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Old Tuesday 21st May 2019, 17:43   #626
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A few more pics. from late April early May, Blue rock thrush Formentor, Collared praticoles and female Redstart S'Albufera and White stork near the airport.
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Old Tuesday 21st May 2019, 18:25   #627
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]A few pics. from early May. Black tern Depuradura, Red footed falcon from Pla de Lanzell, Roller from Son Real and Griffon from Albercux.
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Old Tuesday 21st May 2019, 19:59   #628
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Hope so Mike, they looked very dodgy, think its the area of the once proposed golf course?
Shrew Rat in one of the boxes at albufereta, some young also seen in the box. 20th April.
C. Pratincole salbufera 22nd April.
Barn Swallow salbufera 22nd April.
11 Glossy Ibis over Lienaire towards albufereta 22nd April.
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Old Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 09:17   #629
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]A few pics. from early May. Black tern Depuradura, Red footed falcon from Pla de Lanzell, Roller from Son Real and Griffon from Albercux.
The Griffon is actually a Cinereous vulture
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Whilst scooting around the Island, I have noticed three small flocks of Starlings. It’s impossible to say which species they were from the car but my suspicions were that they were Spotless. They were well away from their normal breeding grounds so they may well be expanding but if anyone knows, do post here.
One flock were around the Botanical gardens near Ses Salines, one near Es Llombards and I can’t remember where the third flock was.
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Old Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 17:37   #631
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Shrew Rat in one of the boxes at albufereta, some young also seen in the box. 20th April.
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Hi Steve

Presumably you mean shrew or rat as the Shrew Rat is Asiatic.

It's certainly not a shrew so I would assume a rat, either brown or black and possibly the latter, but hard to tell. They usually make a ball-shaped nest in trees.

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Old Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 19:10   #632
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Hi Martin,
i did ask one of the locals and he called it a shrew rat, maybe one of these.Isarog striped shrew-rat (Chrotomys gonzalesi)
Blazed Luzon shrew rat (Chrotomys silaceus)
Sibuyan striped shrew rat (Chrotomys sibuyanensis

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Whilst scooting around the Island, I have noticed three small flocks of Starlings. It’s impossible to say which species they were from the car but my suspicions were that they were Spotless. They were well away from their normal breeding grounds so they may well be expanding but if anyone knows, do post here.
One flock were around the Botanical gardens near Ses Salines, one near Es Llombards and I can’t remember where the third flock was.
Thanks, Mike
I saw this single Spotless starling at Pla de Lanzell a couple of weeks ago.
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 06:19   #634
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i did ask one of the locals and he called it a shrew rat, maybe one of these.Isarog striped shrew-rat (Chrotomys gonzalesi)
Blazed Luzon shrew rat (Chrotomys silaceus)
Sibuyan striped shrew rat (Chrotomys sibuyanensis

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I can't find any reference to any of these species on the Balearic Islands. The list of mammals, including escapes/introductions is quite short. I'm wondering if it might be a Garden Dormouse, Eliomys quercinus.

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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 07:01   #635
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I can't find any reference to any of these species on the Balearic Islands. The list of mammals, including escapes/introductions is quite short. I'm wondering if it might be a Garden Dormouse, Eliomys quercinus.
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Yes I agree with you, in Majorca there are not the shrew species than Steve says, I think it is a Garden Dormouse, common in Majorca.
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Thanks Kevin, you have just reminded me where I saw the other ones, Pla de Lanzell.
Maybe a few stray, I don’t know, but there were at least three at the Botanic gardens.
I also saw two in s’Alqueria Blanca a couple of years back.
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 09:24   #637
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Yes I agree with you, in Majorca there are not the shrew species than Steve says, I think it is a Garden Dormouse, common in Majorca.
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The mammals I have sometimes found in nest boxes are Rattus rattus /Roof Rat (if I have identified it right) and Elyomis quercinus/Garden Dormouse
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 12:12   #638
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Egyptian vulture again around Llenaire hotel this morning.
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 16:46   #639
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Josep Manchado it's right, that is a training dog's area, so at the momment there is nothing to do. We are trying to protect that area, so maybe in the future the situation will be different, we'll see!

And, Mike, I think you are right too, and Spotless Starling populations are increasing. Lately I've seen quite a few in some new places near Palma, always in very small numbers, anyway.

