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Old Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 14:19   #1151
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Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Doves 03/10/19 Mortitx.
Firecrest albufereta 04/10/19.

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Old Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 14:22   #1152
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Some very big storms around at the moment so nobody has ventured out for a couple of days.
Let’s hope a few good birds have been blown this way.
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Old Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 17:03   #1153
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Walking around my local park, there seems to have been a large influx of Black Redstarts and Robins, they were everywhere I looked.
Also, a Sparrowhawk flew over the port from the lighthouse where a Stew and I saw one last week so maybe it didn’t leave the Island after all. They do winter here occasionally.
Two dark falcons flew over too, I would say Eleonora’s but they were distant.
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Old Thursday 24th October 2019, 17:29   #1154
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Glad to be back on the Island despite the rain. Entertaining friends slows down the birding.However, Seems very quiet out there.
Birds seen included Audouins Gulls, Sandwich terns, Marsh Harriers, Booted Eagles, Kestrels, Common Snipe, Cattle,Little and Great Egrets, Cetti and Sardinian Warblers, Crossbills, Firecrests, Goldfinches and Serins, Stonechats and abundance of Robins and Black Redstarts.

Two Northern Wheatears seen at S’ Amarador today. I thought they would have left by now.

Where are the goodies Mike?
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Old Thursday 24th October 2019, 18:12   #1155
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Hi Mike,
Good to know you are back on the sunshine Island.
Sorry about the rain though, more on the way I think.
The goodies are hiding at the moment but they are out there just waiting for us to go find them.
Yes, it’s late for Wheatears but there are a few around.
A walk to Cala Egos today produced large flocks of Starling, lots of Meadow pipits, Serins, Linnets and many Larks too distant to identity. A scope and a few hours would pay dividends I’m sure, the fields opposite the Police station at Cala d’Or were heaving with birds and Painted Lady butterflies everywhere.
Two Plain tiger butterflies and 14 Red-veined darters.
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Old Thursday 24th October 2019, 18:30   #1156
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Thanks Mike,
I trust you!!!!
Good day for Butterflies and Dragonflies here as well. Plain Tigers, Cleopatras, Small coppers, as well as Red veined darters.

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Old Friday 25th October 2019, 09:38   #1157
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I've written some notes (attached) on a brief stay down in the south east earlier this month. Thanks to Mike M for introducing me to a part of the island that Mrs B and I were not at all familiar with. I have a feeling we'll be back..

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Old Friday 25th October 2019, 15:55   #1158
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Great report as always Stew and some experiences I won’t forget.
I certainly hope you will be back.
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Old Friday 25th October 2019, 18:43   #1159
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The benefits of walking the same patch every day have paid off yet again for Mirella who found a Short-eared owl roosting in a pine tree in Cala d’Or. Not an easy bird to see here, I’ve only ever seen one coming in-off the sea last year.
Today a Black Kite and a Marsh Harrier left the Island from the Cap de Ses Salines although the migration of raptors is now largely over.
I will post the totals for the autumn when they are available but it looks like the most common raptor through the Cap was Common Kestrel.
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Old Saturday 26th October 2019, 11:22   #1160
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Hello!
I attach the birds seen this morning in the park.
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Old Saturday 26th October 2019, 11:27   #1161
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Last autumn coffee-talk at la Gola

Hello again!
Today at 3.30pm the last coffee-talk of the season about Balearic subspecies.
Cheers,
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Old Sunday 27th October 2019, 16:10   #1162
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Sorry to miss your talk Christina.Next time!
A short visit to Albuferata today.
Birds seen included Flamingos(20); Cattle Egrets(60); Great White and Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, GreenShank, Kentish Plover, Marsh Harriers, Kestrel, Cetti and Fan tailed Warblers, Kingfisher, Water Rails, Hoopoes.

Good number of dragonflies and Butterflies including Plain Tigers.

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Old Sunday 27th October 2019, 18:32   #1163
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I went to the Cap supposedly briefly for the group photo but stayed three hours as it was all action.
1 Buzzard now confirmed as Honey Buzzard from photos.
2 Black Kite
1 Booted Eagle
1 Eleonora’s
2 Lapwings (first sighting for this site)
8 Siskin, a nice surprise
40 Barn Swallows
Italian sparrow still present.
One Yellow-browed Warbler found by Juanjo on Cabrera
One Short-toed Eagle at Villafranca found and photographed by Patrick.
Butterflies everywhere, probably more than I have seen this autumn, my eyes were on the sky but a great selection.
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Old Monday 28th October 2019, 15:54   #1164
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A long, lazy lunch with Mike Swiss and Susan was the highlight of the day at Porto Colom although three magnificent Common Crane flying across a perfect blue sky, calling as they went, ran it a pretty close second.
We visited the site where Yellow-browed warblers have been seen for the last few autumns, but despite a probable bird calling and a brief but promising sighting, we were unable to pin this annual visitor down.
A sea watch after lunch produced very little. A large collection of gulls were following a fishing boat with a few Scopoli’s shearwaters tacked onto the back. Further back still were a good number of Sandwich terns.
A very enjoyable day as it always is when Mike is around but a bit short on bird-life with neither Balearic nor Dartford warblers putting in an appearance.
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Old Monday 28th October 2019, 17:39   #1165
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Thanks Mike

A great day.

