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Old Tuesday 11th June 2019, 18:43   #676
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Some figures for the spring migration at the tower, Albercutx.
Bee-eaters aside, 411 went through, the most common raptor was Marsh Harrier with a total of 148 birds.
Next came Black Kite with 82 then the fabulous Honey buzzards with 68 being logged.
29 Common Kestrels went through on migration.
23 Hobby.
17 Booted eagles.
15 Red Kite.
A very good total of 14 Sparrowhawk were counted and 11 Common Buzzard.
3 Montagu’s harriers.
3 Black stork.
The highlight would have been the possible Goshawk that was seen on the 24th March but it was not positively identified.
Many thanks to Lalo and all the members of GORA for these details.
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Old Wednesday 12th June 2019, 09:00   #677
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I have put up a post on my blog about my recent holiday on the island – an excellent visit! http://www.randonsramblings.com/2019...h-birding.html
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Old Wednesday 12th June 2019, 11:23   #678
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Hi Neil.
A very enjoyable read, thanks for sharing it.
I have had a number of enquiries for a site for Nightjar in the north so I was wondering if you could give some details and whether other birders would be able to visit the site unless it’s on private land.
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Old Wednesday 12th June 2019, 14:45   #679
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Yes, a nice report, and one that reminds me of similar experiences I had years ago when staying in villas in the March valley. A nice-looking villa, too.
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Old Wednesday 12th June 2019, 20:24   #680
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Lovely report Neil.
Shall be visiting the Island again next month and looking forward to seeing the special birds that call Mallorca home,again.
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Old Thursday 13th June 2019, 10:17   #681
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Egyptian Vulture

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One Egyptian Vulture was seen by Pedro around the cliffs of Cala Sant Vicenç this last weekend.
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Stopping off in Majorca[ capital city] on a cruise in August.
Any handy places on bus routes out of the capital to go for a walk for birdwatching or scenic areas.Don't mind long strenous walks
Is the bird reserve near Pollensa on a bus route?
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It depends on the time you'll have it's a worth or not take de bus to Pollença or Alcúdia.
The bus 340 goes to Port de Pollença and it takes at least an hour to arrive. If you stop in Llenaire, then, walking, s'Albufereta Reserve is not far from there. If not, from Port de Pollença the bus 352 stops in s'Albufereta and Albufera Natural Park.
The bus 351 goes from Palma to Platja de Muro, which is closer to the main entrance of s'Albufera Natural Park, but I'm not sure which is the stop for the Park.

If you stay in Palma, you can walk part of the bay to the south and see some birds on the coast of Es Portitxol, Es Molinar, Ciutat Jardí and in an area called Es Carnatge. But that area is quite busy now.

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It depends on the time you'll have it's a worth or not take de bus to Pollença or Alcúdia.
The bus 340 goes to Port de Pollença and it takes at least an hour to arrive. If you stop in Llenaire, then, walking, s'Albufereta Reserve is not far from there. If not, from Port de Pollença the bus 352 stops in s'Albufereta and Albufera Natural Park.
The bus 351 goes from Palma to Platja de Muro, which is closer to the main entrance of s'Albufera Natural Park, but I'm not sure which is the stop for the Park.

If you stay in Palma, you can walk part of the bay to the south and see some birds on the coast of Es Portitxol, Es Molinar, Ciutat Jardí and in an area called Es Carnatge. But that area is quite busy now.

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Hi Mike - I think it was on private land just along the road from where the villa was. Heard one churring on three consecutive evenings - but not for long.

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Thanks Neil.

A Ruddy shelduck at the depuradora, Albufera today.
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We arrived in Puerto Pollenca around lunchtime today (red kite on the drive up from the airport). After lunch I had a quick dash around the Albufereta and Ca’n Cuarassa, although the heat of the afternoon wasn’t the most productive time to visit. A stone curlew at the Albufereta and a woodchat at Ca’n Cuarassa were the bird highlights, but butterflies rather stole the show, with lots of clouded yellows, Cleopatras and swallowtails.

Very unexpectedly I had a Monarch - it was battering against a chain-link fence at the Albufereta, before working out that it could fly over it. It then flew off over a field of umbellifers and was lost to view. Is this a species that occurs regularly?

I stopped on the seafront on my way back. There were 6+ Audouin’s gulls and 10+ shags on the offshore breakwaters (I always feel a bit shifty standing on a tourist beach with binoculars in hand!).

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I saw the Ruddy Shelduck with Cristina on Saturday. Can I ask what the locals view on the provenance of this bird is please?
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Hi Stew, welcome to Mallorca.
Nice record of a Monarch, my favourite butterfly. I’m not sure of the status as I remember records of a very similar species too but I’m sure Martin or Mike Swiss will know.
See you tomorrow, hopefully some good birds and butterflies await!
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Hi Stuart’s. Ruddy shelduck is a national rarity as far as I’m aware.
A pair were seen last year and were accepted as such but again, I’m sure Pep or others will comment.
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I reported seeing a Monarch a few years ago and was corrected by Martin. Apparently they are Plain Tigers which are very similar. If I remember correctly the Mallorcan government are trying to eradicate them by removing their foodplants.
I'm sure Martin will supply more detailed information.
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