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Old Tuesday 29th January 2019, 18:13   #101
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Awesome Stew..Wish I was there!

Another Airport drive...Quick visit to Cala Gamba and Ciutat Jardi.

Birds seen included: Yellow Legged Gulls, Audouins Gulls, Black headed Gulls, Cormorants, Greenfinch, Sardinian Warblers, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Kestrel, Sandwich Tern.

9 Turnstones and 2 Ospreys (doing aerobatics) were also seen.

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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 11:20   #102
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Morning walk around La Gola.

The centre opens on 1st February

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Birds seen today included: Little Egrets, Sardinian Warblers, Crossbills, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, YL Gulls, Audouins Gulls, Crag Martins, Black Redstarts, Song Thrush.

Looking forward to the monthly lists from La Gola

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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 12:21   #103
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Hello all; I'm back in Mallorca next week staying again in Port de Pollenca. I am intending spending at least 1 day in the south heading towards Salobrar de Campos area and the salt lakes. I have heard mention of the polo pitches. Are these in this area and are they worth a visit? Could anyone please provide directions? Other than that nothing else planned apart from Son Real and S'Albufera and the usual haunts nearby. I'll definitely call in to La Gola to say hello. The forecasted weather of 16-17 degrees will contrast nicely with the minus 7 in Northumberland last night!!
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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 13:15   #104
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Hi David. Let me know when you are going to the salt pans and I will try to join you for a while.
They are best approached from Hotel Fontsanta, Park there and walk down Eddies Track. It’s very flooded so wellies are advised.
The polo pitch is always worth a visit because you just never know although I am convinced there will be a rarity there one day.
The back roads and polo pitch are found by coming out of the hotel car park back to the main road and turning left, down a short stretch of dual carriage way to a roundabout. Take the first left. Keep going a couple of kilometers and take the turning left opposite a signpost to the right saying “Campos” it’s a very minor road but it leads past some fields which are terrific for larks, pipits and sparrows. Keep going to a large building at the end and the road goes right a then left to the pitch.
I suppose a google map and coordinates would be better but that’s all beyond me. Someone may help!
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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 13:23   #105
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A Great spotted cuckoo was trapped near Menorca a couple of days ago.
I have never seen one here but managed two in the UK. The Shoreham-by-sea one I bunked off work for and got great views. I eventually returned to the office looking a bit dishevelled and sweaty. I’m sure they all thought I was up to no good. I never did tell them it was just a bird.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 14:15   #106
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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 15:58   #107
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Afternoon visit to Cala Sa Vincente

Lots of building and renovation of the hotels.

Birds seem immune to the noise and traffic!

Birds seen included Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian Wablers, Song Thrushes, Black Redstarts, Audouins Gulls, YL Gulls, Cormorants, Shags, and distant view of several Shearwaters (most likely Scopolis- long wings, very light underneath, twisting as they flew).

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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 18:05   #108
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I don’t remember ever seeing so many White Wagtails as there are this year, carpets of them here in the south.
As has been mentioned, Black Redstarts are the same.
Very few Thrushes though, I remember going on walks locally and seeing lots more than there are now. No Fieldfare yet in the south and I haven’t heard of many elsewhere either.
Perhaps we need a really cold snap with some snow.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 18:07   #109
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I'll happily swap your weather for ours at the moment!
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Old Friday 1st February 2019, 06:12   #110
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[quote=I suppose a google map and coordinates would be better but that’s all beyond me. Someone may help!
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https://goo.gl/maps/rYPjVzukv7M2

