but does occur, normally at the end of April and usually on the Islands around Mallorca. Mike
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The drake Ferruginous Duck was still at Son Navata today. Unfortunately viewing is now impeded by the (rather unattractive) fence which has been newly built along the roadside surrounding the eastern pool. I sincerely hope that any plans to improve this site come to fruition in the near future, as it could do with some TLC!
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Formentor

With the winds down and few cycles and cars, it was a good time to drive upto the end of Formentor.

Large numbers of shearwaters seen (most likely yelkouan - still under discussion) and 3 dolphins seen.

Mike what Shearwaters are likely at this time

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Hi Mike. Both Balearic and Scopoli's can be seen returning, I think both have been seen this year so far. I believe we went to a lecture by Miguel, he's the man. He told us about Yelkouan and the identification pitfalls and how variable Balearic can be. If you send him a message I'm sure he will respond. Formentor is a great place at this time of the year with very occasional sightings of both Puffin and Kittiwake. Good luck. Mike
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Pep saw a nice ringtail Hen Harrier at Son Bosc today. Hopefully he will post the photo. There is often one, sometimes two, wintering in this area. A lot more rain this morning which didn't seem possible, also some more snow around Alaro, it's only a chilly five degrees but feels colder. Mike
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Hello Mike
Thank you for your words, but the picture is very far away, anyway i love the brilliant white patch on the rump of this harriers. It is over the area of Son Bosc and Depuradora.
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Trip to Lluc and Mortitx

12 Black Vultures, 3 Griffon Vultures, 2 Booted Eagles and Kestral seen.

Few people around..Good time for visits
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Hi Mike. There is a great walk from Lluc but it is only open on Sundays. It starts behind the big cross and goes down a beautiful valley. Last year Pep and Carles saw Brambling and I think Redwing too. There are also Hawfinch there. If you fancy it one Sunday let me know. Mike
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I have just seen a group of 24 Stone Curlew flying around our port. Quite what they are doing there, I have no idea.
Stone Curlew can be seen in quite large groups in winter, the most I have seen is 27 but I believe there have been larger groups at the Albufera reserve.
It's very cold today with northerly winds and heavy snow with many mountain roads closed again.
Despite this, a few Barn Swallows continue to put in an appearance with a handful around the south. House Martins next, any day now. Mike
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Yes, beautiful birds Pep. How anyone can shoot them out of the sky, like they do in parts of the U.K., is beyond me. I just don't understand it. Mike
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Visit to Boquer Valley and Es Blanquer.

Booted Eagles in Bocquer Valley but very quiet and windy

Corn Buntings singing in Es Blanquer. Still flooded in many areas.
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