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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 19:53   #51
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Behind the dog house

A few pics from yesterday at the dog house

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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 19:58   #52
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A very cold walk along the front from the aquarium towards Palma produced only mixed Gulls, Shags, Sandwich terns and Turnstones.
After the recent weather, at times nudging 20 degrees, it was a bit of a shock to have to deal with such a biting wind.
Albufera tomorrow so I’m glad the wind has dropped.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 19:24   #53
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Red kite and Jack snipe from Sant Jordi. Moustached warbler and Water pipit from S'Amarador
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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 19:54   #54
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A cracking day’s birding around S’Albufera in the company of the Mikes - Montier and MCS, and Mrs M too.

16 night herons roosting along the bank opposite the entrance track were a good start, 2 ospreys were over the reedbeds and later one was with a fish from Es Cibollar. We had two flight views of a juvenile little bittern near the mound, a marbled duck flew along the main canal and a moustached warbler was grubbing around reed bases from the Ses Pardes hide. Purple gallinules, red-knobbed coots and avocets were part of the supporting cast.

We moved on to Son Bosc, where a stunning male hen harrier over the cultivated fields caused a measure of jubilation, and a bluethroat from the viewing platform at the Depuradora was likewise celebrated!

At S’Amarodor we had two more bluethroats, a male reed bunting, moustached warbler, water pipit and wood sand. Most surprising was a little ringed plover - most unseasonal!

As we were about to leave at around 5.40 starlings began to appear. Amazing numbers we’re heading for the Depuradora area of the reserve - cloud upon cloud merging and dropping straight in. This continued for 15 - 20 minutes, numbers impossible to count, but one of the most spectacular sights we had ever seen!

As we turned back onto the main road a barn owl was hunting over the roadside fields - a fine ending.

Having dropped Mike McS at the S’Albufera, as we approached the “English Bridge” a spoonbill flew over the road into the reserve.

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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 20:24   #55
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A few photos to add

Brill day.. Thanks Stew and Mike M and Mrs Mike M
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 19:13   #56
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Thank you both, I’m still buzzing from it all. Even Mrs. M said how much she enjoyed it. That’s a first..
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 19:24   #57
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I forgot it was Sunday..cyclists, buses, motorcyclist gangs, cars, people....but Mirador at Formentor and Bocquer Valley still delivered.

Birds seen included: Alpine Accentor, Blue Rock Thrush, Balearic Warblers, Sardinian Warblers, Song Thrush, Booted Eagles, Kestrels, Hoopoe, Black Redstarts.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 20:05   #58
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A good day’s birding with Mike M in the lovely valley behind the monastery at Lluc (only open on Sundays apparently).

A bit of a raptor fest - at one point we had a total of 15 griffon vultures fly past, with what were probably other small groups appearing with some regularity above the ridges around us. We had c10 black vultures, 3 booted eagles (including a fabulous displaying bird swooping and diving and calling), 3 red kites, 2 peregrines, and several kestrels. Ravens were kronking away along the sheer faces.

Along the valley floor we had quite a lot of chaffinches, accompanied by 4+ cirl buntings, black redstarts and loads of robins and song thrushes. 2 grey wagtails were along the stream.

As we approached the end of the walk back up the valley slope we disturbed a redwing, which flew across the track calling. Almost immediately a second redwing flew up from the same place and into the trees, where it perched briefly before disappearing. A great addition to my Mallorca list!

As we left the track two crossbills were perched in a bare tree.

On the drive back through the Tramuntanas to Puerto Pollenca we had more black and griffon vultures and a blue rock thrush.

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Old Monday 14th January 2019, 16:00   #59
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Mrs B accompanied me on a walk down the Bocquer Valley first thing this morning. There seemed to have been an arrival of black redstarts- the field near the roundabout was covered in them, with more along the valley and a real concentration of them at the seaward end. The field also had a skylark flying around.

On the way down the valley, apart from the black redstarts and smaller numbers of robins and song thrushes things were pretty quiet - perhaps because there was a brisk wind blowing down the valley. At the far end where the top of the slope provided some shelter I eventually got some good views of two Balearic warblers. On the way out there were two ravens, two blue rock thrushes and two booted eagles.

After lunch we drove out to Formentor beach, where a search of the pines behind the beach produced several firecrests and a lot of crossbill activity.

