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Old Friday 23rd June 2017, 04:33   #976
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Thanks Graham, I forgot about your one, sorry! Mike
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Old Friday 23rd June 2017, 19:20   #977
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Waxbills

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In Post 925, Luke asked about Waxbills which seem to be scarcer these days. I have most often seen them at and around the point where Cami Vell de Societat Anonima meets with the short extension from the Cami des Polls on the Albufera NP - my last sighting in that area was October 2014 when I had a small flock of 6/7 birds just at that junction. I have also seen them a few times from the platform area at the Depuradora S'Illiot usually looking away from the lagoons - but not since 2006. These two sites are quite close to each other.
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Old Sunday 25th June 2017, 07:48   #978
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Hi Mike
Arrived Wednesday evening. Crikey! It's hot! On Saturday morning at Boquer farm a fellow birder told me he had heard a single Nightjar churring at 21.45 the previous evening just north of the car park where the new road meets the old Boquer farm access track next to two villas. Saturday I turned up at 21.30 more in hope that expectation - no churring - but at 22.15 approx a Nightjar flew low overhead crossing the parking space from the fields just below and into the trees just northeast of the parking space. What a stroke of luck! My holiday target bird fifteen minutes walk from home. Apart from that - very quiet up here.
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Old Sunday 25th June 2017, 20:10   #979
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Hi again- re the Scops Owls in the Pollensa Park area- the "renovations" to the Pollentia Hotel are in fact in my opinion a deliberate blocking up of the traditional nest site at the rear of the Pollentia in the ventilation shaft, as they have boarded up all the top parts of the shafts which precludes anything from getting in, and hence the total absence of any records this year. Have a look for yourself if you are in the area and you will see what I mean. Hugh Matthews, Northampton.
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Old Sunday 25th June 2017, 20:29   #980
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Arriving Friday

Looking forward to another visit, staying in Campanet. Not my choice of timing but have always found good birds. I've seen reports today of the Western Reef Egret still being seen at Albufera - no detail, anyone know where exactly?
No further sightings of the Ruppells Vulture?
& I'd like to add LE Owl & Bonellis Eagle if poss. this year.
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Old Monday 26th June 2017, 19:46   #981
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Stone Curlew at Son Real reserve

Highlight of the visit to Son Real yesterday. This and 2 hoopoes in the fields beyond the stone wall .
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Old Monday 26th June 2017, 21:31   #982
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Hi Andrew. The Western Reef Heron has most reliably been seen from Sa Roca hide, Albufera. I believe that it is still being seen.
There are different opinions about the Ruppell's Vulture, some people doubting the record so if anyone knows anything about the reported sighting, could they please post here. I believe it was seen from Cuber reservoir.
Long-eared owls are plentiful here in the south as are Scop's owls. I'm very disappointed that the traditional site has been blocked up.
Bonelli's eagles are best seen at Mortitx.
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Old Tuesday 27th June 2017, 07:34   #983
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Just as an aside during these quiet times, I have heard quite a few Scop's owls calling during the day. One was very vocal at Albufereta, several heard here in the south and one at the central plain. I have not found reference to this in the literature, but it is not at all unusual. Mike
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Old Tuesday 27th June 2017, 08:24   #984
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Hello!
Regarding to the Scop's Owl, I'm sorry but I haven't any news about them in Port de Pollenša, neither about Long eared Owl. All I know it has already been said in this forum in the last emails.
Mike, I have heard some Scop's Owl singing during the day too.
Anyway I think they are quieter now, at least where I live, in Sˇller. I always can hear two of them in the distance, from my home, but not in the last month. In the other hand we have a Barn Owl calling every night there.

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Old Tuesday 27th June 2017, 16:08   #985
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Hybrid egret?

I have seen a Little Egret flying with a dark grey egret the same size. Is this the hybrid egret noted by hughm and ggshrike on April 7/8 2017? It was at the Albufreta from near the old Posada Verano hostal.
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Old Tuesday 27th June 2017, 18:53   #986
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Hi Phil. Yes, that sounds very like the hybrid. The real deal is nothing like it, very dark indeed and striking. It has stayed faithful to the Albufera reserve and the hybrid has been hanging out at Albufereta. Mike
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Old Tuesday 27th June 2017, 19:16   #987
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Smile Bee eaters at DEPURADORA at ALBUFERA

Several bee eaters on power lines today and also flying over ALBUFERA Marshes.

This breeding pair at the traditional site on the road before turning towards the viewing point
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Old Tuesday 27th June 2017, 19:22   #988
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Smile Stone Curlew at the Sa Roca, ALBUFERA

Today this Stone Curlew was visible at Sa Roca.
At the same time 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 glossy Ibis and and a Bee eater flew over
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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 07:32   #989
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This leucistic Spotted flycatcher appeared outside my apartment yesterday. I believe that true albinos have pink eyes so I guess this one is leucistic.
Scop's owls very vocal last night locally, a big storm is on its way. Mike
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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 09:33   #990
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looks like a young one.
Can I share your photo on facebook Mike?
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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 09:43   #991
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Schedule La Gola Centre

Good morning,
During July and August the Ornithological Tourism Centre la Gola will be open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 1pm.
Best wishes,
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Bee Eaters at Depuradora , Albufera

Great views of these bee eaters at Depurodora. These appear to be a breeding pair, visiting a point in the adjacent Son Bosc field.
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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 20:59   #993
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Sure Cristina, you can always share any of my photos. Mike
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Old Saturday 1st July 2017, 19:32   #994
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Quite a lot of action today following big storms.
Two Caspian terns in the bay of Alcudia and two Ruddy shelduck at Maristany.
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Old Saturday 1st July 2017, 20:24   #995
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Quite a lot of action today following big storms.
Two Caspian terns in the bay of Alcudia and two Ruddy shelduck at Maristany.
Mike
Hi Mike, thanks for the info: I'm out on the 8th for a week, staying near Puerto Pollensa. Very excited!

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Old Saturday 1st July 2017, 20:26   #996
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Quite a lot of action today following big storms.
Two Caspian terns in the bay of Alcudia and two Ruddy shelduck at Maristany.
Mike
Where were the terns best viewed from Mike?
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I don't know Phil, I just got the news that two Caspian terns were seen in the bay, sadly I have never known them to hang around. I think the storm probably had something to do with their appearance. I don't think they will be seen again. Mike
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Old Saturday 1st July 2017, 20:30   #998
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I don't know Phil, I just got the news that two Caspian terns were seen in the bay, sadly I have never known them to hang around. I think the storm probably had something to do with their appearance. I don't think they will be seen again. Mike
OK - cheers Mike
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Old Sunday 2nd July 2017, 17:01   #999
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Now three ruddy shelduck at maristany and water rail in the open!. Also, golden oriole at can curassa.

Thanks for all the posts. Esp Mike. I love birding in Mallorca and its always good to hear what's about.
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Old Sunday 2nd July 2017, 17:25   #1000
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Full of new life

Albufera, Maristany, Depuradora, all around is completelly full of new life!
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