The Crane is new for my Mallorca list.

Booted Eagles, Kestrels, Cattle Egrets on the way back north.

See you soon
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2019, 17:48   #1166
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Juanjo seems to be having a good time on Cabrera, seeing a Lesser whitethroat and a Brambling.
More to come I hope, it’s a superb place to be at this time of the year.
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2019, 18:14   #1167
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A sunny walk up to Ternelles Valley (up to the locked gate).

Birds seen included:

Black Vultures (4), Griffon Vultures (2), Peregrine Falcon, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Blue Rock Thrush, Crag Martins, Ravens, Black redstarts, Chiffchaff, etc

Nice number of butterflies including Painted Ladies, Plain Tiger, Cleopatra, Langs Short tailed Blue.


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An evening walk around S’Albuferata to look at the Sunset.
Few Cattle Egrets and Grey Herons coming to roost.
No Eleonoras Falcoln seen (maybe too late)
Two Greylag Geese flew past.
Mosquitoes active but fewer than expected
Its been a Great day
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Many Vagrant Emperors at the end of Ses Puntes track at Albufera, impossible to count, they were flying all around me. I'm a novice when it comes to dragonfly identification, but I think I found a Violet Dropwing and a Common Darter too. I was looking for Plain Tiger butterflies, and saw my first while trying to photograph the Vagrant Emperors, but it didn't settle for a photo.
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Stunning photos Clive and good to know Vagrant Emperors are still around, what a year it’s been.
I’m sure you have a Violet dropping there but StewB will confirm no doubt.
We are submitting records of all dragonfly sightings so I can send you the email address if you wouldn’t mind.
I believe some locals and myself are compiling a list and a feature article too. If we can use your photos please, that would be good.
A numbers of us Brits are meeting at 9am on Monday at the depuradora, Albufera, if you are able to join us.
Hope to see you then, Mike
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Field-Guide.../dp/0953139948

Richard Lewington artwork is awesome

This guy not too bad..

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Many Vagrant Emperors at the end of Ses Puntes track at Albufera, impossible to count, they were flying all around me. I'm a novice when it comes to dragonfly identification, but I think I found a Violet Dropwing and a Common Darter too. I was looking for Plain Tiger butterflies, and saw my first while trying to photograph the Vagrant Emperors, but it didn't settle for a photo.
Yes - violet dropwing. They’re getting fairly straightforward to find now a bit later in the year. It’s not many years since they arrived (I recall Martin posting some of the first records on the forum).

Common darter too - a good find as they are well outnumbered by red-veined. (There’s no blue at the base of the eyes which would be a re-veined characteristic, and the legs have the pale lines along their length).

The vagrant emperor numbers are just extraordinary. I did a literature search for the notes I produced (thanks Mike S!) and although vagrant emperor was shown as present there were no specific details, so this year’s records are totally unprecedented. I believe that there have been large numbers on eastern Med islands too.

As Mike M says, it looks like dragonfly records are going to be gathered and collated, which I’m certain will bring a whole new perspective on Balearic Odonata. Thanks Clive!

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Old Wednesday 30th October 2019, 20:50   #1173
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Thanks Mike.
A very good article by StewB. Sorry Stew, I should have said “ a number of locals, StewB and myself” ! I think your paper will form much of the article.
I was hoping we could all pool our knowledge and photos for an article to be published in the annual bird report although I cant remember who is doing what.
I know some locals would like to see this done but I don’t want to tread on anyone’s toes so if we can work together, that would be great. I only have a few records and some photos so I hope others will contribute too.
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Old Wednesday 30th October 2019, 21:10   #1174
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With all due credit to Lalo and the Mallorca Raptor Count, here are the totals for the migration of birds of prey for this autumn.
Many previous records have been smashed, mostly due, I believe, to the greater coverage by many locals and visitors.
My thanks to everyone involved.

486 Common Kestrel
287 Booted eagles
281 Honey Buzzard
279 Marsh Harrier
102 Eleonora’s falcon
61 Black Kite
58 Hobby
50 Red Kite
11 Osprey
8 Montagu’s Harrier
4 Common Buzzard
2 Red-footed falcon
2 Sparrowhawk
1 Short-toed snake Eagle
1 Egyptian Vulture
1 Merlín.

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Old Thursday 31st October 2019, 07:24   #1175
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Speaking of the locals, it is really heartening to see so many more birders at the Cap this year.
Even better is that many are young and there is often a 50/50 split between male and female.
I am very happy that birding has increased in popularity, so encouraging when I read about illegal persecution of birds in other parts of the Mediterranean.
It’s been great to be part of this change.
Mallorca is therefore in good hands with many people here working to conserve the wildlife of the Island.
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