2 days ago from the coast of Portocolom, one Little Tern and at least 13 Storm Petrels. In s'Albufera still a dozen or more Ringed Plovers, and in Bassa de Can Guidet 1 Whiskered Tern, so migration is still not over.

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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 19:37   #640
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A few pics from my recent holiday to Mallorca which sadly came to end last Saturday. Great time as usual. Missed out on the rollers but still managed to see some great birds. Are there less woodchat shrikes around? - only seen 3 in the week staying near the Bocquer. Mick
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A few pics from my recent holiday to Mallorca which sadly came to end last Saturday. Great time as usual. Missed out on the rollers but still managed to see some great birds. Are there less woodchat shrikes around? - only seen 3 in the week staying near the Bocquer. Mick
Wow! Fantastic images. Well done.

As for the Woodchats. I saw more this Spring than in previous years. So probably a case of right place and time.
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Also for Cristina, these 2 guys were fishing early morning at La Gola, the lady was not with them. 24 April.
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Thank you for the info :(
Although there are no-fishing signs some people do it.
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The photo of the BR Thrush with the gecko is a very interesting record.
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The photo of the BR Thrush with the gecko is a very interesting record.
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This is the second year in a row where I have witnessed a female BR Thrush take geckos. Not sure if it's the same bird or not (as in the same area) but it seemed to favour them over insects / beetles. Mick
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Wow! Fantastic images. Well done.

As for the Woodchats. I saw more this Spring than in previous years. So probably a case of right place and time.
Thanks but I have plenty of 'duff blurry' images. Luckily a few came out ok.

With regards to the shrikes it Just seemed strange I was out birding each day but seen only a few. I'll have to try harder or stay out longer!!
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This is the second year in a row where I have witnessed a female BR Thrush take geckos. Not sure if it's the same bird or not (as in the same area) but it seemed to favour them over insects / beetles. Mick
Many years ago (1st May 2000) I witnessed Blue Rock Thrush with a Gecko on Formentor peninsula.

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After seven days at Puerto de Pollenca, just a summary of our visit:

Firstly two unsavoury experiences - at the S'Albufereta near Torrent de Sant Jordi on the main road, we were targeted by pickpockets who got very close to us but we had our wits about us and kept a good distance from them. Later in the week on the Friday at Alcudia Old Town whilst awaiting a bus a team of pickpockets tried again. This time getting much closer before I spotted the hand manoeuvre. We made a commotion and they disappeared rapidly.

Sunday 19 May - S'Albufereta's back lanes - produced a single Bee-eater, Squacco, a flypast Hoopoe, a single Woodchat Shrike and 2 Booted Eagles.

Monday 20 May - Albufera - Night Heron after much hard work, 6 Eleanora Falcons, half a dozen Bee-eaters at Son Bosc, Glossy Ibis, a successful hunting Osprey and Zitting Cisticola (I've always wanted to type this!).

Tuesday 21 May - S'Albufereta, Can Cuarrassa - walking along the lanes there were Thekla Larks, just 1 Tawny Pippet, Whinchat and Black and Griffon Vultures overhead. The best find however was a single Stone Curlew that stood almost motionless for at least 5 minutes. A walk to Cala de Sant Vicenc turned up a surprise Bonelli's Eagle above the cliffs.

Wednesday 22 May - Ternelles valley - this excursion may not be everyone's cup of tea as you spend over 4 hours walking up the valley with a guide and a small group of other people most of which were not birders. Nevertheless, great views of Black Vultures (5), 3 of which perched on the side of the cliffs giving everyone great views through the scope. Several views of Booted Eagles.

Thursday 23 May - Cuber - after walking over the dam from the east bank we heard an unfamiliar song and after standing around for a few minutes we eventually found a male Subalpine Warbler in the shrubbery. Two Griffon Vultures soared overhead. Along the west bank we heard the kyee-kyee-kyee of the Wryneck although we were unable to find the bird. On the way to Cuber early morning just after Lluc we had a Pine Marten run across the road in front of us. In the afternoon a quick visit to Boquer Valley produced a Balearic Warbler.

Friday 24 May - S'Albufereta - behind the Club Pollentia resort we found Yellow and a Blue-headed Wagtail. Whilst walking to the hide behind the swimming pool in the ditch to the right there was a Viper.

