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Old Saturday 5th October 2019, 17:56   #1076
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Another great morning at the Cap with many locals and visitors including two charming guests from the United States. It was fun to be a part of it, sharing information, beer and food and hearing about birding hot-spots to visit around the world.
What a great bunch of people to be with. It’s not just about the birds.
Many Booted eagles, Hobby, Honey Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Common Kestrel and the same Short-toed Eagle which has been flying back and forth from Cabrera for the last five days.
Again though, the stars were the Tiger butterflies. We were obviously birding but 15 were counted in three hours. There must have been many more which we missed.
A major influx must have occurred.
A party of birders are staying on Cabrera so I hope to post details of their highlights when I get further information.
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Old Saturday 5th October 2019, 20:50   #1077
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Last day before flying home in the morning,
Sillot,
Wood, Green, Common Sands, Snipe, Greenshank, and the common waders.
Salbufera,
Little Stints 2, wood, Green, Common Sands again, Greenshanks 5, Spotted Redshank 8, Dunlin 6, Snipe 3, Garganey 2, Pochard 4, Lapwing 3, Moustashed Warblers 2, and surprisingly a Great Reed Warbler singing.
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Old Sunday 6th October 2019, 16:41   #1078
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Another extraordinary day at the Cap.
I don’t know what to make of it really, it seems to be different every year but this year has been disappointing for waders and passerines but a number of records for raptor movement have been broken, namely the passage of Common Kestrel and Hobby.
Today we witnessed 44 Red kites gaining height and leaving Mallorca, the first time anyone has ever seen this.
There were Booted eagles, Marsh Harrier, one Montagu’s Harrier and Eleonora’s Falcons.
Every day sees an increase in the numbers of Tiger butterflies passing through.
As there was a constant stream of raptors overhead, we were unable to cover the ground but over 18 were seen. This is a considerable underestimate of the total passing through today and we could only guess at a total.
Dragonflies have excelled too but again, not enough time has been devoted to observation of these beautiful creatures which is a great shame.
We will be at the Cap next weekend and maybe the one after.
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Old Sunday 6th October 2019, 16:47   #1079
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Steve. Thanks for all your posts and for your excellent company too.
Safe trip home and I hope to see you again on your next visit.
All the best, Mike
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Old Sunday 6th October 2019, 18:11   #1080
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Over 100 Scopoli’s Shearwaters and an awesome view of an Eleonora’s Falcon from a boat between Port Andratx and Soller today.
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Old Monday 7th October 2019, 14:26   #1081
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Just arrived for my second visit this year to this beautiful island.
Uneventful transfer from the airport to Port Pollensa.
Most worthy of note - 4 Red Kite & a pale phase Booted Eagle.
I'll post details of any interesting sightings.
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Old Tuesday 8th October 2019, 07:36   #1082
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The weather has changed and the wind has swung round to northerlies. It was even cold at the Cap yesterday and this had an effect on migrating raptors as very little moved through, just a couple of Marsh Harrier and three Common Kestrel.
Now all we need are some strong easterlies which could bring some Yellow-browed warblers and maybe even another Red-flanked bluetail.
We will see.
Lots of Common birds seen on Cabrera yesterday including Black Redstarts. Robins and Song Thrushes have also arrived so the wintering birds are coming back.
Hoopoes calling like mad here in Ses Salines and the Stone curlews and Scops Owls were very vocal last night.
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Old Tuesday 8th October 2019, 10:14   #1083
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When I was at S’Albufera last month I managed to read a Darvic ring on a greater flamingo. I’ve just received the attached details from the ringing scheme. Nothing surprising about the bird (ringed as a pullus in 2017) and its travels, but it’s good to know, and hopefully makes a small contribution to the overall picture.

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Old Tuesday 8th October 2019, 11:17   #1084
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Always interesting to see where ringed birds originate/travel to.
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Old Tuesday 8th October 2019, 14:36   #1085
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Yes, very interesting. I have often been asked where the Flamingoes originate from so that’s good to know.
It’s hot again after only one cold rainy day.
I saw quite a few Booted eagles heading south today.
I will be at the Cap tomorrow around 10am and then for a whole day on Friday.
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Old Tuesday 8th October 2019, 14:47   #1086
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A stroll around La Gola in the heat.

