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Old Wednesday 15th November 2017, 19:06   #1576
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Hi Mike. No idea what the falcon was, only likely candidate would be Merlin. I can’t think what else it could be, Kestrel? Nothing else around and last dates for Eleonora’s seem to all be in October.
Well done with the Waxbills, a good total.
Still some sightings of Hawfinch around the Island.
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Old Wednesday 15th November 2017, 21:20   #1577
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Hi Mike. No idea what the falcon was, only likely candidate would be Merlin. I can’t think what else it could be, Kestrel? Nothing else around and last dates for Eleonora’s seem to all be in October.
Well done with the Waxbills, a good total.
Still some sightings of Hawfinch around the Island.
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Thats what I thought..Several Kestrels were in the park. Glad you agree with photos /ID.
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Old Thursday 16th November 2017, 18:09   #1578
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A species of Pelican was at the salt pans this afternoon. As I was birding there until lunchtime, I am a bit miffed. By the time I drove straight back there, it had flown.
Still, it’s quite a big bird and if it hangs around, I’m sure it will be relocated. It flew towards Sa Barrala. Mike
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Old Thursday 16th November 2017, 19:35   #1579
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Afternoon in La Victoria

A pleasent afternoon. Birds seen included:

Crossbills, Blackcaps, Sardinian Warblers, Greenfinches, Great tits, Firecrests, Robins, Yellow legged Gulls.

No Blue tits nor Hawfinches.

Interested spps in the photo attached..Any Guesses? Answers in a postcard

Young Dunnock?
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Old Friday 17th November 2017, 17:30   #1580
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A really nice day out with Mike and Susan McSwiss at Porto Colom.
Firstly, around the coastal scrub, we logged at least three Dartford warblers, several Balearic warblers and close up Fan-tailed warblers.
Later, on the sea watch we saw three Northern Gannet, a raft of interesting ducks which remain unidentified as does the distant auk species which whizzed along the horizon. Seawatching here can be great but it’s also very frustrating with many interesting looking species too far away to be sure of clinching a safe ID.
Thanks for the lunch Susan, Mallorca at its brilliant best with glorious blue skies and far-reaching coastal views. Mike
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Old Friday 17th November 2017, 17:32   #1581
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Mirella photographed a splendid male Brambling near where I live. I have never seen one here so needless to say, I will be there in the morning! Mike
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Old Friday 17th November 2017, 19:39   #1582
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[quote=Mike Montier;3644525]A really nice day out with Mike and Susan McSwiss at Porto Colom.
Firstly, around the coastal scrub, we logged at least three Dartford warblers, several Balearic warblers and close up Fan-tailed warblers.
Later, on the sea watch we saw three Northern Gannet, a raft of interesting ducks which remain unidentified as does the distant auk species which whizzed along the horizon. Seawatching here can be great but it’s also very frustrating with many interesting looking species too far away to be sure of clinching a safe ID.


Many thanks for your great guidance and fun. Gorgeous Day.

Still searching for the ID of the raft of ducks - my first thoughts were scoters or eider ducks with their wing flapping etc but this seems very unlikely ( however the recent winds may have had an impact). If anybody has ideas?
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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 12:35   #1583
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Mike! Have you been for the red-flanked bluetail yet? Amazingly popped up on my Twitter a/c a few minutes ago, with a photo. Bizarre to get Mallorca bird news in the UK so quickly!

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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 14:26   #1584
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Red-flanked bluetail in Majorca!!!

Today, in an small water drinking pool in the Comuna de Bunyola, we have seen several Hawfinches, Siskins, Bramblings and other several birds, we have had a MEGA bomb! ona young female of Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)!!! It is a very rare bird in Europa (vagrand) and the First one for Balearic Islands, and only the 5 o 6th in Spain!!

We (Joan Mateu) and me, coudnt believe what our eyes were watching, this strange bird just 4 meters from us, Unluckylly the local robin attached her repetedly.

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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 15:50   #1585
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Many congratulations Pep, what a fantastic find and a real mega for Spain. A first for Mallorca is what we all dream about and I am very happy for you. Enjoy your evening and celebrate with a few beers. Stunning bird. Vagrants are often tired and weak when they arrive and they sometimes get attacked by other species. I hope it survives.
Hi Stew, yes, amazing that you may have known before I did! Mike
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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 17:46   #1586
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Last walk up Bocquer Valley for this year

The usual favourites: Booted Eagles (3), Balearic Warblers (3) and Blue Rock Thrushes(2). Osprey flew along the Valley as well. First Fieldfare seen near the car park enterence with goldfinches and greenfinches. The Black Redstarts are now establishing their territories.

Enjoy the rest of the year young at heart Birders and looking forward to even Bigger Year score in the new year

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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 17:47   #1587
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Well done on the Tarsiger..Awesome!
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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 19:00   #1588
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A Snow Finch has been seen on s’esclop together with a Ring Ouzel. The rare birds just keep coming. I wonder what else is out there? Mike
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Old Saturday 18th November 2017, 19:24   #1589
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Eider ducks?
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Hi everyone,

I am confident that I know what bird is shown in the attached photo, which was taken in the Puerto Pollenca area of Mallorca. However, there are other opinions being expressed as to the identity of the species.

I would appreciate anyone else's views (please), and any comment on why it is the species / age you think would also be appreciated.

Thanks.

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I agree with the others who have already replied on the ID thread that it is a juvenile desmarestii Shag.
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I agree with the others who have already replied on the ID thread that it is a juvenile desmarestii Shag.
Thanks Pete. I was getting flamed on another non-birding site for commenting that this photo posted as cormorant was in fact a juv (Mediterranean) shag.
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Hi everyone,

I am confident that I know what bird is shown in the attached photo, which was taken in the Puerto Pollenca area of Mallorca. However, there are other opinions being expressed as to the identity of the species.

I would appreciate anyone else's views (please), and any comment on why it is the species / age you think would also be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Thanks Stew. I have been reading up lots about Mediterranean Shag and realized how little I knew so it’s been a useful excerise. Mike
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In with the Hawfinch invasion have been good numbers of Siskin. Also Brambling and Ring Ouzel are more numerous than usual. Wondering what rarity could be next, how about a nice rare Thrush? Mike
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Thanks Stew. I have been reading up lots about Mediterranean Shag and realized how little I knew so it’s been a useful excerise. Mike
Cheers Mike - it’s interesting isn’t it? But the ID wasn’t a problem. Sadly someone seemed to think that I was arrogant for suggesting that it wasn’t a cormorant

I realise that I need to get to the Island “out of season” again - some of those species in your subsequent post would look nice on my Mallorca list!

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Old Today, 19:57   #1597
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Yes Stew, and lots of those species are much easier this year than most. Ring Ouzel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Hawfinch, Siskin, Brambling all getable. Alpine Accentor a bit later although I’m not sure you need that one. Hope you make it one day. Mike
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