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Old Thursday 6th December 2018, 18:32   #1376
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Nice birds Kevin, well done.
To add to the sightings of unseasonal birds, Mika found a Corncrake at s’Amarador today, photographed by Juanjo.
It’s a major rarity here.
Shame you didn’t know about it earlier Kevin, you could have called in.
Still, I’m not sure it will be going anywhere, I will be on site Tuesday and hope it sticks. The Starlings will be a wonderful diversion if the Corncrake is not showing.
Also a splendid adult male Hen Harrier there.
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Old Sunday 9th December 2018, 11:36   #1377
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Hello all. Has anyone been on the GOB annual bird report page and tried to obtain a copy for Mallorca for 2017. I did this earlier in the week and gave the €5.00 donation. The reply said that I would then be provided with a link to view the report, 4 days later and it still hasn't arrived. Perhaps I am doing something wrong?
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Old Sunday 9th December 2018, 12:22   #1378
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Hi David.
I will speak to Steve, I’m sure it’s some kind of glitch and you will get your copy soon.
Thanks for making a donation, it’s a lot of work and we are grateful to Steve for all his devotion, but it’s well worth it, the report contains lots of useful information of arrival dates, how many pairs breed, where all the species are being seen and loads more important facts.
I hope it’s sorted soon, Mike
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Old Sunday 9th December 2018, 13:08   #1379
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Mike

Thank you. The annual Birds in Northumberland book, for 2017, is also being issued in the next week or so. Together they will make for great reading over the Christmas break. It will be interesting to "compare and contrast" and seeing those birds listed that are very common in one location and comparative rarities in the other. Dunnock comes to mind!!
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Old Sunday 9th December 2018, 21:24   #1380
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At S’Amarador by the "dog house" today for the Corncrake, no sign of it or the Hen Harrier, but a great place for photography.
Reed Bunting, Cirl Bunting, White Wagtail, Water Pipit, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, Tree Sparrow, Moustached Warbler, Gadwall, Teal, 5 Common Crane flew over, a pair of Kestrel and the usual Marsh Harrier. About 10 Red-legged Partridges flew over.
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Old Monday 10th December 2018, 20:52   #1381
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A few images from S'Armarador yesterday
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Old Tuesday 11th December 2018, 21:09   #1382
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Great photos Clive.
A trip to the same place for me tonight frustratingly saw a crake fly up from the footpath as I turned the corner, I don’t know what it was but it looked good.
Disappointingly, nearly all the Starlings have departed.
Nice views of Moustached Warbler, Tree sparrow and Kevin saw the Waxbills. Green Sandpiper, Water pipit and loads of Marsh Harrier.
Two Common Crane flew over on the way home near Can Picafort.
Good to see you again Kevin.
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Old Wednesday 12th December 2018, 17:21   #1383
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Morning walk around la Gola, 8.45 - 9.30, produced Black headed gull, Yellow legged gull, Mallard, Moorhen, Little egret, Cattle egret, Grey heron, Fan tailed warbler, Sardinian warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Great tit, Wood pigeon, Collared dove, Cormorant, Common Snipe, Common sandpiper, Blackbird, Starling, House sparrow, Robin, Black redstart, Kingfisher, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Meadow pipit and Hoopoe.
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Old Thursday 13th December 2018, 12:19   #1384
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The link to the Balearic Bird Report for 2017 published by GOB has arrived!! I've only had time for a brief look so far but what a fantastic publication. At 230 pages it includes rarities reports, a full listing of what has been seen where and when together with some beautiful photographs. It also has some interesting other bird related articles and a record of cetaceans seen around the Mediterranean. If you haven't done so yet please consider making a donation to this worthwhile organisation and obtaining your own copy. Type GOB Bird Report 2017 into google and make €5 donation. That's my Christmas reading sorted out while I plan next years visits Many thanks to Steve Nicoll and Mike Montier for getting this to me.
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Old Thursday 13th December 2018, 14:19   #1385
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The 2017 report is another quality publication.
Appreciate the time & effort that everyone puts into it.
Make a 10 paypal donation every month, but there didn't seem to be an easy way to become an actual member, or did i miss something on the website.
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Old Friday 14th December 2018, 21:34   #1386
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Hi, I saw this duck at Bassa de Son Guidet last Wednesday. Can anyone help with identification? It was on its own away from the other ducks.
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Old Friday 14th December 2018, 21:49   #1387
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Nice little stiff-tail Kevin...
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Old Saturday 15th December 2018, 00:57   #1388
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Nice little stiff-tail Kevin...
Thanks Mile I didn't know you'd noticed.
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Old Saturday 15th December 2018, 07:02   #1389
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Hi. A Common Pochard whith raised tail.
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Old Saturday 15th December 2018, 07:54   #1390
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Jaja, I left it open because it looked like a Pochard to me but I’ve never seen one with a raised tail like that.
Thanks Maties, we had better keep looking then...
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Old Saturday 15th December 2018, 09:55   #1391
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Hi. A Common Pochard whith raised tail.
Thanks Maties. My first thoughts were Common Pochard but the tail and face markings didn't look right.
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Old Saturday 15th December 2018, 18:20   #1392
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A really nice walk up to the Castillo de Santueri, Felanitx, in glorious weather. At least twenty Crag Martins engaged in aerobatics, no doubt pairing up for spring. Great to watch at very close range but getting photos is another matter.
Also Blue Rock thrush and a few Booted eagles including one very dark individual.
Back to the UK in a few days where it may not be quite so sunny.
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Old Saturday 15th December 2018, 19:49   #1393
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Osprey31. I’m sure someone can help you with membership of GOB.
I too have had great difficulty.
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Old Tuesday 18th December 2018, 16:27   #1394
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A quick drive around the back of the salt pans revealed 60 Common Crane feeding in the fields so they are still in the area for now.
Back to the UK tomorrow but at least I am going to Leighton Moss on the 27th.
It would be nice to see you there Kevin, or anyone else, if you can make it, late morning though, I have to visit the mother-in-law first. When I first met her 50 years ago I said she would get to 100 and it looks like I was right.
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Old Wednesday 19th December 2018, 19:01   #1395
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Back to the UK tomorrow but at least I am going to Leighton Moss on the 27th.
Have a safe journey and a really good Christmas Mike, and thanks for keeping the forum going for another year - and for everything you do for us visiting birders. Its a brilliant resource.