I finished the day with a brief drive round the backroads (parking is becoming ever more difficult). The field at the start of the Llenaire road was carpeted with black redstarts, and also produced four more skylarks. A thekla lark was marching down the road just before it reached the bay. At C’an Cuarassa an osprey was perched on a pylon dismembering a fish. At the far end of the C’an Cuarassa track there were three more thekla larks and a singing corn bunting.

On the way back to Puerto Pollenca three sandwich terns were patrolling the shore, and half a dozen shags were on the offshore breakwaters. Two more shags were in the water and an adult Audoin’s gull flew over.

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Old Monday 14th January 2019, 19:55   #60
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A wonderful warm day. A visit to the Salt pans at Ses Salines.
Birds seen included: Booted Eagle (4); Marsh Harrier(3); Red Kites(2); Osprey(2); Kestrels(3); Flamingos(21); Spoonbill; Blackwinged Stilts; Greenshank; Redshank; Dunlin; Little Stint; Kentish Plover; Ringed Plover ( one tagged); Shelducks; Gannets (at Lighthouse Colonia St. Jordi); Black Redstart; Song Thrushes;Skylark; Stonechats; Cattle Egrets; Great White Egrets; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Chiffchaff; Goldfinch; Serins; Water pipits; Hoopoe; Water Rails.

I think that the photo is of the Grey Plover as bill is thick..I leave it to the experts

And the raptor is interesting

Any help?

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Old Monday 14th January 2019, 20:28   #61
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Booted Eagle for me Mike but I have been wrong before...
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Old Yesterday, 12:07   #62
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Arrived yesterday staying for a week in Port de Pollenca. Quiet drive north with only 1 red kite of note. Looked in to La Gola late afternoon; grey heron, little egret, chaffinch, blackbird, mallard, pied wagtail, several black redstarts, Sardinian warbler and house sparrows. In Pollenca bay shag, several yellow legged gulls and a single auduoins gull. Had to go into Pollenca this morning, lots of cattle egret in the fields by the road side. Called in car park at boquer valley on the way back. There are dozens of black redstarts, 60-100 starlings, chaffinch, greenfinch, serine and a warbler I was unsure about; feeding on the ground, looked like a willow warbler with a strong yellow line on bottom primary, similar to the marking on a greenfinch but not as broad. Any ideas!
Clear day tomorrow so heading to Albufera
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Old Yesterday, 15:49   #63
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Spent my last full day before we return to the UK tomorrow with a second visit to S’Albufera. Two greylag geese roosting in front of the new hide at Sa Roca were a surprise. Best bird was a Temminck’s stint from Es Cibollar 1. It was getting some stick from the Kentish plovers and eventually disappeared. Also from Es Cibollar 1 were redshank, spotted redshank and several avocets. Two ospreys flew towards Alcudia and a greenshank was from Es Cibollar II.

I walked down to the observation tower, which was disappointing for wildfowl but two male marsh harriers were sky dancing over seven females - this seemed to upset a passing booted eagle which had a go at one of the males before moving on.

I called at the Albufereta on my way back to Puerto Pollenca. An osprey flew east along the shore line, but a splendid bluethroat from the observation tower was even better!

A great white egret and two sandwich terns were in front of the hide, and another great white egret and a spoonbill were viewable on the main pools from the platform at the east end of the reserve.

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Old Yesterday, 18:54   #64
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A short trip to S’ Amarador.

Bluethroats (2) still showing well behind the dog house.

Birds seen included: Common Snipe, Marsh Harriers(5), Booted Eagles(3), Red Kites, Kestrels, Gadwalls, Red Crested Pochards, Water Rails, Water pipits, Meadow pipits, Stonechats, Serins, Goldfinches, Greenfinch.
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Seen at a bit of a distance from sea front this afternoon at Port de Pollenca looking in direction of Boquer Valley 2 vultures, long fingers and upturned wings suggests griffon?. Also close by a falcon thought to be peregrine, saw it dive a couple of times, not bothered at all by vultures. Back to La Gola late afternoon, still plenty of black redstarts around but otherwise quiet. Going to have a day along the coast tomorrow starting at Depuradora then working back to Pollenca via Albufera and Albufereta
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