All in all, a successful trip, with thanks to Christina at La Gola for pointing us in the right directions on occasions.
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Couple more shots of the rodent, didn't see any dark around the eye so think maybe a roof rat that Christina has posted.
Water rail 27th albufereta.
Hoopoe 27th salbufera.
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After seven days at Puerto de Pollenca, just a summary of our visit:

Firstly two unsavoury experiences - at the S'Albufereta near Torrent de Sant Jordi on the main road, we were targeted by pickpockets who got very close to us but we had our wits about us and kept a good distance from them. Later in the week on the Friday at Alcudia Old Town whilst awaiting a bus a team of pickpockets tried again. This time getting much closer before I spotted the hand manoeuvre. We made a commotion and they disappeared rapidly.

Sunday 19 May - S'Albufereta's back lanes - produced a single Bee-eater, Squacco, a flypast Hoopoe, a single Woodchat Shrike and 2 Booted Eagles.

Monday 20 May - Albufera - Night Heron after much hard work, 6 Eleanora Falcons, half a dozen Bee-eaters at Son Bosc, Glossy Ibis, a successful hunting Osprey and Zitting Cisticola (I've always wanted to type this!).

Tuesday 21 May - S'Albufereta, Can Cuarrassa - walking along the lanes there were Thekla Larks, just 1 Tawny Pippet, Whinchat and Black and Griffon Vultures overhead. The best find however was a single Stone Curlew that stood almost motionless for at least 5 minutes. A walk to Cala de Sant Vicenc turned up a surprise Bonelli's Eagle above the cliffs.

Wednesday 22 May - Ternelles valley - this excursion may not be everyone's cup of tea as you spend over 4 hours walking up the valley with a guide and a small group of other people most of which were not birders. Nevertheless, great views of Black Vultures (5), 3 of which perched on the side of the cliffs giving everyone great views through the scope. Several views of Booted Eagles.

Thursday 23 May - Cuber - after walking over the dam from the east bank we heard an unfamiliar song and after standing around for a few minutes we eventually found a male Subalpine Warbler in the shrubbery. Two Griffon Vultures soared overhead. Along the west bank we heard the kyee-kyee-kyee of the Wryneck although we were unable to find the bird. On the way to Cuber early morning just after Lluc we had a Pine Marten run across the road in front of us. In the afternoon a quick visit to Boquer Valley produced a Balearic Warbler.

Friday 24 May - S'Albufereta - behind the Club Pollentia resort we found Yellow and a Blue-headed Wagtail. Whilst walking to the hide behind the swimming pool in the ditch to the right there was a Viper.

All in all, a successful trip, with thanks to Christina at La Gola for pointing us in the right directions on occasions.
Just got back from Mallorca. I was also a target for pick pockets in Alcudia Old Town last Tuesday. Twice I managed to avoid them, but caught off guard on the third and they took my wallet which was in a studded pocket in my cargo trousers. Felt a nip and then gone in seconds. Only lost 2 credit/debit cards that were cancelled within a minute of their loss and about 40 Euros. Please beware of you're visiting here especially on market day which is Sundays and Tuesdays.
On the birding front, saw some good stuff. Didn't see any Balearic Warbler as I have given up searching for them - there's too much else to look for anyway. I only met one couple who actually saw any birds near the viewing platform at Son Real. I didn't bother with the Boquer Valley either. There are far too many people these days about for my liking. Shame as it's a fab scenic spot if nothing else.
Highlights included a flock of 63 Eleonora's Falcons over the South side of Albufera and the escaped Golden Eagle being mobbed by 5 Marsh Harriers
Also a female Red footed Falcon in the middle of Can Pickafort in an empty field scoped from my hotel balcony.
I didn't post any daily sightings as I got a little fed up of receiving emails from private companies who had read my earlier posting and were aware that I was in Mallorca. That's what you get from public forums. Still love The place to death but will not be contributing anything further to the forum due to these intrusions.
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I didn't post any daily sightings as I got a little fed up of receiving emails from private companies who had read my earlier posting and were aware that I was in Mallorca. That's what you get from public forums. Still love The place to death but will not be contributing anything further to the forum due to these intrusions.
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I've never had this problem and I don't recall anyone mentioning it previously (although I may be wrong). Perhaps someone with a greater knowledge than I may be able to suggest something as it would be a shame to lose your records.
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