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Old Tuesday 16th May 2017, 14:59   #851
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Today I became a tourist and took the boat to Cap Formentor from Port Pollensa.

This should be a must when the Elanores are nesting on the cliff.

Birds seen included Ravens, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Peregrine, Elanores falcon(2), Shags and Cormorants, Yelliw legged and Audouins Gulls. Blue Rock thush also seen on the cliffs as well as nesting Swifts and Craig Martins.

Several Dolphines seen ( bottled nose?) and 5 Shearwaters ( Mike I think they are Balearic Shearwaters..I will post photo later)

Good value for a few Euros and no need to drive up to the lighthouse with the cyclists and summer visitors.

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I always wanted to do that but felt uncomfortable taking my scope and bins sounds like a great trip and will be taking it next time im on the island :-) thanks for the info
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Old Tuesday 16th May 2017, 15:52   #852
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Hi Craig

Its worth getting off at the Formentor beach on the way back for an hour or so..you just pick up the next ferry .Nice birds in the trees including both firecrests and goldcrests, crossbills etc. No need for scope on the trip as you get close and with the help of a good camera its possible to get the id shots

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Old Tuesday 16th May 2017, 18:28   #853
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Its worth getting off at the Formentor beach on the way back for an hour or so..you just pick up the next ferry .Nice birds in the trees including both firecrests and goldcrests, crossbills etc.
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Goldcrests?
Do you mean today?
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Hi Josep,

Not today but I have seen both there in the car park or on the beach at difernt times of the year ( Gold crest in Autumn/ winter)
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Not today but I have seen both there in the car park or on the beach at difernt times of the year ( Gold crest in Autumn/ winter)
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Two badly enhanced photos

As mentioned earler...Balearic Shearwaters??
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Old Tuesday 16th May 2017, 21:58   #857
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Finally got around to writing my blog up following a short trip to Mallorca with Nick Watmough earlier this month. Considering we had only three full days I think we managed to squash in quite a few very memorable birding moments (with lots of help from this thread and its contributors). Hope you enjoy reading about it as much as we enjoyed being there - until next time!
http://grahamsphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2...7-day-one.html
http://grahamsphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2...7-day-two.html
http://grahamsphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2...day-three.html
http://grahamsphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2...-day-four.html
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Old Wednesday 17th May 2017, 06:39   #858
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Hi Graham, I'm loving all these reports, many thanks. Sorry about the argument with the wall though! Queue jumpers are really annoying.
Lovely photos of the Red-footed Falcons, surely one of the most elegant of all raptors. There were some Lesser kestrels there at that time so it's a shame they weren't a bit closer for you. Heat haze is a real problem here.
Some great birds you saw though, thanks for letting us know what's around. Amazing how much you saw in such a short time. Mike
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Invasive Species

Vist around Colonia San Pere this morning. Usual birds but interesting was this moth.

Apparently its origin is South America. Paysandisia archon. Causes damage to Palm trees!

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Old Wednesday 17th May 2017, 15:45   #860
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Its worth getting off at the Formentor beach on the way back for an hour or so..you just pick up the next ferry .Nice birds in the trees including both firecrests and goldcrests, crossbills etc. No need for scope on the trip as you get close and with the help of a good camera its possible to get the id shots

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i need my scope to take photos :-)
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Vist around Colonia San Pere this morning. Usual birds but interesting was this moth.
Apparently its origin is South America. Paysandisia archon. Causes damage to Palm trees!
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Yes, that's right and it causing problems on a large scale to the palms - especially when added to the damage caused by the Red Palm weevil from Asia. The biggest problem is that the moth has also transferred to the native palmetto which, being a much smaller plant, is often killed.
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Yes, that's right and it causing problems on a large scale to the palms - especially when added to the damage caused by the Red Palm weevil from Asia. The biggest problem is that the moth has also transferred to the native palmetto which, being a much smaller plant, is often killed.
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But its a great moth.on parr with moon moth
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True.
The other fairly spectacular moth on the islands is Antherea pernyi, the Chinese Oak silkmoth. Also introduced but deliberately, in an attempt to establish a silk industry in the Balearics. It failed and the stock were released and have managed to survive on the Holm Oak. It can sometimes be found at sea level but is more usually seen in the Tramuntana.
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Excellent Morning in S'Albufera with Mike and Jane.

