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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 21:06   #926
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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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Albufera has been good to me; long walk in and, if you want to visit the hide looking towards the power station, a long walk there too but in my opinion worth it. The scrape / hide to the left of the VC as you approach was very enjoyable - at least three purple swamp hen, glossy ibis, cattle egret, curlew sandpiper etc

I visited Mortitx for the first time a couple of days ago and I’ll be going back there - Bonelli’s Eagles, 10 x Black Vulture plus loads of warblers etc etc

If you haven’t already have a look at https://www.mallorcabirdwatching.com/
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 21:44   #927
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Hi David
I live next to Cala d’Or and can show you a few local places.
The lighthouse at Porto Petro is excellent for sea watching.
Mondragó can be quite good but is a nice walk anyway. There are toilets down by the bar on the beach which stayed open all year last year so I assume it will do again this year. There is also a temporary toilet up at the reception of the information Centre and another one in the Centre itself. Some good booklets are given free there too.
The salt pans are excellent and the boardwalk at Colonia Sant Jordi is well worth doing especially if the seas are dramatic.
Cap de Ses Salines will be in full swing with Honey Buzzard still going through and other migrant raptors too.
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 21:59   #928
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Hi Laurie
That’s very helpful and is the same as my understanding but it does get confusing when I try to discuss matters of age and moult strategy in another language. I’m really not up to it but I try and Pep and a few others speak excellent English.
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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 09:18   #929
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Last full Day today:
Confined to barrocks most of morning due to thunder and Lightning.
From the apartment 3 Eleonora's, a Green Sand heard and a Juv Egyptian Vulture has just come from the Direction of Llenaire flying towards the Boquer area in the clearing skies.
A Nightjar was seen last night flying about 25/30m off shore along the pine walk towards the marina at 9.20pm
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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 09:36   #930
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Black kite Circling Very low over Pollensa Park Hotel (11.25).Will post pic when I can remember how.
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A 2nd Egyptian Vulture (an Ad) going south over PP before an impending belt of rain and fresh wind.
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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 11:58   #932
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The coastal bus from Pollensa stops a few hundred yards from the Albafura reserve and you can just jump over a wall (useful before it opens) and you are straight on the paths

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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 12:34   #933
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Dropped Mrs B off for the market in Alcudia and then made a brief visit to Maristany. It has pretty much dried out completely, and has got that “moonscape” look about it. A few common sands and little ringed plovers were running around between the lumps, and a wheatear was out in the middle. Best was a count of 28 stone curlews up in the northern end (perhaps more, given the hiding places available in the lumps).

At the Albufereta, from the tower I watched a storm approach and decided to move to the hide - arriving with a birding couple just as the spectacular storm broke. Thunder, lightening and hailstones hammering on the roof made for an exciting few minutes. A kingfisher stuck it out through the storm on the posts in front of an island. The storm clearly dumped a flock of greenshanks on the main pools - at least 8 were there, with much calling. It also wound up the local water rails, with several calling. I could hear bee eaters too, but could not find them as they moved off south.

The Ca’n Cuarassa track was unproductive - only a woodchat troubled the notebook.

I decided to investigate the 500m or so of the Ternelles approach road from the small car park to the security gates. Firecrests, a chaffinch, blackcaps and a blue tit were active in the trees, with crossbills calling too. On a better day visibility from near the gates would probably produce raptors, but not today!

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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 16:02   #934
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Arrived Sunday, highlights so far, Yesterday Albufereta Purple Herons 4, Great White Egrets 4, Greenshanks 6, Flamingos 9.
Sillot, Wood 2 and Green sand 2.
Son Real, Cirl Buntings 2, Serin 3 Nightingale.
Salbufera today, Marbled Ducks 60, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sand, Garganey 2 Purple Heron and a Lifer for me, a PINE MARTIN on the path close to the visitors center at 11:30 not long after the thunder storm looking wet through.
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OMG, this monsoon weather in Port de Pollensa is just relentless!!!
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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 20:29   #936
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Another great Holiday in Majorca. Some nice unexpected surprises, namely Scop's Owl calling again in the town, 42 Stone Curlew together and a migrant Robin.
Passage wise, 3 Egyptian Vulture, Male Monties, Black Kite, a Bonelli's Warbler, Nightjar and an Ortolan was a good tally.
Also the usual suspects that are always great to see. No Bee-eaters despite numbers reported going through was the only disappointment.
Looking forward to our next visit already.
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A 2nd Egyptian Vulture (an Ad) going south over PP before an impending belt of rain and fresh wind.
I think you’ll find that that was one of our sun beds off the roof terrace 😮😂
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 08:12   #938
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Heads up to anyone interested in dragonflies, Mile M and I have just seen a male vagrant emperor at S’Albufera. Photos later. Leaving direchions at the VC.

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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 12:43   #939
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Thanks for the info Mike. Normally tend to drive stop/start most of our bird watching. As my partner has walking problems especially over uneven ground and being out in the sun too long some venues are out.
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 15:22   #940
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A great day out with Mike M in much better than forecast weather. The plan was to go to S’Albufera to help Mike to get to grips with dragonflies, but we didn’t for a moment imagine that we’d be in on the finding and identification of a vagrant emperor! A group of Belgian birders had found, and with their leader Johan were identifying this insect. With one look I knew we were looking at a male vagrant emperor - much jigging and high-fiveing followed! Although it appears on the Mallorca list, when I did a previous extensive literature search I couldn’t find a single attributable record of this irruptive species, so at the very least it’s a mega dragonfly rarity for the island.

Birds were OK too! Lots of marbled duck on Sa Roca (50+), a nice selection of waders at Es Cibollar II including ruff, redshank, greenshank and spotted redshank, with osprey and purple heron for back-up.

