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Old Thursday 14th November 2019, 11:54   #1226
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Thanks Martin.
Pep has also confirmed the sighting.
I saw what I believe was a Hume’s warbler at Porto Colom last year but without hearing the call or having photographs, I chose not submit it.
I was told that Yellow-browed warblers can vary quite a lot so a dull individual could not be ruled out.
The finder of this recent sighting is a top class birder so it seems likely to be accepted.
I feel sure other species from the east arrive in Mallorca every year but have until recently gone unnoticed.
The recent records of two Red-flanked Bluetail would seem to confirm this.
Lots more out there to go and find!
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Old Thursday 14th November 2019, 16:26   #1227
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A visit to the hide in Son Real and the Depuradora on a cloudy day.
Very quiet at the hide pool, probably as plenty of puddles around for drinking.
Birds seen included: Crossbills, Song Thrushes, Robins, Blackcaps, Great tit, Serins, Cetti warblers.
Best bird seen was a Merlin on the enterence to the Site.
No Bluethroats seen at the Depuradora. Birds seen included Common and Green Sandpipers, Black Winged Stilts, Water and Meadow pipits, White wagtails, Lapwings, Kestrels and Marsh Harriers. Common Pochard amongst the usual ducks.
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Old Thursday 14th November 2019, 18:49   #1228
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Thanks Martin.
Pep has also confirmed the sighting.
I saw what I believe was a Hume’s warbler at Porto Colom last year but without hearing the call or having photographs, I chose not submit it.
I was told that Yellow-browed warblers can vary quite a lot so a dull individual could not be ruled out.
The finder of this recent sighting is a top class birder so it seems likely to be accepted.
I feel sure other species from the east arrive in Mallorca every year but have until recently gone unnoticed.
The recent records of two Red-flanked Bluetail would seem to confirm this.
Lots more out there to go and find!
Mike
Sorry for the delay to answer, I've not much time free lately. Yes, the birder who found the bird is a top birder, one of the best ones in Spain, if not the best one! We had to meet in Formentor that day but I could not arrive there in time, so when I arrived the bird had gone. The Hume's appeared with a YBW, so there were 2 rarities in the same place! I've seen a photo of the bird, and the call was recorded too.

When I arrived there I could see other interesting birds, 3 Dunnocks, 3 Goldcrests and a Wrambling, so seems that there is a lot of movement now!
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Old Thursday 14th November 2019, 19:24   #1229
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Thanks Maties.
There does appear to be a lot of movement at the moment, no doubt helped by high winds, rain and snow.
A Snow Finch has been recorded on the highest peak in Mallorca and one also in Menorca which seems to be doing very well for rare and scarce birds recently.
Two Richard’s pipits have been seen.
A great website for viewing rare birds in the Balearics is:
rareresesornibalears.blogspot.com
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Old Friday 15th November 2019, 16:29   #1230
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Thanks, a great day.
I know there was some discussion about crab species but I can’t seem to find it.
I was intrigued by this large species I saw today at s’Albufera.
Mike
More Crabs at S’ Albuferata as well

Invasive species callinectes sapidus?
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Old Friday 15th November 2019, 22:39   #1231
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Yes, I believe they are Mike.
Very big ones too!
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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 21:03   #1232
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Interesting weather up North. The day started sunny, followed by rain, hail, more rain and ended up sunny!
S’Albufera is a good place to take shelter.
Birds seen included: Osprey(2), Marsh Harriers (5), Kestrel, Kingfisher(2), Glossy Ibis (2), Greylag geese(2), Common Snipe, Greenshank, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, Kentish plovers, Blackwinged Stilts, Great White Egret, Little Egrets(3), Night Herons(15), Cattle Egrets, Marbled Ducks (20), Shovelers, Teals, Water pipits, Purple Gallinule (15), Water Rails (2), Stonechats, Little Grebe.

2 Dutch birders reported 2 Little Bitterns and more surprising an Eurasian Bittern flypast. No photos were available. I waited at the spot were they were seen for over I hour with no sighting.
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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 22:33   #1233
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Ah those wretched Great Bitterns Mike! I have never seen one but there are very occasional sightings and I believe the last winter census revealed one just individual in flight.
They were very lucky indeed to have connected.
I would settle for hail and cold just to be a Albufera once more, I miss Mallorca very much.
Mike
Ps. Nice photos.
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