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Old Thursday 14th February 2019, 18:36   #176
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Hi David. Well done with the Oystercatcher, it’s been very hard catching up with them this year but the Cap is a good place.
Also nice to know that there are still some Cranes around.
Nice day for it today although I have got a friend here at the moment and I can’t get away. I took him up to San Salvador from where it is possible to see the whole island, spectacular.
I heard that Alpine Accentors can be seen there but in all the years that I have been going there, I have never seen one. Today just incredible numbers of Robins, I don’t think I have ever seen so many.
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Old Thursday 14th February 2019, 21:17   #177
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Old Friday 15th February 2019, 17:32   #178
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I have been seawatching for many years now, usually two or three times a week, and I still don’t understand the movements of shearwaters.
Last week 1,700+ birds and today over the same period, 204.
I am also constantly surprised how variable the Balearic shearwaters are. I saw a very grey bird today and wondered if it was another species but when next to others, I could see it was Balearic. The problem would arise when seeing lone birds, nothing to compare it with. My hat is off to all those experienced sea watchers who recognize a rarity when they see one, it is extremely difficult.
I also saw one Gannet and three Dolphins. It was freezing when the sun went down.
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Old Friday 15th February 2019, 20:45   #179
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A North ESRA group walk on a glorious day along Betlem.
Birds seen included YL Gulls, Audouin Gulls, Cormorants, Booted Eagles,Kestrels, Blue Rock Thrush, Serins,Song Thrushes, Goldfinches, Crossbills, Sardinian Warblers and Balearic Warblers.
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Old Friday 15th February 2019, 21:27   #180
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Could someone please advise me on Black Kite status and time of year for seeing them in Mallorca. I was at Cami des Polls this morning on the way to S'Amarador. A kite was working close by(only 30-40 metres away) low down over the cultivated field opposite side of the road to the allotment sheds where you park before walking down to the sluices. Dark grey brown all over including the head, no fork to the tail. No light red/brown or light grey anywhere. No light panels or strongly contrasting colours. Later in the day saw a regular red kite at Albufereta by way of comparison
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Old Friday 15th February 2019, 22:30   #181
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Hi David. I don’t know if your bird was a Black Kite or not but I can give some feedback.
I have always seen Black Kite in every winter. Two have been seen at the Cap de Ses Salines this winter and also I have seen two individuals, one in Ses Salines and one at the back of the salt pans at Sa Barrala.
It is also a very early migrant, both in spring and autumn. For instance, I saw returning migrants at the very beginning of August last year, much earlier than most other species.
They are quite numerous in some years, again both in spring and autumn so they are not too difficult to see in any year.
I don’t know of any reports of birds in the area your bird was seen in but I don’t see why not.
Hope this helps, Mike
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 19:07   #182
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An afternoon walk along Cami del Port de Pollenca a Cala Carbo, Can San Vincente.
Birds seen included Booted Eagles, Blue RockThrush, Shags, Cormorant, Audouins Gull, YL Gull, Sardinian Warblers, Goldfinches, Serins.
3 distant Shearwaters, probably Scopolis.
Yesterday several butterflies seen in the warm afternoon including Little blue,Speckled wood and Small Tortoiseshell (reported).
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 19:23   #183
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Went to Boquer Valley this morning. Excellent close up views of Blue Rock Thrush, plenty of Sardinian warblers and black redstarts about but not much else. Parked at Roman Bridge in Pollenca before walking up to gates at Ternelles. Gardener by the bridge was rotavating a small field that had attracted black redstarts, robins and at least 5 blackcap. From roadway up to Ternelles long range views of 2 vultures, appeared very dark but couldnt identify which species. Later, near gates, a group of 5 vultures together. They were very light brown and assumed to be griffon
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 20:10   #184
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Yesterday several butterflies seen in the warm afternoon including Little blue,Speckled wood and Small Tortoiseshell (reported).
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Hi Mike
Just a quick question and a comment
Which species do you mean by 'Little Blue'?
Small Tortoiseshell isn't a species that's been recorded in the Balearic Islands, so I wonder what was seen.
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 21:10   #185
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Hi Martin
I heard from another member of the group about the tortoiseshell and challenged him. I also shared doubts.
Sorry the blue was moving fast and did not settle. More than likely HollyBlue.
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 23:05   #186
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I heard from another member of the group about the tortoiseshell and challenged him. I also shared doubts.
Sorry the blue was moving fast and did not settle. More than likely HollyBlue.
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I wondered if you might have meant Small Blue, which also does not occur there. Yes, I would think Holly Blue to be the most likely.