We called at Maristany, where last night’s storm had restored the water levels a little. Here a flock of 40+ swifts moved through with at least 2 pallid amongst them, and a hirundine flock also came through with a couple of sand martins in their number. Yellow wags (2) and a reed bunting were probably also passing through.

A brief stop at the tower at the Albufereta where we saw a great white egret was a nice finish to the day.

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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 18:07   #941
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A fantastic record of the Vagrant Emperor, Stew, and some fabulous photos!! There are very few previous records of this species in Mallorca and Cabrera, and none in s'Albufera, so yours is the first, congratulations!

I've been talking with the editor of the AOB (Ornithological Anuari of the Balearics) to see if it's possible to add a new section in the AOB with records of dragonflies and damselflies (and maybe diurnal butterlies), and he liked the idea very much. So, next step is to find somebody to coordinate this new section, I'm trying to do now some contacts with local experts.

So, if everything is ok, your fantastic record (and many others) will be published next year in AOB. Fingers crossed!
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 18:50   #942
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Hi Maties, I am willing to help with co-ordination and I have some photos too.
The problem is that my Spanish is still poor but do let me know how I can help.
Fantastic record Stew, I was very happy for you. Watching your elation was every bit as good as seeing the dragonfly itself!
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Thanks Maties and Mike - it was a thrilling insect to see, but I mustn’t forget that if Johan Debuck and his Belgian birding group hadn’t come across it first we may have missed it completely!

I really like the idea of creating an annual summary of Balearic odonata records. Dragonflies and damselflies are excellent indicators for the health of wetland habitats, so a better understanding of distribution and trends will be really valuable. And, of course, it may help some of us to hear of new sites to visit to see the Island’s dragonflies and damselflies!

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Old Thursday 12th September 2019, 12:21   #944
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Eleven Bee-eaters through the town of Ses Salines heading south despite the high winds.
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Old Thursday 12th September 2019, 15:20   #945
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Thanks Maties and Mike - it was a thrilling insect to see, but I mustn’t forget that if Johan Debuck and his Belgian birding group hadn’t come across it first we may have missed it completely!

I really like the idea of creating an annual summary of Balearic odonata records. Dragonflies and damselflies are excellent indicators for the health of wetland habitats, so a better understanding of distribution and trends will be really valuable. And, of course, it may help some of us to hear of new sites to visit to see the Island’s dragonflies and damselflies!

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Perhaps the first issue could contain extracts of some of the work done by TAIB (records/transect data/etc.)?

Just a thought.

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Early morning overcast skies and high winds made me change my plan of a day in the mountains for something more local. As it happens the day turned out really sunny and warm, although it stayed pretty windy!

Three spotless starlings crossed the track at Ca’n Cuarassa, and there were three wheatears and a whinchat viewed from the “no entry” sign on the track off to the right. A woodchat on the telegraph wires completed a worthwhile visit. A single flamingo, two great white egrets and a perched osprey were on view from the tower at the Albufereta, while7 greenshank, a dunlin and a curlew sandpiper were in front of the hide.

A red kite was over the fields at Son Bosc, while three stone curlews, a juvenile woodchat and a redstart were on the field next to the track down to the depuradora. Two glossy ibises flighting in and landing out of view, and an obliging pallid swift were the best the Depuradora had to offer. Seven quite large red-eared sliders hauled out on the concrete edge were a little unwanted. On the drive out I saw two tawny pipits in a weedy field.

A wheatear and two whinchats were near the tower atS’Amarador. I couldn’t find any waxbills at the eastern end of the Cami des Polls, but a stripey juvenile little bittern and a fine male violet dropwing dragonfly made the effort worthwhile.

I finished at the north end of the Cami des Polls. It was great to see that the overgrown corner of the dyke has been cleared - and two territorial male violet dropwings and ovipositing lesser emperors evidenced how effective the clearance has been.

As I write this on our roof terrace I can hear (but, frustratingly as usual can’t see) bee eaters heading south over Puerto Pollenca.

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A great day out with Mike M in much better than forecast weather. The plan was to go to S’Albufera to help Mike to get to grips with dragonflies, but we didn’t for a moment imagine that we’d be in on the finding and identification of a vagrant emperor! A group of Belgian birders had found, and with their leader Johan were identifying this insect. With one look I knew we were looking at a male vagrant emperor - much jigging and high-fiveing followed! Although it appears on the Mallorca list, when I did a previous extensive literature search I couldn’t find a single attributable record of this irruptive species, so at the very least it’s a mega dragonfly rarity for the island.
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Hi Stew

There's a photo here (https://hiveminer.com/Tags/anax%2Cephippiger) of a specimen photographed in flight in 2018 in s'Albufera.

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There's a photo here (https://hiveminer.com/Tags/anax%2Cephippiger) of a specimen photographed in flight in 2018 in s'Albufera.

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Old Thursday 12th September 2019, 20:43   #949
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Good to meet up with Mike and StewB yesterday, sure we will bump into one another again.
Salbufera today,
Kentish Plovers 212, Turnstone don't think I have had one on salbufera before, Curlew Sands 2, Stone Curlew, Greenshank 3,Garganey 2.
Sillot, Wood Sands 2, Green Sands 2.
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An excellent early morning at the Cap until the storm came.
Toni S. was there before me and he saw a Montagu’s Harrier, a Common Buzzard (very pale juv) and a Hobby leave the Island.
Two more Hobby went through as did a Marsh Harrier and bizarrely a Honey Buzzard came in off the sea.
Then the rain came and when it rains in Mallorca...
Tomorrow will be good, I can’t go.
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