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Old Tuesday 16th October 2018, 20:41   #1151
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Thanks Steve. Important photos because I was wondering if some Rock sparrows get overlooked in Mallorca. There were some House sparrows in with this flock thus giving a good side-by-side comparison.
The Rock sparrows appeared stockier with a more stout bill and overall with more variegated plumage. The field guides say the lower mandible is pinkish but all the ones I saw appeared yellowish. The supercillium is also bolder but the lighter underparts aren’t always obvious and neither is the yellow throat patch visible at this time of the year.
We now all know about this site in the latter part of August and September but I wonder how many other unknown sites there are on the Island. Previous to this site, we all had to flog up to Cap Blanc in the height of summer in the hopes of getting a glimpse of one and even then we often came away empty handed. The birds are far best seen early in the morning as Graham kindly confirmed. Totals appear to be about thirty birds. They also clearly bred somewhere in Mallorca as there were juveniles in with the adults. I’m not sure anybody knows exactly where though.
Any further information on these enigmatic little beauties would be appreciated. Thanks. Mike
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 11:09   #1152
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Birds seen today at la Gola

Hello,
here you have the link to the bird list of from the 1st-15th of October and the birds seen today at the park (attached picture). The female Red-crested Pochard is still at Síller stream together with the juvenile Night Heron.
And today I have seen three Black Vultures, not in the park (of course ), but seen quite well from the bridge of Síller.

https://www.ctolagola.com/birdlist-l...llistat-d-aus/

Remind that next weeks are the right time for the passage of Yellow-browed Warbler here in Mallorca :)

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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 11:48   #1153
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Thanks for the reminder about Yellow-browed warblers Cristina.
Last year was very good for this species and I managed to catch up with a couple of them locally.
Thanks for the list too, La Gola is one of my favourite places, a little oasis in the centre of town.

I forgot to say that the Rock sparrows can be located by their distinctive call, they are very vocal.
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 17:10   #1154
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Easterlies backing Northerly over the weekend. Hoping that's good for migration through Mallorca? I'll be off down Punt de N'amer to start off with as I'm in Sa Coma. See where it takes me after that (as much as family allows)
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 18:23   #1155
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Hi Lancsbirder. Good idea, I have noted the winds which look terrific.
Porto Colom was very productive last year so I’m heading there.
I will also be at the Cap at the weekend, probably both Saturday and Sunday.
Let’s hope some good birds are blown our way. The UK has had some ultra-rare species in the last few days so there is no reason why we shouldn’t also get lucky here!
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 19:34   #1156
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Visit to Albufera, Depuradora and S’Amarador.
Great to see John and Liz (beckcottage birder).
Birds seen included 2 Spoonbills, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Osprey, Marsh Harriers, Kestrels, Snipes, Spotted redshanks, Greenshanks, Dunlins, Lapwings, Blackwinged Stilts, Night herons, Cattle egrets, dunlins, little ring plovesrs, kentish plovers, 2 Pintails, Whinchats, Wheatears, Stonechats, Reed warbler, Swarms of starlings, Hoopoes, linnets, goldfinches, greenfinch, cetti and fan tailed warblers.

Bad weather on its way may bring new birds
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 19:55   #1157
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No Problem Mike, I Think Kevin was quite pleased with them as well.
Moustached Warbler Salbufera x 2.
Osprey Salbufera.
B H G Salbufera, rung as a chick in Central France 13 June 2018.
Had no joy finding the ringer of the Little Stint in previous post, if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2018, 21:03   #1158
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Had no joy finding the ringer of the Little Stint in previous post, if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.
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Hi Steve
I could find nothing to match on the Euring project site so it might be worth logging it on this:
https://blx1.bto.org/euring/lang/pag...jsp?type=WADER

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Old Thursday 18th October 2018, 13:47   #1159
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Hello!

A Common Rosefinch seen at la Gola. Near the Bird centre. We have seen it just where the huge tamarisk (tree) is, before the first bridge. It was calling and perched on dead branches of a small tamarisk. A juvenile.
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Old Thursday 18th October 2018, 13:53   #1160
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An excellent record Cristina, thanks for posting. I hope some photos follow. Mike
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Old Thursday 18th October 2018, 14:17   #1161
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Orange Alert

Hello again,
just a reminder: the orange alert due to the high probability of strong rain will be activated at 6pm
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Old Thursday 18th October 2018, 19:57   #1162
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Thanks Martin but already tried the BTO who sent it to the IWSG, they said it could be an unregistered scheme or even lost a colour ring.
Little Stint and Dunlin Salbufera
Pheasants Son Real seen more this year than the last 10 put together.
Serin Son Real.
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Old Yesterday, 05:09   #1163
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Thanks Martin but already tried the BTO who sent it to the IWSG, they said it could be an unregistered scheme or even lost a colour ring.
Steve.
Hello,
It is a local birder who uses this ringing scheme, he is not in the international web sites.
Maybe if you ask to [email protected] they can say you.
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First winter Mediterranean Gull on beach in front of hotel Romantic Port de Pollenca
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Boats

I’m going to spend 4 days in Port de Pollenca in early November. Are there any boat trips specially for birders? If not, which normal boat trips are likely to be good for shearwaters etc.
Thanks for any advice.
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Two 1st W plus one adult W Med Gulls feeding over flood debris in Pollenca bay. Mainly South of the town towards Torrent de San Jordi.
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Hi JeffMoh. I don’t know of any specific boat trips for birders but there still maybe a few outings being offered. You will be able to see both species of Shearwaters from Formentor if not.
The east coast is better still if you can get there.
If anyone knows any more, could they please post. Thanks, Mike
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Hi JeffMoh. I don’t know of any specific boat trips for birders but there still maybe a few outings being offered. You will be able to see both species of Shearwaters from Formentor if not.
The east coast is better still if you can get there.
If anyone knows any more, could they please post. Thanks, Mike
Best place I found for seeing shearwaters close is at Cap de Pera near Cala Ratjada, Cala san Vincente and Formentor as Mike said
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We spent the afternoon avoiding the rain and floods at s'Amarador. Singing Great reed Warbler , 7+ Song Thrush single Sky Lark and Water Pipit over. And the days high light a male Bluethroat next to the track just a few meters from the car.
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Two Yellow-browed warblers seen by Maties at Albufera. Also a Merlín at Albufereta.
I went to Porto Colom to look for Yellow-browed warblers and as soon as I stepped out of the car, one was calling. I played a recording straight away and it was definitely the same call.
It was in exactly the same location as last year as found by Jason. Let’s hope lots more are on their way.
Good prediction Cristina!!
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Thanks Pep, will send them the photo.
Garganey,
Marbled Duck,
Water Rail,
Green Sand. all Salbufera.
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When I was at Porto Colom there was a falconer training a Harris hawk. The owner told me he had lost four birds here in Mallorca and his friends had also lost birds. One was found electrocuted but there must still be quite a few free-flying birds out there.
Just one to consider for anyone seeing unidentified raptors.
It’s still important to report birds though. I have only ever seen one here.
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