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  1. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    I’ve had a 7 hours visit to Albufera today with Kevin where, fortunately, there is more water in the ponds and more waders. We’ve seen 300+ black winged stilt, hundreds of cattle and little egret, around 20 glossy ibis, 1 Squacco heron; dozens of greenshank, spotted redshank and a handful of...
  2. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    I’ve been here 2 weeks now. When they said 30-40 degrees I thought they meant Fahrenheit which for us northern Geordie hill folk is vest and underpants weather. It has been hot. I’ve not seen another birder, other my equally mad pals, while I’ve been here. There is almost no water at Albufera...
  3. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    More from today
  4. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Met Mike Montier first thing this morning for cafe con leche at the sports centre cafe at Mairia de la Salut before our tour of the central plains. He brought lamb and peas pies, I brought nothing but some Geordie humour and gallons of water. It was up to 42° at times. After a quiet start where...
  5. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    I haven’t been out birding for a couple of days so after an early morning run to drop her ladyship off at the airport, before I stay on for another week, I was keen to get out. Starting at Albufereta where a single great white was with 30+ little egret. There were at least 5 purple and 1 grey...
  6. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    A return visit to the central plains today starting from Maria de la Salut and touring the back roads. Plenty of red kite about, meadow pipit, fan tailed and Cetti’s warblers. Up to 12 kestrel species at a time on the wires of which we had 2 male lesser. It was hot, up to 37°, so we retired to...
  7. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    A late evening trip to the Depuradora and to the Son Bosc side of S’Illot tonight with Kevin. Within 10 minutes we were rewarded with a churring nightjar, shortly followed by a wing clap and then a close by flyover before it landed in a nearby tree giving good views. After a moment or two it...
  8. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    A slight digression from the raptors we’ve seen today but isn’t this fan tailed warbler a beautifully stunning bird. Seen by Mike M and me earlier in the week.
  9. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Our the plains we went on to depuradora, son bosc and Maristany. Adding bee eaters, stone curlew, purple heron, yellow wagtail, Little ringed plover, Osprey, common and red crested pochard, gc grebe, gadwall and reed warbler. I’m reliably informed by our official counter we had 42 birds in the...
  10. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Our visit to the plains produced common and lesser kestrel, black and red kite, marsh and montagus harrier, hobby and booted eagle. Who says there’s no birds about!!
  11. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    I’ve been saying all week that there are no birds about. Today Phil A and I took a different tack and headed in land to the “White Plains” at Maria de la Salut. We had a quiet start but saw lots of kestrels, up to 12 together at one point, always distant on the wires and in a growing heat haze...
  12. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Continuing the theme of birdless days I met Mike Montier at Depuradora this morning. Common sandpiper, ringed plover, yellow wagtail, 3 glossy ibis, 2 hoopoe and a couple of marsh harriers in well over an hour made us move on to Albufera main reserve. Water levels are very low with no waders...
  13. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    An early morning walk in a largely birdless Boquer valley today. 2 hours produced several Sardinian warblers, 2 Eleonoras falcons at the seaward end and nothing else. Good to see that they’ve added extra stone and levelled off the car park at the entrance. No sign of any work ongoing at the...
  14. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Arrived back in Mallorca yesterday on a full flight from Newcastle. It took an hour to come through Border Control but other than that it was all straightforward. A word of caution: car hire is expensive and I’m being charged more than double the rate I paid when I was here 4 weeks ago. Had a...
  15. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Sightings at Es Forcadet
  16. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Following on the posts about white headed duck. From memory there were 8 released at Albufera in mid October 2020. Kevin and I saw 4 at Es Forcadet at the back of Albufera on 17th. On 20 October we saw a single bird at Depuradora. I liked again when I was last back this June in both locations...
  17. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Met Kevin and Phil A at Son Baulo this morning for a walk along the Torrente then along the beach to Son Real. A group of 6 turnstones and a woodchat shrike were new birds for me this week, but otherwise it was very quiet once again. I’m flying back to Newcastle tomorrow after a week stay here...
  18. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    A couple of hours at Albercutx this morning. 2 griffon vultures, peregrine, Raven, Blue rock thrush,, Sardinian warblers feeding young, swifts, crag martins, possible Balearic warbler. On to Cala San Vicenc woods, crossbills, firecrest, wren, dunnock, blackcap. On to Port Alcudia for Covid test...
  19. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Friday. Let’s go to Cuber for vultures, rock thrush, spectacled warbler we said. We can then go on to Mortix for Bonellis and more vultures we said!! Instead we arrived early at a very quiet Cuber where a helicopter was taking water out of the reservoir, no vultures to be seen for the next 2...
  20. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Spent Thursday along the north coast at Albufera, Maristany, Albufereta and the scrape behind Port Blue Hotel. It was hot and very quiet. 2 gull billed terns at Albufera where the pick of the morning with very few waders about. I did see greet reed warbler and moustached warbler though. Squacco...
  21. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    After 7 months and several failed attempts finally made it back to the island on a deserted flight from Newcastle yesterday. Today was a story of what might have been. Started early at Son Bosc with 3 Eleonoras falcons and a single bee eater. Moved in to Depuradora to meet Kevin, Mike M and Phil...
  22. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Mike, re your comment about rose coloured starlings. We've got one on the Northumberland coast this morning. Also got a bee eater. With a few rarities predicted here this might not be the best time to come out after all!!
  23. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Mike I'm finally able to travel back and arrive on Tuesday 8 June, but only for 1 week to check on the apartment. My last trip was late October last year. I've also got a 3-4 week visit booked in July. With migration over I might not be troubling the leaderboard much but delighted just to be...
  24. Geordie Dave

    Mallorca 2021

    Mike, I'm one of the many "itching to get here". I've already had flights cancelled in every month January-May this year. There does appear to be a glimmer of hope that we will be allowed to travel from 17 May but I think much will depend on whether Mallorca is ready to receive us. With only 3%...
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