Black-headed Gull - a Mallorcan first for me!
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Common Redstart
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Old Tuesday 8th October 2019, 21:33   #1087
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Old Tuesday 8th October 2019, 22:36   #1088
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Sightings today:

Albufereta: in trees, wryneck heard not seen, 3 black cap, common redstart, greenfinch. From hide; cormorants, kestrel.
Albufera: hide opposite visitor centre; 2 glossy ibis, 3 spotted redshank, Kentish plovers, marbled duck, shovelers, black wing stilts,
Bishop 11 hide: 8 spotted redshank, 3 greenshanks, Kentish plovers, shelducks, 1 northern wheatear, 2 blackcaps, willow warbler, possible dotterel to be conformed with photos ASAP seen approx 4pm.
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Old Wednesday 9th October 2019, 08:24   #1089
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Attached photos of dotterill taken at Albufera yesterday. Opinions on confirmation welcome please.
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Old Wednesday 9th October 2019, 08:26   #1090
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Another picture of dotterill.
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Old Wednesday 9th October 2019, 14:09   #1091
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That looks good for Eurasian Dotterel. Nice! Never seen one in Mallorca but I know they do appear, often in Sept-Oct.
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Old Wednesday 9th October 2019, 16:52   #1092
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Very nice Sally, well done.
They have been very scarce this year but they do pass through Mallorca in the autumn in varying numbers.
Three hours at the Cap this morning.
A total of 10 Booted eagles left. Some circled round gaining height and moved the the west, no doubt leaving the Island further along the coast. 3 others left direct to Cabrera.
1 Marsh Harrier left early.
20 Barn Swallows.
3 Common Kestrel
5 Plain tiger butterflies.
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Old Wednesday 9th October 2019, 17:27   #1093
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I'm sure it's even hotter today!
Spent a couple of hours at Albufereta. Highlights:

Purple Heron
2 Grey Heron
Greenshank
3 Marsh Harrier
Great White Egret
Red Kite
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
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Old Thursday 10th October 2019, 15:47   #1094
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A wander around the back lanes between Pollenca & Port Pollenca.

3 Booted Eagle
Common Kestrel
Red Kite
2 Eleonora's Falcon
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Old Thursday 10th October 2019, 18:40   #1095
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Thank you Martin and Mike for confirming our sighting of the dotterel. It’s the first time we’ve seen one so we’re really chuffed.

Today we did a circular walk around Lluc. We saw;
6 raven, 3 firecrest, 2 crossbill, 2 robin, lots of great tits, blackbirds and chaffinch, heard many Sardinian warblers.
Unfortunately no sightings of any vultures.
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Old Friday 11th October 2019, 11:09   #1096
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Majorca sept/oct 2019

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Steve. Thanks for all your posts and for your excellent company too.
Safe trip home and I hope to see you again on your next visit.
All the best, Mike
Thanks Mike,
Always a pleasure too meet you and Kevin, and great company with StewB, Geordie Dave, Roger, Sally, Dave and Annette.
Still going through my photos but will post a few now.
Flamingos 09/09/19 Albufereta.
Nightingale 09/09/19 Son Real.
Cirl Bunting 09/09/19 Son Real.
Green Sand. 11/09/19 Salbufera.
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Old Friday 11th October 2019, 16:32   #1097
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Port Pollenca to Cala San Vicenc.

Good numbers of Crag Martin flying low in the valley. I've never walked surrounded by Crag Martins!

Several Common Redstart, including a cracking male.
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2 Firecrest.
An influx of Song Thrush - difficult to get an accurate count, but at least 5 or 6.
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Old Friday 11th October 2019, 18:07   #1098
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A full day out with two Philips was good fun but a bit short on birds.
Firstly at the Cap not much happened until we were leaving. It was cool earlier which may have influenced movements but two Eleonora’s Falcons left and later five Booted eagles, four pale morph and one dark morph.
I saw at least one Rock sparrow near the Cap. For the last few years, flocks of 20 to 30 have been seen at Passatge 5 but I haven’t seen any there this year although someone photographed two there.
Further up the road we saw a flock of at least 50 Song Thrush. Also a Pied flycatcher and a Redstart.
6 Plain Tiger butterflies went through.
At Salobrar de Campos, things were very quiet. Three Great egrets, Lapwings, ten Red Kite, about 90 Greater Flamingoes, Black-winged stilts and Curlew. Two Plain tiger.
A strange thing happened whilst walking down the path. There was a light easterly breeze but then suddenly a fierce wind blew for only about three seconds but it was so strong it almost knocked us over and our hats didn’t survive with poor Phil A’s favourite hat landing in the pool. I’ve never experienced such a phenomenon.
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Old Friday 11th October 2019, 18:33   #1099
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According to "Birding Tourist's Guide" Song Thrush is abundant on migration and in winter.

Where are these birds migrating from?
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Old Friday 11th October 2019, 19:24   #1100
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Night Heron Salbufera 11/09/19
Ruff Salbufera 11/09/19
Unknown Moth Sillot 12/09/19
Swallowtail Albufereta 12/09/19.

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