Great birds and Great Company.

Birds seen included:

Great and Little Egret, Night herons, Purple Herons, Squacco and Cattle Egrets
4 Glossy Ibis, Red crested Pochards, Shellducks, Gadwall, Little ringed and Kentish plovers
Marsh Harriers, Marbled Ducks, Moustached Warblers, Great Reed Warbler.
Temminck's Stints, Avocets and Black winged Stilts, Common Terns, Woodchat Shrike
Nightingales, Cetti and Fantailed Warblers, Dunnock and Purple Swamphen.

I am sure I missed others!

And yes, the result of the SPAR pies competition...an 8.2 rating..⭐️❤️

Thanks again Mike for all the good work in promoting bird watching in this great Island

Enjoy the Summer

Ps..Bee eaters seen by the Depurador but no sign of the Golden Oriole.

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It was a great day Mike, many thanks.
The Golden oriole was a female type and probably flew straight through.
See you when you are next here. Mike
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Birds seen included:

...Nightingales, Cetti and Fantailed Warblers, Dunnock and Purple Swamphen...


Oooooo.... dunnock! Still need it for my Mallorca list - was it a one-off, or will I be able to look for it when I'm back in September?

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Hi StewB, best seen in the winter at places like Son Real. I have seen them pretty much everywhere around the Island but they are surprisingly hard to see. I have certainly seen them from the depuradora, on the path usually.They are also a moderate migrant. The latest date I can find is 9th May in song but others may know more than me. Mike
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Not sure about September though, the typical return dates are in October. Mike
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Still at least four Gull-billed terns present this morning at the salt pans, Salobrar de Campos. Mike
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Not sure about September though, the typical return dates are in October. Mike
Here's a synopsis of some of the last few years:
In 2010 19 October
In 2011 12 October
In 2012 23 October
In 2013 18 October
In 2015 early November.

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Final day at Alcudia Roman Ruins (great for the family and you can sneak in birding) and Bocquer Valley ( so many nice birders there)

Bird seen included Booted Eagles, Ravens, Blue Rock thrush ( reported) Crag Martins and House Martins, Swifts, Hoopoes, Nightingales, Sardinian Warblers, Fan tailed Warblers, Whitethroat, Serins, Goldfinch, Spotted Flycatcher and Kestrals.

I am going to miss this place

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We will miss you too Mike!
Never mind, you will be back here for the "Big South" at Cap de Ses Salines and all those Honey Buzzards coming through. See you then, Mike
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Night Heron at S'Albufera this afternoon eating a chick. Swallowed it all after sitting with just the legs hanging out it's mouth.
Any ideas? Purple Heron?

Also seen Stone Curlew, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Nightingale, Woodchat Shrike and plenty of B-W Stilts present.

66 total species seen today!
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Hi Mike
What and when is the"Big South"?
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Hi Phil. Mallorca can be a great place for migration. In the spring I believe there is broad-front migration all along the south coast. Many species, particularly raptors, move up the Island along the side of the Tramuntana mountains and out through the north at Formentor and surrounding coast.
In the autumn, the reverse happens, with birds arriving on the north coast, working their way south and leaving Mallorca at the most southerly point, Cap de Ses Salines.
Many birders, particularly the locals, meet at the Cap to watch the migrants leaving and have named this annual event as the "Big South". The number of raptors can be impressive on the right day. Many Hoopoes and Bee-eaters also pass through, I have seen over 200 Bee-eaters in a morning. Honey Buzzard are sometimes numerous and there are Hobbies, large numbers of migrant Kestrels and the odd surprise like the now annual Lesser Spotted Eagle.
It's a great day out and is what birding is all about for me, lots of fun and laughter, great birds and good company. Visitors are always welcome as some have found out but I did find it very difficult to begin with as I spoke no Spanish. Mind you, I'm not much better now! All the locals are very helpful thankfully. Mike
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