Looking forward to getting together again on the Island in January.

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Old Wednesday 19th December 2018, 19:29   #1396
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Thank you Stew, it’s a great pleasure keeping the Mallorca thread as up-to-date as I can. I have grown to love the Island more and more with each passing year, there are some brilliant places to go birding.
I have met many visiting birders and all have been great fun to be out in the field with. This makes the task of keeping the information going so worthwhile. I have also learnt a lot from all visitors which in turn has enriched my birding experiences.
Happy Christmas to all and I look forward to meeting many of you again in the coming year.
Ps it’s flaming cold here in Yorkshire, I have definitely gone soft since living in the sun.
All the best, Mike
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Old Wednesday 19th December 2018, 22:20   #1397
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Ps its flaming cold here in Yorkshire, I have definitely gone soft since living in the sun.
All the best, Mike
Cold In Yorkshire ? You're lucky you're not In Jane's native land.
As previously mentioned,thanks for all your help with what's happening In Mallorca,It Is greatly appreciated by us UK based birders.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy,Healthy 2019 and I look forward to hopefully meeting up next July again,Mike.
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Old Thursday 20th December 2018, 21:08   #1398
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Thanks Ben Nevis. I hope you make it here next July and we can meet up again for our annual day out.
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Old Thursday 20th December 2018, 21:25   #1399
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Statistics are in for the autumn migration watch at the Cap de Ses Salines:

Way out in front was the Booted Eagle with 222 examples all leaving the Island for Africa.
In second place was the Common Kestrel with 95 examples observed.
Honey Buzzard, which seems to be everyone’s favourite migrant, came third with 62 individuals, way down on the norm sadly. This amazing raptor sometimes flies in very low and gives us all a treat. We jump for joy when this species comes into view, a response quite unlike any other. The variation in plumage is noteworthy, no two ever seem to look the same.
Black Kite took fourth place with 48 examples.
29 Hobby were counted, they often flash through really fast but are still a joy to watch.
3 Black Stork and a Short-toed snake eagle complete the list.
I was lucky enough to be present at the Cap for many days this autumn and I found it very addictive. It was hard to miss a day for fear of missing something. That’s birding I guess.
Thank you Lalo for keeping the records. Every year just seems to be better.
See you all at the Albercutx tower in the spring.
Mike

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Old Tuesday 25th December 2018, 12:10   #1400
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