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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 06:52   #751
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Hi Laurie
That’s the first I’ve heard of it!
It’s very hard to sift through all the reports from visiting birders, some genuine and others are erroneous.
All have to be checked because you just never know.
Not all birders post on here so it’s hard to keep track of all records.
I personally have no problem when mistakes are made, I have a bit of history there myself, and I believe everyone is at a different level and I accept that.
Thanks for the news Laurie, if you hear any more, let us know!
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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 07:44   #752
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Cheers Mike

Just out of interest do you get Greenish Warbler as a rare Autumn migrant on Mallorca (i wont waste your time enquiring about the other).

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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 12:28   #753
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As far as I am aware, the first Balearic Islands record of Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trociloides, was from Illa de l'Aire, Sant Lluís, on Menorca, 24 September 2013.
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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 17:08   #754
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Hi everyone,

First of all thanks to everyone for keeping this thread up to date. It is a great resource when visiting the island.
My brother and I are currently staying close to Pollenca. Yesterday evening we made a brief stop at S‘Albufera and were happy to find a Whimbrel.
For tomorrow we are having the ridiculous plan to do a Big Day of Birding.
We plan to go to s‘Albufera for sunrise, then Toucan Marsh, Albufereta and Pollenca backlanes. After that to Cuber Reservoir, then back towards Pollenca and potentially to Formentor to look for Shearwaters, then again to S‘Albufera for sundown.
Any ideas or comments for our tour plan or how to increase number of birds are welcome.

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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 17:37   #755
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Any ideas or comments for our tour plan or how to increase number of birds are welcome.

Cheers,
Stefan
If you still need things like cirl bunting, wryneck etc. after Cuber it might be worth stopping at Mortitx and walking down to the vineyard and back (you could get black/ griffon vultures there too). You certainly won’t have time to do the whole valley, sadly.

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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 18:42   #756
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Blimey, that’s a brutal schedule!
Good luck, you will see lots of good things I’m sure. Take plenty of water!
Do let us know what you see and your day total.
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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 06:08   #757
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Just remembered (too late for you Stefan) that it is not possible to drive to Formentor at this time of the year, the road is closed to cars and there is a bus service to the lighthouse.
I think this is a good idea, it is absolute chaos all the way down with queues, coaches and it gets very heated at times.
I used to get there at dawn and when I left there was often a fight for my parking space.
It was amusing at one level but something had to be done.
I’m not sure how well it’s working though..
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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 19:31   #758
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A couple of brief rain showers have done little to ease the humidity but just enough for me to venture out to the lighthouse, Porto Petro.
39 Scopoli’s shearwaters were the only birds out there but it was nice to be out again.
I always thought sea-watchers were a peculiar breed but I seem to have become one by default. There is something quite mesmerizing about gazing out to sea in the hopes of seeing something unusual. I’ve never found anything of note but you just never know I guess.
Spotted flycatchers are still everywhere and busy feeding young.
Turtle doves have moved to the roadsides and there are good numbers around our apartment as usual.
Stone curlews are very vocal at the moment and Scops owls are going bonkers on these hot, calm nights, they seem to be all over the park just now.
I’m up north tomorrow meeting up with Ben Nevis so I will post our sightings.
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Thank you, Mike and Stew, for your input for our Mallorca Big Day on 13. July 2019!
Here is the brief report of this crazy but really fantastic day. We started at 5:27 am at our finca (south-east of Pollenca) with a calling Stone Curlew and ended at Cape Formentor with Scopoli's Shearwaters over the ocean and Eleonora's Falcons in the sky at sunset.
The total number of bird species observed by my brother Fabian and me was 78 (+1 provisional, see below). Although we missed a few target species we hoped to see, we found others we didn't expect!
Here is a list of all birds observed with the respective locations:

Our finca (south-east of Pollenca), 5:27 am:
1) Stone Curlew (heard only, but later also seen at s'Albufera)
s'Albufera (main locations around the visitor center), ~6:10-9:45 am:
2) Common Blackbird
3) Cetti's Warbler
4) Common Wood Pigeon
5) House Sparrow
6) Zitting Cisticola
7) European Bee-eater
8) Purple Heron
9) Cattle Egret
10) Mallard
11) Black-crowned Night Heron
12) Little Egret
13) Glossy Ibis
14) Eurasian Coot
15) Purple Swamphen
16) Common Moorhen
17) European Greenfinch
18) Mediterranean Gull
19) Sardinian Warbler
20) Black-winged Stilt
21) Little Ringed Plover
22) Black-headed Gull
23) Common Shelduck
24) Western Marsh-Harrier
25) Marbled Duck
26) Common Tern
27) Eurasian Hoopoe
28) Spotted Flycatcher
29) Common Swift
30) Common Snipe
31) European Serin
32) European Goldfinch
33) Great Reed Warbler
34) Red-knobbed Coot
35) Moustached Warbler
36) Blackcap
37) Little Bittern
38) European Reed Warbler
39) Great Crested Grebe
40) Squacco Heron
41) Great Tit
42) Gadwall
43) Kentish Plover
44) Grey Heron
45) Green-winged Teal
46) Yellow Wagtail
47) Yellow-legged Gull
48) Common Stonechat
Salinas d'Albufera (stationary), ~9:55-10:05 am:
49) Water Rail
Road to Son Bosc/Depuradora, ~10:20-10:30 am:
50) Common Kestrel
51) Eurasian Collared Dove
52) Rock Pigeon (Feral)
Depuradora de S'Illot (raised platform), ~10:45-11:15 am:
53) Little Grebe
54) Red Kite
54) Green Sandpiper
55) Ruddy Shelduck
Albufereta (coast and first observation platform), ~12:00-12:25 am:
56) Audouin's Gull
57) Osprey
Pollenca backlanes (drive through backlanes with few stops), ~12:45-1:15 pm:
58) Woodchat Shrike
Port de Pollenca (breakwaters at beach), ~1:40-2:00 pm:
59) European Shag
Cuber Reservoir (south shore between parking lot and just past the dam), ~3:20-5:20 pm:
60) Common (Red) Crossbill
61) Black Vulture
62) Common Chaffinch
63) Griffon Vulture
64) Firecrest
65) Blue Tit
66) Common Nightingale
67) Common Linnet
68) Common House Martin
69) Booted Eagle
70) Tawny Pipit
71) Cirl Bunting
Gorg Blau Reservoir (stationary), ~5:50-6 pm:
72) Common Raven
Cape Formentor (stationary at Mirador Es Colomer), ~7:10-7:25 pm:
73) Eurasian Crag Martin
74) Scopoli's Shearwater
* Provisional: Pallid Swift (see photos)
Cape Formentor (lighthouse), ~7:10-7:25 pm:
75) Blue Rock Thrush
76) Peregrine Falcon
77) Eleonora's Falcon

We also tried for Scops Owl and European Nightjar after dark but could not find/hear any in the area of La Font between Pollenca and Port de Pollenca. My brother had both there 2 years ago every night.

We are not very familiar with Pallid Swift identification and the more you read about it the more tricky it seems to get. However, we were quite confident that we saw some at Cape Formentor.
I tried to take pictures of the candidates (see attached) and we are curious about your opinions and hope that we can add the 78th species to our list.
Is there any previous data on Big Days on Mallorca in general and in July in particular?
Anyhow, it was an exhausting but really great day!

Cheers,
Stefan and Fabian
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Old Yesterday, 18:57   #760
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I find the ID of birds from photographs very difficult but here goes.
Going by the second photograph I would say the bird is a Pallid Swift.
The crop is full which probably exaggerates the white throat, so not reliable.
The bird shows an eye mask, often described as an “alien” eye, a feature that Common never shows I believe.
The bird appears wider than common at the “hips”
There appears to be white fringes to the body feathers, a feature of Pallid.
The colour appears to be “mousy brown”, pro Pallid.
The wing tips appear blunter than Common.
Young Common Swift at this time of the year can be confusing but I will stick my neck out.
Someone else have a go.
I find identifying Pallid in the field not so difficult, especially before young are on the wing. They are clearly brown, more stocky, glide more and have slower wing beats.
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A great morning spent with Ben Nevis, our annual outing together and very enjoyable it was too.
Firstly at Son Bosc at least six Bee-eaters entertained us.
At the depuradora a Green Sandpiper, breeding Common tern, Purple heron, Marbled duck and a few Marsh harriers were the highlights.
A nice walk around Son Real followed and although it was very quiet, it had its moments with a super Hoopoe posing for us from the hide.
Good to meet up again Ben, great fun as always and thanks for keeping me so well informed on the health of Scotland’s wonderful birdlife including those majestic eagles.
Keep up the good work, see you next year!
All the best, Mike
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Pallid calls are also quite distinct

That is some day out - just contrast it with a day in my area of the West Midlands where there is hardly a Hirundine in the sky this year

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I have received a few reports of Song thrush being seen. I saw one at the Cap de Ses Salines last week, one was seen nearby and Philip saw one yesterday at s’Albufera. Exceptional dates.
Also at Albufera, one Little Bittern, 3 Greenshank and 24 Spotted redshank.
At Salobrar this morning, 2 Green sandpipers, 3 Spotted redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Wood sandpipers and 2 Curlew.
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Far and away the best place I have found for studying Pallid Swift are the caves at Porto Colom just under the “frying pan” roundabout.
StewB and I watched them going to and from the nest, the birds being incredibly close.
Views are possible from above and below so all identification features can be observed for as long as you want.
It must also be the best place for photographing them.
Super birds to watch.
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