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  1. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Thanks Mike for a great day out. You delivered not only coffee and biscuits, but also some really nice birds for my year list which you kindly had staked out. Brilliant. Thanks. Mike
  2. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    I’m sure many Mallorca aficionados will be very pleased about La Gola being opened. It’s a gem of a reserve and has attracted a good few rare and scarce birds over the years. We will all be there soon, thanks Pere and good luck. Mike
  3. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Mike Swiss elected me to report on today’s outing to the town of Petra, but I would be better equipped to talk about the lunch, such was the paucity of bird life. Just Booted eagle, Red kite and Kestrel adorned a perfect blue sky, but our target birds, Tree sparrows, were nowhere to be seen. It...
  4. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Maties also did a seawatch this afternoon just up the road from me at Porto Colom and he saw 2,516 Balearic shearwaters and 13 Scopoli’s shearwaters. He also saw a Razorbill going south and 2 Great skua, my target bird for today. I don’t know why the Razorbill didn’t come past me and I was very...
  5. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Having returned from the UK late last night, I was itching to get to my local lighthouse tonight. I got there super-early and spent 3 hours there. It’s a funny old thing is seawatching. Tonight, it felt right, I couldn’t say why, just a gut feeling. Sure enough, 2,036 Balearic shearwaters went...
  6. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    On my regular seawatch, I normally see 2 or 3 Yelkouan shearwaters in with the balearic shearwaters.. There are probably more but I fail to identify some. I believe 7 were recorded recently on the east coast. With practice, it is possible to pick them out amongst the hundreds of Balearic...
  7. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Some White storks have been seen, so scarce this winter so far. I don’t have more details yet. Mike
  8. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Hi Hugh I well remember Common buzzard being so rare in South London in the 1970’s. I found one at the sewage farm near where I’m staying now but it met with sceptisism. It was turned down as an escapee! I had to go to Devon to get my first ever. How things have changed. Those wretched...
  9. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Hi Mike A few people commented on Merlín on this forum a short time ago. Generally, it was agreed that it is a nice addition to our birding experiences but it’s far from fool-proof. I have had some very wonky results around Mallorca. Twice, it has recorded a Hawfinch when I’m fairly certain...
  10. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Thanks Håkan and Stew. I think I read in Bill Oddie’s Little Black Bird Book saying that if you hear a bird and don’t know what it is, it’s probably a Great tit. How true it has often been. Even with recordings identification can be controversial, like the bird recording a short while back on...
  11. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Ps. I have learnt to never say never in the birding world. Just look at the highly unlikely birds that have turned up in the UK along with quite a few here in Mallorca. “Any bird, anywhere, anytime”. You just never know. Mike
  12. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Hi H Johnsson Sorry, I forgot your first name. Nuthatch is extremely unlikely, I don’t know of any record at all in Mallorca. I’m just trying to think what else it could have been. I will play some recordings and see what I can come up with. Anyone else is very welcome to have a go! Mike
  13. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Nice birds Mike. Several year birds for me there so I’m looking forward to getting back to Mallorca. I’ve been in south London for a week now and it has rained just about every day. I’ve forgotten what sunshine looks like. Next stop Shrewsbury for a few days so I hope to get to Venus Pool for at...
  14. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    I think your orchid is a Giant orchid Mike but others will know more than me. I usually see them around this time of the year. Mike
  15. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Just to catch up with some news. Pep found a Common gull at Bassa de Can Guidet last week, a very scarce bird here in Mallorca. Jane and I met Susan and Mike yesterday for our annual bash round Porto Colom. We rarely see much at all but it’s a great laugh and an unbelievably cheap, delicious...
  16. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    I was on watch at my local lighthouse tonight and I was hoping to break 200 Balearic shearwaters. 272 was the final total although I got there a bit late and may have missed a few early ones. In January, the shearwaters came through in singles mostly but they have now reverted to their usual...
  17. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    And what a lovely day it was too David. Thank you for your excellent company and as you say, some great birds. The pies were the best ever, succulent lamb with peas and gravy, all enclosed in crumbly pastry. Ten out of ten for the first time ever. It’s a Tufted duck I’m reliably informed by...
  18. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    The Penduline tits are still being seen at Sa porrassa, Magaluf. Maybe up to 5 birds there with some super photos now appearing. Also, a few Barn swallows are being seen around the Island, notably, Sa Porrassa and Maristany. Those migrants are on their way! Mike
  19. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    We went for a late afternoon walk down to the salt pans of Salobrar de Campos today, all unplanned, but we had to escape from the dreadful racket of pneumatic drills next door due to renovations. We could not have picked a quieter place, nor a nicer day. It was a beautiful, still and sunny day...
  20. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    After another work out at the gym this morning, I went to Magaluf again. As soon as I arrived, Penduline tits seemed to be all around. I heard two and one popped up right in front of me. It was gone in a flash. Merlin confirmed the call but they were near enough to be sure anyway. I fumbled for...
  21. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    It’s a wonderful walk Mike, as you say, only open on Sundays. I remember you showing me a Dunnock there! Highly recommended as one of the best walks in Mallorca. Thank you for posting it. Mike
  22. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Kevin has been to Magaluf this morning and he saw two Penduline tits with ease. I wish I could say the same. Ah well, at least I know where I’m going tomorrow. Well done to Kevin though. Mike
  23. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    It’s been a very long day but I just popped out onto the balcony and a superb Long-eared owl flew super-close by, so silent and majestic. After a frenetic work-out at the gym, I made a mad dash to Magaluf to hopefully catch up with the Penduline tit on the reserve there. No luck but to make...
  24. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    I might be better talking about the pies and the weather today as there weren’t many birds to mention. We met Mike Swiss, Susan and Austin at the salt pans, Salobrar, this morning. After a leisurely coffee, we walked down the Es Trenc road. A good flock of Avocet were seen in flight after a...
  25. Mike Montier

    Mallorca 2024

    Wow! What fantastic records Biel. I think we are going birding with you soon, together with Geordie David. I’m sticking with you! What an incredible run or rarities. I’ve always said, there are more birds in Mallorca than we know about and now we are finding more and more. I hope it continues...
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