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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 08:32   #651
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Yesterday evening we went for a short visit to S’ Albuferata (South) as well as the Mirador and Beach at Formentor( I would never consider this during a normal summer here!). Not so many tourists here, but also not that many birds.
At the new hide in S’Albuferata many young kentish plovers seen, as well as Blackwinged Stilts, Corn buntings, Purple Herons, linnets, Common Sandpiper, Common terns, several Stone Curlews as well as fan tailed warblers and Sardinian warblers.
Apart from Common Swifts, Ravens, and yellow legged gulls, no other birds seen at the Mirador. I was hoping for Elanoras Falcons!
Surprisingly Two Scops Owls were calling around 19.00 near the car park by Formentor Beach.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 17:57   #652
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The salt pans of Salobrar de Campos were entertaining this morning.
Greater Flamingoes have increased from 120 to over 180. A monster Black vulture flew over and put them all up thus enabling an accurate count.
Still lots of Avocets including their young, Shelduck and Black-winged stilts completed the picture on this sweltering hot day.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 17:58   #653
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Susana Spotted two Honey Buzzard today on the Island, unusual for July.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 18:15   #654
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A few of the Greater Flamingoes at Salobrar de Campos today.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 21:07   #655
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Evening walk around La Gola. The centre is still closed. Any news Christina concerning the opening?

This centre is so important for the Tourists and for the local youngsters, providing valuable insights into the wonderful nature on the island.
In addition,several specialities such as Common Rosefinch and Red flanked Bluetail have been discovered by the specialist staff and many superb presentations on birdlife have been given by guest presenters.

Birds seen tonight included many Housemartins, Barn Swallows, Spotted Flycatchers, Sardinian Warblers, Blackcaps, Serins, Goldfinches, Yellow legged Gulls.

I hope the Centre opens soon!
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hello all - it seems that this will be the first year for quite a few that I don't get to visit and bird Northern Mallorca, so just wanted to say thanks all (esp Mike) for keeping this thread going as it makes me feel very connected to what is going on...I can almost see all the sites. That said, birding around home (Dorset) has had some compensations as the main excitement around here is an apparent Yelkouan Shearwater with a flock of around 70 Balearics off Portland Bill. Watching these yesterday was almost like being in the Med (apart from the keen wind and drizzle). Keep it going and see you in 2021!
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hello all - it seems that this will be the first year for quite a few that I don't get to visit and bird Northern Mallorca, so just wanted to say thanks all (esp Mike) for keeping this thread going as it makes me feel very connected to what is going on...I can almost see all the sites. Keep it going and see you in 2021!
May I second what Chris says.
This Is the first year In the last nine years,that I shall not be visiting the Island and I am normally In Puerto Pollensa at this time of year.It Is great to read up on what Mike and other birders are seeing.God willing,I shall be back In 2021 and my love affair with Mallorca shall resume again.
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An early morning visit to Lluc. Again, this is a trip I would not do at this time of the year due to large number of tourists and cyclists. However this year is special; few people venturing out.
The cafes are open and they serve the best Almond cake in the Island!
Very quiet for birds; only a few distant views of Black Vultures and no Griffon Vultures seen.
Other birds seen included Booted Eagles, Kestrels, Ravens, Common Swifts, Crag Martins, Firecrests, and so many Spotted Flycatchers.
The most interesting views were of three young Crag Martins being fed by their parents.

Recent news has arrived that Face Masks have to be worn outdoors from Monday (with a few excemptions)
https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com...balearics.html

Sigh!
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