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Old Friday 6th September 2019, 10:24   #901
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Hello!
just in case Maties is too busy to post it, a Roller was seen yesterday in Son Bosc area.

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Old Friday 6th September 2019, 13:04   #902
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La Gola: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Willow Warblers, 1F Redstart.
Boquer Roundabout avenue: 2 Willow Warbler, 1F/1stW Pied Fly, Firecrest and Ltph Booted Eagle over.
1 Bonellis Warbler in Trees, just past the I'Llador Hotel (12.10).
Flava wags continuing to trickle through.
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Old Friday 6th September 2019, 15:26   #903
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Walk to Llenaire: 15.15-17.15
1 Thekla Lark, 1 Redstart, 1F type Pied Fly, 1 Willow warb, 3 Stone Curlew, 3 Booted Eagle, 1Chaffinch, 1 Green Sand on the stream and 3 distant Black Vulture.
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Old Friday 6th September 2019, 20:44   #904
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Bocquer Valley - early morning visit

1 Balearic Warbler and 1 light Booted Eagle were the highlights.
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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 07:21   #905
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1 Ortolan Bunting South over Gotmar, Port de Pollensa. (Seen and heard 09.00)
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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 15:33   #906
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Just two Honey Buzzard through the Cap this morning seen by Lalo, both early in the day.
Also a couple of Marsh Harrier on migration and several groups of Bee-eaters, affectionately known here as
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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 15:56   #907
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3 x red kite near Petra
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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 17:52   #908
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1 Ortolan Bunting South over Gotmar, Port de Pollensa. (Seen and heard 09.00)
No doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Ortolan a scarce migant - so a very good record worth reporting.

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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 23:38   #909
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Yes, the locals were talking about the record tonight at the party to launch the annual bird report and present the prize to Pep for winning the BigYear competition.
Pep is again a very worthy winner, it’s a hard slog throughout the year and it requires a lot of stamina and dedication to win, so many congratulations to Pep.
Ortolan is very scarce indeed and we were saying how difficult they are to see here in Mallorca. I have seen one in the last fifteen years.
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Old Sunday 8th September 2019, 08:47   #910
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Imm Hobby, through over Port de Pollensa this Morning.
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Old Sunday 8th September 2019, 14:27   #911
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I took a walk at Mortitx today. Redstart, Cirl Bunting, Hoopoe, 10 x Black Vulture together. Before the up hill begins, I saw these birds - could anyone confirm if they are Bonelli’s Eagles please?
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Boquer Valley:
3 Willow Warbler, Imm Common Whitethroat and aF Pied Fly were along the roundabout avenue and was also quite surprised to see a Robin there about half way along (don't think I've looked at a Robin for as long.)
In The valley itself were a cracking Male Black Redstart being harrased by Stonechats, 4 Redstarts, 1 Garden Warbler, 3+ Blackcap, M Pied Fly, 1+ Firecrest and a F Cirl Bunting around the casa di Boquer.
Further up 3 Booted Eagle, 10+ Crag Martin and 3M 1F Blue Rock Thrush.
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 03:53   #913
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Looks like an Adult and a Juvenile to me and they do breed there

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 05:53   #914
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Looks like an Adult and a Juvenile to me and they do breed there

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Cheers, Laurie. That’s what I’d heard so was pleased to have spotted them on the walk back out. Apart from the birdlife, fabulous scenery up there. Appreciate the reply 👍🏻😃
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I agree with an adult on the left photo and an immature bird on the right.
The small head is quite a feature and shows particularly well on the adult bird.
They do breed at Mortitx and as you rightly say, it’s a spectacular place for a walk with nearly always good birds to entertain.
The first year bird is on the wing at Cap de Ses Salines and is a very distinctive bird to see. The adult birds show too from time to time.
A poor Sunday at the Cap for migration with just one Marsh Harrier and three Alpine Swift through.
I’m going there right now and hoping for a bit more luck than that!
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 06:57   #916
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So Mike - you are saying the ‘Ginger’ bird is in its 2cy and not post-juv 1cy?

Just interested that’s all

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 07:27   #917
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C'an Cuarassa 07.00-08.30
1 Wheatear, 7 Spotless Starling, 1lp Eleonora's, Green Sand calling and a Hoopoe.
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 08:52   #918
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So Mike - you are saying the ‘Ginger’ bird is in its 2cy and not post-juv 1cy?
Just interested that’s all
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Hi Laurie, I think it is an adult and a chick of this year, just 4 o 5 months old.

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 11:20   #920
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Lost in translation but an adult and a this years juv - thanks

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 13:21   #921
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There has been some confusion here because there are some different terms. The young born this year I would call juvenile but was told this is not the term to use.
This year’s birds are very distinctive. I will try to find my old photo. I know Patrick has some super shots so if he reads this, perhaps he would be good enough to post them here.
Virtually nothing at the Cap this morning, very disappointing.
Just one female type Golden oriole flashed past the trees and three Swift species were seen, too far away to identify.
We are due a grand day soon, it’s been so poor so far this year.
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 13:38   #922
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Lost in translation but an adult and a this years juv - thanks

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Yes! I did a mistake, I corrected it, i meant 4-5 months old
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 15:58   #923
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Arrived at Palma this morning, and with Mrs B (Advanced Motorist!) driving I was able to see red kite and booted eagle from the dual carriageway north, and crag martin and a woodchat shrike along the road into Pollenca. Two more booted eagles were over Puerto Pollenca at lunchtime, viewed from our apartment roof, where there were several lesser emperors patrolling the gardens below us and a red-veined darter on our washing line.

Given the poor weather forecast I thought I’d do a late afternoon walk in the Bocquer while the sun was out and the winds fairly light. There were at least 3 redstarts in the valley bottom, along with blackcap and 3+ blue rock thrushes. A wryneck was calling from a dead tree towards the seaward end of the valley and two Balearic warblers were calling persistently in the scrub at the top of the slope to the sea. It took a while, but eventually I got some pretty good views.

On the walk back a peregrine was drifting along the eastern ridge, accompanied by a cronking raven and a few crag martins.

Nice to see that there’s still plenty of “Tyrrhenian” (!) flycatchers around.

It’s good to be back again!

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A lot of species moult juvenile plumage in a short period of time say 1-12 weeks of fledging afaik. Look at 2 very diferent birds - Starling and Black-headed Gull. Both of these look very different from their juvenile pelage but both plumages are still 1cy. Quite where ‘immature’ kicks in is open to conjecture but i would say when a bird enters its 2cy and beyond but i suppose somebody, probably NuttyBoy, will correct me

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Hi we coming over on 8th Oct for 10 days for our annual trip. We are staying in Cala Dor for a change which is an area we have not been too. We normally stay Alcudia/pollensa area so will probably have a couple of trips up there as well. Any pointers as to where to go birding on our stay. We have in the past been been to San Salines/Sant Jordi/Eddies track but have not covered/or know the South east coastline. i noticed Mondrago is a favoured area but by wife has asked does the park have toilets.
i read the forum regularly to keep up with whats going on(quite jealous at times) so hope there will be some decent birding left for us.
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