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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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Old Thursday 13th June 2019, 10:56   #682
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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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Old Saturday 15th June 2019, 19:36   #684
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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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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 16:17   #686
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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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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 20:20   #687
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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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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 21:16   #688
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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 but I’m sure Martin or Mike Swiss will know.
See you tomorrow, hopefully some good birds and butterflies await!
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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 21:18   #689
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Hi Stuartg. 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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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 23:22   #690
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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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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.
Thanks Kevin - that makes sense, although I wonder what the problem could be that requires their eradication!?

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Old Tuesday 18th June 2019, 08:46   #692
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Hi Stew
As others have mentioned, it might have been a Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus (which lacks the black outlining the wing veins). Despite the work done to eradicate one of its foodplants (Gomphocarpus fruticosus - an alien invader - hence the attempt to eradicate it as the islands have enough invaders that are out-competing the native flora) it seems to be having a good year - with several recent records from both Mallorca and Menorca. In fact a friend is monitoring them so I'll pass on your record.
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Old Tuesday 18th June 2019, 09:41   #693
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Hi. Ruddy Shelducks are seen now and then in Mallorca. Some birds are probably escapes, but others arrive from their breeding sites. Many of the sightings occur in juny-july, so probably these are wild birds.

Butterflies: as Martin said, Plain Tiger is seen regularly in Mallorca, but lately some Monarchs have been seen too. First sight was in 2008, if I'm not wrong (Martin knows much better thant me!). In Ibiza has been seen too, in 2017. In Andalucía (south Spain) this butterfly seems to be well established.

Changing again to birds, sorry. On sunday at least 50 mediterranean Storm Petrels were seen 20 miles south of Mallorca, and 1 very unseasonal Black Tern too, flying north. In Puerto de Palma 3 Common Terns feeding amongst the boats, a strange place for them.

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Not exactly a bird-filled day, but spent in the company of Mike M it was (of course) immensely enjoyable.

There were bee eaters (8+) along the road at Son Bosc, with booted eagle and thekla larks for good measure. At the Depuradora we spent quite a long time in the hope of ruddy shelduck (no luck, sadly), but two marbled duck, a female pochard (accompanied by a solitary chick) and a green sandpiper kept us occupied until two flamingoes arrived for a fly around. Eventually they decided not to land and flew off north.

Very little seemed to be happening at S’Amarador, but with little else to do we persevered from the tower, eventually seeing purple heron and a lovely male little bittern. Dragonflies here included black-tailed skimmer, red-veined darter and a single Norfolk hawker. Following my record from yesterday, we had another plain tiger fly along the muddy bank below us (“plain” is an apt description as Martin pointed out, with no black veins). As we walked back to the car we had a black pennant dragonfly perched-up on a tall stick.

We couldn’t find any waxbills at the southern end of the Cami des Polls, but we had a territorial male keeled skimmer at the sluices. We checked out the orchards further along the road for waxbills (again, unsuccessful), but we had another black pennant perched up on a fence - hopefully the attached photo shows the diagnostic “equals sign” pterostigma.

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Thanks for posting Stew.
It was a great day as always.
Thanks also for teaching me about the dragonflies, I’m hooked!
Plain tiger was a new species of butterfly for me.
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Just returned from a week in Puerto Pollensa - I had thought that this would be not such a good week given migration has finished, but it was really enjoyable. Bird highlights included Ruddy Shelduck, Spotless Starling, Woodchat Shrikes and Cirl Buntings feeding young, Purple Heron, Tawny Pipit, Bee-eaters, Blue Rock Thrush and many Eleanora's Falcon. I was very grateful to the Cristina of Balears Wildlife who expertly guided me and showed me places like Son Bosc, Son Real and Depuadora that I have read about on this forum. It was also fantastic to see all of the butterflies including Two-tailed Pasha, Plain Tiger, Cleopatra and Clouded Yellow. Add to these seeing Pine Marten and Mediterranean Tortoise made it a great week.
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Hi. Butterflies: as Martin said, Plain Tiger is seen regularly in Mallorca, but lately some Monarchs have been seen too. First sight was in 2008, if I'm not wrong (Martin knows much better thant me!). In Ibiza has been seen too, in 2017. In Andalucía (south Spain) this butterfly seems to be well established. Best wishes
Hi Maties

From my knowledge most, if not all, of the Monarch sightings on the Balearic Islands relate to adult butterflies that are ceremonially released at weddings and funerals. A strange practise and one that I've written about in a joint paper. It seems to happen all over the place but I personally wish it didn't as it makes recording 'real' specimens impossible. It is, however, as you say, established in parts of mainland Spain.
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Where abouts was your Plain Tiger sighting (and date, if possible).
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Hi Martin
There were two sightings of Plain Tiger in two different places.
One seen by Stewb yesterday and one seen by us both today at s’Amarrador.
Stew will give details of his sighting yesterday.
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Today evening we have been up the Puig of Teix, and found 3 males of spectacled warbler and 1 male of rock thrush up the rocks.
Also severals tawny pipits and 1 o 2 weather.
It is always hard to walk up there but it worth a visit to enjoy this scarce birds of the high majorcan mountain.
We loved the picture of the spectacled warbler with the Estepa joana (hypericum balearicum) one kind of shrub you can find only in the Balearics islands.
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