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Old Saturday 23rd March 2019, 14:18   #251
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Casas Vellas seems to have been very productive today as I thought it might be after some strong easterlies. 6 Sparrowhawk, 1 Egyptian Vulture, 2 Red Kite, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Kestrel and 2 Common Buzzard.
Thanks to Lalo for the information.
Jet-lag prevented me from going so a gentle and very productive stroll around my local park at Mondragó felt more appropriate. Many species of orchids are on show but very few birds were logged.
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Very strange morning today,as planned we headed up to the Formentor Mirador viewpoint before breakfast to look for the Alpine Accentors.
Bird on view as we parked up and managed a few shots before it launched itself back over the cliff.
Then we heard a noise which sounded like a goat calling but on looking closer we saw a girl lying on a ledge below us.
Had to flag down a passing local cyclist who called the Emergency Service.
When we left the mountain rescue were just setting up their gear to go and recover her.
Just hope all ended up ok.
On leaving I could not believe it when We spotted a car towing a caravan coming down the winding road opposite from the Albercutx tower,bit of an eye opener to say the least.
Hope the rest of the day pans out a tad better lol

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An eventful morning Bob, to say the least. I hope the outcome was ok for all concerned.
I’m sorry to say it’s a spot for jumpers so I sincerely hope that wasn’t the case.
I will no doubt read about it in the papers so I will let you know. Well done for possibly saving her life.
I was on my way to the tower but couldn’t make it so I turned round and went to the Salines instead. Nothing much of note there but Jordi found two adult Slender-billed gulls at the Salines de S’Avall. I wish I had seen them.
I will probably hear later that a good day was had by all at the tower.
Many birders won’t go there because of the steep and scary inclines so to take a caravan up there seems like lunacy to me.
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It was indeed a good day at the tower.
2 Sparrowhawk
1 Osprey
11 Marsh Harrier
1 Red Kite
1Common Kestrel
2 Booted Eagle
1 possible Goshawk.
Thanks Lalo
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Yes the reception at the hotel told us about that area being a bad spot for jumpers , it's so sad to think some people decide to end it that way.
I do take my hat off to the Guardia policeman who climbed down to comfort the woman,I could not watch as the cliff was crumbling around him.
Back to the birds and we had some great views of two Spoonbill from Sa Roca hide yesterday evening.
First I have seen at Albufera and fun to watch as they kept getting spooked into flight off the Marsh Harrier.
At one point a Frog or a Crayfish was caught by one of them and all kinds of squabbling panned out.
Also first sighting of Glossy Ibis which were also put to flight by same Harrier.
Today we had a look up at Mortitx and as always it did not disappoint.
Views of Black & Griffon Vultures from the Frog Dam and a nice fly through Bonelies Eagle too,the latter was sporting red tags to its leg going by a quick look at the shots.
Watched a female Crossbill nest building too with the male bird looking on.
Back down at ground level a few singing Male Cirl Buntings on the Grape Vines and plenty of Firecrest on the path back to the road.
We had planned to go to Albercutz Tower tomorrow but on checking out the weather the Northerly winds are back and due to gust over 50 mph so it's looking like another visit to Albufera which suites me just fine.

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