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Old Sunday 8th October 2017, 19:52   #1451
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A small influx of Hawfinch around Porto Pollensa. They flew off towards Mortitx which is a good place to see them. Also the hide at Son Real by the drinking pool is a great place to catch up with this elusive species so let’s hope this year will see good numbers of this beautiful bird for us all to enjoy. Hawfinch are an irruptive species and I dont know of any seen yet in 2017 so maybe we can get them on our year lists after all. Mike
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Old Sunday 8th October 2017, 20:02   #1452
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Hi Craig. Thanks for your usual high standard report, some fabulous photographs of some super birds. I very much enjoyed reading it. Mike
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Old Sunday 8th October 2017, 20:25   #1453
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thanks to you mike for taking the time to look thtough it.

QUOTE=Mike Montier;3627635]Hi Craig. Thanks for your usual high standard report, some fabulous photographs of some super birds. I very much enjoyed reading it. Mike[/quote]
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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 05:51   #1454
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Max also saw a Melodious Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and best of all, a Short-toed snake eagle hunting low over the fields in Pollensa. It flew off, complete with a snake, towards Boquer so it may be lingering for a while. Some great birds out there at the moment. Mike
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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 18:52   #1455
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Another Bluethroat morning

At least 8 Bluethroats at Depadura this morning. They were popping up everywhere. In the field nearby R.l.partridge Thekla lark, Short toed lark and Meadow pipit. A dead Glossy ibis was on one of the rafts. Still good numbers of hirundines c300 perched on wires.
Later at S'aberador 2 more bluethroats and Moustache warbler showing well.
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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 19:18   #1456
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Great report Craig, most enjoyable.
Viper and Ringed Plover at salbufera and flower from the Boquer.
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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 19:26   #1457
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Thanks Steve, anyone know what the flowers are? Mike
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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 20:18   #1458
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Thanks Steve, anyone know what the flowers are? Mike
It looks like the flower spike of Drimia maritima. Fairly common and recognized by the enormous bulb with large fleshy green leaves when it's not flowering.
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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 20:33   #1459
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Great report Craig, most enjoyable.
Viper and Ringed Plover at salbufera and flower from the Boquer.
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The snake most often seen in s'Albufera is the Viperine snake. There are some other introduced snakes (e.g. Montpellier's snake) but, as far as I am aware, no vipers (i.e. adders). If anyone knows for sure, I'd be interested.
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Old Tuesday 10th October 2017, 19:50   #1460
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Thanks martin,
Viperine is what i ment, thought they were the same!!!
Curlew and Spotted Red. on the 8th sept. Whinchat on the 9th sept. all salbufera.
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Old Wednesday 11th October 2017, 06:47   #1461
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I receive many reports of Adder from Mallorca but I’m sure these all relate to Viperine. As far as I know, there are no Adders on the Island.
The four species seen on the Island I believe are:
Southern smooth snake
Ladder snake
European Rat snake
Viperine snake
Plus the odd escape.
If anyone knows more it would be very helpful. Thanks, Mike
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Old Wednesday 11th October 2017, 06:48   #1462
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Ps I believe they are all back-fanged and therefore harmless to humans. Mike
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Old Wednesday 11th October 2017, 15:34   #1463
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I receive many reports of Adder from Mallorca but I’m sure these all relate to Viperine. As far as I know, there are no Adders on the Island.
The four species seen on the Island I believe are:
Southern smooth snake
Ladder snake
European Rat snake
Viperine snake
Plus the odd escape.
If anyone knows more it would be very helpful. Thanks, Mike
Hi Mike
I've also seen and photograped Montpeliers snake, Malpolon monspessulanus (Hermann, 1804) in Sa Roca - but this is an accidental introduction (I have a publication where my photo is used).
I've also read that the Ladder snake, sometimes given as Rhinechis scalaris, and the False Smooth snake, Macroprotodon mauritanicus, are both regarded as introductions. There is also one more introduced snake in the Balearic Islands: the Horseshoe Whipsnake, Hemorrhois hippocrepis.
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Old Wednesday 11th October 2017, 17:48   #1464
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It is indeed Drimia maritima aka Sea Squill - a Hyacinth-type which is widespread and as is characteristic of the Med having a bulb producing leaves in the Spring with an Autumn-flowering spike��

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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 14:17   #1465
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Birds around Alcudia?