Good to know there are some Lepidoptera about. Yet to see one here in the UK, although some have been seen during the last few sunny days.

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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 19:07   #187
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Spent half an hour this morning scanning the field at Llenaire... nothing. Went back at 6pm tonight, 14 stone curlews at the back in among the trees. In between went to Can Cuarassa, Albufereta, Cami des Polls, S'Amarador and then to Depuradora where I had the pleasure of spending time with Pep Manchado. Watched an osprey diving in to the bay 3 times opposite the entrance to Albufereta before it gave up and headed in the direction of Albufera. At least a dozen sandwich terns in the same area fishing close to the beach. That's it for another visit, travelling home tomorrow. Hope to be back soon
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 19:24   #188
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Good trip Back David. Pleasure to meet you and best of luck with appartment.
I have to go back this week as well due to family problems.
Many thanks to all for a great time. Special thanks to Pep, Carlos, Kevin and Mike.
See you soon

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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 11:26   #189
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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 17:24   #190
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A nice walk along the seafront of Palma with my unsuspecting wife who didn’t know there was a splendid adult winter Mediterranean Gull, which had been found earlier by Toni, lurking on the rocks nearby. I feigned surprise when I saw it. I’m not sure if she rumbled me or not but either way, it’s a very smart gull to see.
Also a Red-breasted Merganser nearby but it/they do move around quite a bit.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 12:24   #191
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Just made it to Pollenca. Wow what a nice island :). Not sure when I'm gonna get a chance to get some active birding done, but nice pale morph Booted Eagle just south of Pollenca en route.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 17:49   #192
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A brief visit to Salobrar de Campos this afternoon. As soon as I arrived I heard that haunting call of Common Cranes. I saw three flying but could not locate any others which were clearly calling after the other birds had gone so I can only assume that there are still some roosting in the area. I have a distant photo of some in the fields at the back of the reserve.
Numbers of passing Shearwaters should be increasing at the moment but my last three visits have produced quite the opposite with 1,700+, 204 and 113 tonight. I just don’t get it.
I’m not sure I have ever said but the best time for seabirds is one hour before dusk. Before this time there can be nothing.
Mornings can also be good from dawn but I’m not often seawatching at that time.
It seems that there are probably three different Mediterranean gulls at Portixol. Mike Swiss will hopefully post his photo of a bird in more advanced plumage, coming into adult summer with that lovely black cap.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 20:05   #193
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I forgot to say that one distant Harrier I saw at Salobrar today looked slimmer than the accompanying Marsh Harrier and when I processed my photos I see that I managed to get a chance photo confirming Hen Harrier when I was trying to photograph the Cranes.
Sometimes luck is on our side. Mike
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 20:22   #194
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As the master requested.
Additional birds seen along coast at Portixol included Audouins Gulls, Shags, Cormorant, Turnstone, Sndwich terns and Red Breasted Merganser.
I am going to miss this island. Cannot wait to be back for Spring migration.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 21:10   #195
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Mallorca will miss you too Mike.
Many thanks for your posts, photos and amusing anecdotes.
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Old Wednesday 20th February 2019, 13:04   #196
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A slow walk around the salt pans with some Dutch visitors was delightful this morning on this calm sunny day.
Loads of raptors including many Marsh harriers doing all sorts of aerial dancing, a joy to watch. Many Red Kites too and a Booted Eagle.
Still good numbers of Flamingoes and a few Shoveler present too.
Curlew, Cattle and Little egrets and some of the smaller waders too, mostly Kentish plovers and Little stints.
The visitors also heard a Bluethroat but sadly no sighting.
No sight nor sound of the Common Cranes from last night. They may have left early as they usuallly do, so they may well be back to roost tonight.
Just as we were leaving Andrés messaged some Red-breasted Mergansers. Two have been present every visit recently.
A House Martin flew through too.
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Old Wednesday 20th February 2019, 17:37   #197
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Nothing of note for the locals, but 2 male Balearic Warblers seen in usual section of Boquer valley today, including a display flight alongside main track at around midday. Hoopoe in the
car park too. . Loving Mallorca

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There’s a group of 4 tame Alpine Accentors at the popular viewpoint between Port de Pollença and Cap Formentor
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Thanks Larry, glad you are enjoying Mallorca.
It’s amazing just how tame the Alpine Accentors are, we almost had one feeding from our hands last year. Super birds.
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I am going away to the USA tomorrow for one month.
I know that quite a few birders are coming to Mallorca in April so I will do my best to keep this thread alive whilst I’m away.
I do hope anyone with information or sightings will post here in my absence.
I also hope that any rarities will wait until I’m back before putting in an appearance.
Have fun, Mike
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