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Old Saturday 31st December 2016, 23:17   #1
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Mallorca 2017

Happy New Year to all readers and contributors of this thread.
May 2017 bring you all good health and lots of great birds. 2016 has been exceptionally good for rare birds so let's hope the coming year continues in the same fashion.
I look forward to meeting up with many of you again later in the year. The Island is in good shape with more protected areas and an ever expanding group of locals who are all great fun and very helpful. Best wishes, Mike
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Happy New Year to all readers and contributors of this thread.
May 2017 bring you all good health and lots of great birds. 2016 has been exceptionally good for rare birds so let's hope the coming year continues in the same fashion.
I look forward to meeting up with many of you again later in the year. The Island is in good shape with more protected areas and an ever expanding group of locals who are all great fun and very helpful. Best wishes, Mike
Wishing all the best for 2017

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Old Sunday 1st January 2017, 16:57   #3
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Our usual beach party at Mondrago was a good place to start the year with three Hoopoes, lots of Black Redstarts, Firecrest, Serin, Cirl Bunting, Sardinian Warbler, Red Kite and Booted Eagle.
Common Crane are being seen regularly at Salobrar de Campos.
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Old Monday 2nd January 2017, 15:42   #4
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The Black throated diver is still at Port Andratx, a few Red-breasted mergansers are being seen from the coast and Common Cranes are at both Son Ferriol and Salobrar de Campos. Mike
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Old Monday 2nd January 2017, 15:53   #5
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happy new year all. i look forward to my trip in May.
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Thumbs up Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all.
Looking forward to returning to the Island In July.
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Old Monday 2nd January 2017, 19:01   #7
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Looking forward to seeing you here in July Ben Nevis, it's always a great day out. Mike
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Looking forward to seeing you here in July Ben Nevis, it's always a great day out. Mike
And one of the highlights of my holiday,shall be spending birding time In your excellent company,Mike.
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Plenty of good birds being seen, mainly from the coast, Red-breasted Merganser in Colonia Sant Jordi and Porto Colom, Gannet, lots of Sandwich terns today together with a Whimbrel and there have been a few Razorbills around. Glorious weather, which is normal for the first half of January, but it can turn much colder for the second half. Blossom here and there, a few butterflies and wild flowers galore. Mike
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 16:07   #10
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Happy New Year to all The Majorca Forum Guys & Girls.
Trying to squeeze a week in on the island early March.
Always wanted to give the hill Walking a go but it's always been on the Hot side on my previous visits,thus an early visit this year.
Hope to maybe catch up with Alpine Accentor and Hawfinch too and let's not forget the wild flowers which should be showing nicely.

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Hi Bob, glad you are coming back and March will certainly be cooler. It's a funny month, quite cold and rainy on some days yet warm and sunny at times too, it's pot luck really. Alpine Accentors will still be around and I will post all sightings on here to keep you up to date. The approach road to the tower at Albercutx is usually good for this species.
Hawfinch I have mentioned, but as a reminder, the hide at Son Real is far and away the best place. It's on the blue walk number 4.
As you say, the wild flowers can be stunning, the road to the depuradora, Albufera is usually a very good place.
Good luck, let me know if I can help in any way. Mike

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I visited Salobrar this morning. The water level was surprisingly high and my half-height boots did not quite cut it. So I ended up on the road to Es Trenc beach where I found a small feeding ground for waders. 7 species in one shot taken from the car about 20m away.
Also a surprise sight of a Hen Harrier, flying quite high, going east.
Other than that, quite a few Flamingoes, Shelducks, a couple Marsh Harriers. Unfortunately, I couldn't sight any Cranes.
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Thanks Patrick, a nice male Hen Harrier. The water levels are impossibly high so the Es Trenc road is the only option at the moment. The Cranes often move to nearby fields to feed, early morning I have found is the best time to see them in flight. Hope this helps. Mike
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Thanks Mike, I will try searching nearer the Polo Club for cranes next time I go that way.
On a different non-bird matter, I have been puzzled for quite some time about finding in at least three different locations in the Tramuntana, pine cones eaten away as a squirrel would do it, clean to the bone. I read they do not occur on the island but I can't think what else would do that. In one place the cones were old and could have been eaten on the ground, by goats?. But at the other two locations, near Sant Elm recently, the cone were freshly stripped and plentiful in a small area, as if they had been dropped from the tree already eaten. Any ideas?
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Hi Patrick, yes, someone has already noticed that and there was a discussion on here about it. I can't remember the outcome, I will try to find it and let you know. There are no squirrels, only Pine Martens and Gennet. Mike
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Hi Patrick, yes, someone has already noticed that and there was a discussion on here about it. I can't remember the outcome, I will try to find it and let you know. There are no squirrels, only Pine Martens and Gennet. Mike
It was back in March 2014. I'm not sure if there was a final concensus.

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I read they do not occur on the island but I can't think what else would do that. In one place the cones were old and could have been eaten on the ground, by goats?. But at the other two locations, near Sant Elm recently, the cone were freshly stripped and plentiful in a small area, as if they had been dropped from the tree already eaten. Any ideas?
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They are rats who eat pine cones on that way, big rats, sometimes with big nests on the up side of the big pine trees.
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Results are in for the "BigYear" here in Mallorca.
The very worthy winner was Pep who thoroughly deserves top spot. He is not only an excellent birder but he is very rigorous about his records having photographed nearly all of them.
There is usually a presentation evening which is a riotous event and quite unlike anything I have ever attended before.
Thanks also to Carlos for all his hard work compiling the results.
It has been great fun and I thank all the locals for allowing me to take part and be one of their group.
Results can be viewed here: bigyearmallorca.blogspot.com
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They are rats who eat pine cones on that way, big rats, sometimes with big nests on the up side of the big pine trees.
Hi Pep, thank you, problem solved. Rats crossed my mind but I never really thought they could get that big here.
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Hi Bob, glad you are coming back and March will certainly be cooler. It's a funny month, quite cold and rainy on some days yet warm and sunny at times too, it's pot luck really. Alpine Accentors will still be around and I will post all sightings on here to keep you up to date. The approach road to the tower at Albercutx is usually good for this species.
Hawfinch I have mentioned, but as a reminder, the hide at Son Real is far and away the best place. It's on the blue walk number 4.
As you say, the wild flowers can be stunning, the road to the depuradora, Albufera is usually a very good place.
Good luck, let me know if I can help in any way. Mike
Thanks Again Mike I will keep checking the Majorca thread as I always do anyways

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Hi Pep, thank you, problem solved. Rats crossed my mind but I never really thought they could get that big here.
Congratulations for your Big Year win.
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Presumably black rats as they have nests in trees. There are some scientific papers from the early 1990s about the acquisition of pine cone stripping behaviour in black rats in Israel - feeding on presumably the same species of pine - Pinus halapensis.

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Thanks Martin, interesting, I shall look ít up.
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Hi Mike, I'm back out on Monday so if you are available we can hook up. Do you know if the White Stork is still hanging around.
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Hi Kevin, that would be great as our guests leave tomorrow and I can now do a bit more birding.
Yes, I think Pep photographed the White Stork yesterday.
There is nearly always one overwintering. A couple of years ago there was one around Campos which was handy for me, I saw it three times.
Be in touch, no other news today. Mike
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Today I have been until the dark at the Depuradora de s'Albufera and I have got a nice present with this beautiful Scops owl.
Happy new year
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