Hi guys,

I will be staying from October 22-24 (all day Sunday through Tuesday evening) in Alcudia. I know it's short but couldn't get a better flight to merge with a workshop in Palma starting Wednesday.

Anyway, I have Albufera, Albufereta, La Gola(?) on the radar. I definitely want to drive to Cap Formentor. I'm a sucker for sunrises and sunsets too, as are the birds I understand?
I am no good in photographing small birds (robin sized). Either I don't see them or when I do they flee or my pictures are blurred. I would therefore go for the bigger ones, preferrably ones that wade the water and don't mind me being there, too. Is there anyplace "best" that I could go to considering the short span of time I'll be there. And is it helpful to rent a bike in the parks or rather walk (I'm good on foot.).

Sorry for the lengthy first posting. I hope to get some tipps anyway. Thank you.
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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 15:04   #1466
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Hello Herona, and welcome to BirdForum. I'm sure others who know better than me will be along with their advice soon, but ...
Assuming your main interest is photography, then you should find the hides at s'Albufera will keep you interested for a good long time. If you're a good walker then you certainly don't need a bike. From the bus stop at the entrance, it's quite an easy walk into the Visitor Centre (please do call in there to say hello and get a permit), and most of the hides are very near there.
I hope you have a good trip.
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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 17:41   #1467
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Hi Herona, I agree absolutely with davercox, Albufera is far and away the best place for bird photography, even for small birds which can be right by the hides. There will be great opportunities to photograph Purple swamp hen, waders, ducks and gulls. Also Osprey catch fish and settle near the hides at times giving great shots as they consume their prey.
Many places are walkable so no need for a bike unless you want to venture further.
I hope you have a great time, let us know what you see. I may bump into you up there as I am back from the UK by then. Mike
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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 17:46   #1468
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Ps if you make it to Son Real, there is a hide on blue walk number four where small birds come to drink and bathe. They rest on twigs right by the hide offering close ups for even the smallest of birds including Firecrests. Crossbills are common there. There is an influx of Hawfinch at the moment so you may even be lucky enough to see some of those. Mike
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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 17:54   #1469
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I have been to my local lighthouse in the south-east every night for just over a week. The first evening there were only two Balearic Shearwaters and four Scopoli’s.
Every day the numbers have increased and this evening in only one hour I logged over 120 Balearic Shearwaters and about 20 Scopoli’s.
Just out of interest, Balearic Shearwaters lay eggs in the last week of February to early March, hatching takes place during the last week of April and they fledge during the first week of July.
I noticed tonight just how variable they are, some appeared very white, especially in the late evening sun, whilst others were quite dingy looking. Mike
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Old Thursday 12th October 2017, 19:49   #1470
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Little Bittern and Flamingo salbufera, 10th sept and Bee-eaters cap de ses salines.11th sept
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Thanks Steve for all your great photos. How I love those flocks of Bee-eaters on their way south in September. This autumn I was lucky enough to see a flock of 85 spiral upwards at the Cap and then head off directly towards Africa. It was a magnificent sight. Mike
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The Short-toed Eagle was seen again today near Pollensa so it did linger as Max suggested it may do. A couple have been seen which is about average. Mike
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The Short-toed Eagle was seen again today near Pollensa so it did linger as Max suggested it may do. A couple have been seen which is about average. Mike
I had one in the same area many years ago. It too caught a snake and flew off with it in the direction of the Ternelles valley.
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Simon, sorry for the delay to answer, I've not been entering in birdforum for a long time.

As you say, most of the raptors seen in postnuptial migration in the Balearics are young birds. I've not data for Booted Eagles, but I have for other species. For example, 92% of the Honey Buzzards seen in Cabrera in 1994-1995 were juveniles (and 100% of Common Buzzards, 79% of Sparrowhawks, but only 62% of Marsh Harriers).

You have a summary of what was seen in Cabrera these years here (pages 11-17, in catalan): http://ibdigital.uib.es/greenstone/c...OB_1995v10.pdf

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Thanks mike, also had around 85 on the 11th sept not all in this shot.
Balearic warbler, sp. fly boquer 12t sept.
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