There you go!
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Old Friday 1st February 2019, 07:45   #111
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Thanks estebannic. We are staying with Mike Swiss for the weekend for some serious birding.
Perhaps he can take this on as his next challenge, to show me how to do that!
It won’t be easy. Mike
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Old Friday 1st February 2019, 13:03   #112
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Despite rain and strong winds, I managed a scoot round the south.
Most sensible birds were hiding but Salobrar had big numbers of Marsh Harrier on the wing, lots of Red Kite and Flamingoes seen from the Es Trenc road.
Driving from the salt pans to the Polo pitch produced large flocks of Sparrows, Linnets, Skylarks, Meadow pipits and some singing Corn Buntings. No sign of any Cranes.
The Polo pitch seems to be in disrepair as it has turned orange and many weeds are growing. I believe there is a lot of work going on, mostly to the drainage system it looks like.
Lots of Hoopoe but nothing like the 29 I saw last time, Meadow pipits, Lapwing, Starlings, White Wagtails and Black Redstarts.
I tried to get to the lighthouse but it really was too windy.
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Old Friday 1st February 2019, 15:04   #113
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Windy up North.
Short visit to Pollensa and S’Albuferata.
Met up with Keith, Pete and his family.
Birds seen included: Griffon Vultures, Red Kites, Ospreys(3), Marsh Harriers including stonking Male, Kestrel(hiding its prey under a bush), Water Rails, Little, Cattle and Great Egrets, Hoopoe, Shoverlers, Gadwalls, BW Stilts, Pintails(4), Meadow pipits, Green finches, Goldfinches and Song thrush.

45 Flamingoes still there - seen from the tower.

Looking forwardto the Battle of the Bad Birders with Mike M

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Old Friday 1st February 2019, 16:35   #114
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That’s a very smart Pintail Mike.
You can start the weekend by showing me one of those please.
See you tomorrow, Mike
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Old Saturday 2nd February 2019, 19:43   #115
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Look Pal..12 pintails..is that enough
Great views of Flamingos
New hide at Calle Salvador Dali
Great day out with Mike M and Mrs M

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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 06:33   #116
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It was a great start to the weekend Mike, those Pintail being the highlight.
It was impossible to stand up at the Mirador because of the gusts of wind and the Alpine Accentors were hiding. Shame, but we will get them later today.
Nice to see Cristina again and hear her account of finding the Red-flanked bluetail first hand.
La Gola is a gem of a reserve right in the heart of Pollença.
Improvements to all the reserves continue and the hide and scrapes at Albufereta will help transform this reserve into one of the premier sites in Mallorca, it is now a fabulous place to watch birds.
Son Real and Maristany today, Mike has a schedule all worked out. I will post later with hopefully some good sightings.
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 06:36   #117
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A cold and very windy Albufereta yesterday.
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 14:01   #118
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Very dramatic pic, Mike.
Where is Calle Salvador Dali?
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Where is Calle Salvador Dali?
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OK - I've found it. I've known it for years but now I know what it's called!
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ca...726!4d3.103217
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Another full day out with Mike and Susan. We first called into Maristany where there were a few House Martins in with the flocks of Crag Martins, also Tufted Ducks, Black-necked Grebe, lots of Little grebes and a Grey wagtail.
We then went for a long walk around Son Real. It was very pleasant as usual but devoid of bird life.
For last knockings we went to the Mirador where we were greeted by at least two ridiculously tame Alpine Accentors. A nice way to end our second day here in the north.
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 15:17   #121
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Just one reminder of this charismatic little gem. I could watch them all day as they scratch round the car park.
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 15:50   #122
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Thanks Mike and Jane. A great 2 days despite the rain, cold and wind.
Highlights included number of Pintails, closeup Flamingos, Alpine Accentors ( including 2 around our car in the carpark!) and Mike surviving being blown off the Mirador.
We still need you Mike
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 22:09   #123
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View from the new hide at Albufereta. Several scrapes have been created and the small islands will provide space from nesting birds.
It’s looking good already and will no doubt mature into one of the best places to view some great birds. Already we have seen some scarce species with 12 Pintails and several Greater Flamingoes present.
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Old Monday 4th February 2019, 12:17   #124
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Hello!
Here we are again.
Nice to see you Mikes!

On February the Bird Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
I attach the birds seen today.
kind regards,
Cristina.
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Old Monday 4th February 2019, 13:35   #125
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Excited about coming to Mallorca for the first time in two weeks. It's a family holiday, but should be able to fit in some birding. I have a burning question, which is how long a walk is it roughly, to the Balearic Warbler zone in the Boquer Valley, from the nearest parking area? We'll have a 5 year old with us, so distance and difficulty of the trail could be an issue.
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