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Old Monday 5th February 2018, 14:18   #151
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The cold weather has brought several winter birds into sight.
Alpine Accentors and Ring Ouzels reported in Puig d'en Galileu, Escorca
Great Photo Pep, want to post them?
Yes! a great observation for me, even we were waiting for the snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) or the choughs and they didnt appear, a great morning up there, but very very cold.
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Old Monday 5th February 2018, 15:30   #152
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Nice photos Pep. I am looking forward to seeing Alpine Accentors again. In fact, I am missing Mallorca more than I thought possible, it’s such a great place for birding. I will go straight to my local lighthouse for the amazing passage of Shearwaters in the late afternoon. It just has to be seen.
The only thing to cheer me up is a visit to Leighton Moss this Thursday. It’s flaming cold here though.
Mike, I have a reliable record of a Common Redstart wintering in Mallorca received from a top man so I know it’s 100% correct.
It doesn’t matter what the books say, there are sometimes exceptions.
See you all soon, Mike
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Old Wednesday 7th February 2018, 08:02   #153
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Weather still miserable here like the rest of Europe.
However several waders spotted in the last few days including:
Ringed Plovers, Kentish Plovers, Turnstones, Temmick Stint, Little Stints, Sanderlings and Dunlins.
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Old Wednesday 7th February 2018, 09:26   #154
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On a wet day, good TV on specialities of Mallorca

http://ib3tv.com/carta?id=d95392ca-9...TV&t=200&f=795

Starts about 7 minutes in..and details of the new Book!
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Old Wednesday 7th February 2018, 14:48   #155
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Two Alpine accentors at the tower in the pouring rain this morning. Also there Blue rock thrush, Black redstart, Robin, Balearic and Sardinian warblers.
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Old Thursday 8th February 2018, 18:24   #156
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A trip to the Arta region to met up with Kevin at the Calla Ratjada lighthouse.
Cold day but little rain.
Quiet birding
Birds seen included Balearic Shearwater, Ravens, Blue Rock Thrushes, Kestrels, Red Kites, Audouins Gulls.
Thanks Kevin for the Great Company and the excellent pork pies..Mike will be jealous.
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Old Thursday 8th February 2018, 20:02   #157
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I am jealous Mike. I spent the day at Leighton Moss with Mallorca Philip. Seven hours in a freezing, damp hide overlooking the greyness of a rain soaked marsh in a howling wind.
I loved every minute of it. Only a birder could do that. It was fun recalling our past twitches, birding abroad and other trivia.
Nobody can talk like a birder.
I had a rotten RSPB cheese sandwich though.
See you soon, Mike
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Old Friday 9th February 2018, 16:14   #158
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Still cold up North with a break in the rain.
Birds seen in Port de Pollensa included:
Little Egret, Audouins Gull, Yellow legged Gulls, Cormorant, Shag, Sandwich terns, Crossbills and Sardinian Warblers.
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Old Friday 9th February 2018, 20:27   #159
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1000 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters and Northern Gannets seen down South.
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 07:40   #160
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9 Oystercatchers just reported at beach of Albufereta.
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 07:58   #161
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 08:31   #162
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I hope they stay until I get back Cristina, Oystercatcher are remarkably hard to catch up with in Mallorca.
I sometimes see a few flying past Cap de Ses Salines and there is often a single bird at Salobrar at this time of the year. I hope everyone connects with them today. Mike
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 09:08   #163
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Perfecto..Well done!
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 14:31   #164
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Searching for nice Oystercatchers and dipped!

But great to see Flamingos in the Snow, Osprey catching a fish and StoneCurlews.
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 14:37   #165
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The Oystercatchers were seen again this morning and the first Barn swallow has made it through despite the unfavourable weather. Mike
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 18:52   #166
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No signals of the Oystercatchers today afternoon at Pollença Bay, but at Cami des Polls I got a big surprise with a barn owl long before the sunset and 13 waxbills, in a very, very cold day.
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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 19:00   #167
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No sings of the Oystercatchers today afternoon, but at Cami des Polls I got a big surprise with a barn owl long before the sunset and 13 waxbills, in a very, very cold day.
Brill! Well done Pep.
I still would like good views of Barn Owls!
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Old Sunday 11th February 2018, 17:28   #168
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Punta de n’Amer this afternoon yielded nothing other than quite a few of common birds, song thrushes, thekla’s larks both of theses in good numbers. 7 Stone Curlews, male Cirl bunting, stonechats gathering nesting materials, siskins and linnets... I was hoping for Balearic Warblers but I didn’t hear a single one.
Offshore, some distant action of a dozen or so Shearwaters, not sure which species, plus a few Audouins and Yellow-legged.
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Old Sunday 11th February 2018, 18:12   #169
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50 Fieldfares, Alpine accentors, Long tailed tits and a Woodcock reported down South at Calvia

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A sunny morning at last. Short trip to Calle san Vincente and S’Albuferata.

Birds seen at sea included Balearic Shearwaters and possible Cory Shearwater in the distant, Cormorant and Shags.

Audouins and Yellow legged Gulls, Flamingos(90), Water Rails, Green Shanks(8), Common Sandpiper, Goldfinches, Serins, RL Partridges, Fan tailed, Cetti and Sardinian Warblers, Blue Rock Thrush and Mistle Thrush, as well as Chiffchaffs also seen.

The Platform at Albuferata is difficult to reach because of the water levels etc.
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Old Monday 12th February 2018, 10:55   #171
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Spoke to soon..the rain is back

Birds reported near Palma and Esporles included:

Goldcrest, Hawfinches, Redwings, Fieldfare, Red Kites and Booted Eagles.
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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 14:42   #172
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Sun is back....An afternoon visit to Ses Fonts Ufanes by the Caves at Campanet.
Great Apple Pie and Coffee at the Caves.

Birds seen included Black Vulture, Red Kites (2), Booted Eagles(3), Kestrels, Ravens, Crag Martins, Goldfinches and Serins, Cetti and Sardinian warblers, Little and Cattle Egrets.

Mike should be back now after his trip to Blighty
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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 15:37   #173
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Yes, just back indoors. Lighting a fire then going to watch the Shearwaters and look for Woodcock. See you soon Mike. Mike!
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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 16:19   #174
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Yes, just back indoors. Lighting a fire then going to watch the Shearwaters and look for Woodcock. See you soon Mike. Mike!
You know I need the woodcock, and the owls....I have missed you!!
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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 17:12   #175
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The salt pans in the south were quite quiet this morning, too much water is the problem, so there were few waders.
108 Golden plovers were nice, about 80 Flamingoes, a large group of Kentish plovers, a few Avocets and Black-winged stilts.
Marsh harriers were very active with at least six in the sky together.
Some Oystercatchers are still around, Mike will post later as I believe he found them!
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