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Old Sunday 16th September 2018, 12:05   #976
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Old Sunday 16th September 2018, 13:02   #977
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At the Cap this morning. An early Hobby went through followed by my first Honey Buzzard. Another Hobby, one more Honey Buzzard and a migrant Kestrel left the Island too.
Nearby, Javi saw seven Honey Buzzard together. They circled round, gained height and headed south , typical behavior of migrants when leaving Mallorca.
I will be there early tomorrow if anyone fancies a trip south.
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Old Sunday 16th September 2018, 14:20   #978
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After I left, Javi saw two more Honey Buzzard followed by a group of 21. Also a Black Kite, a Bonelli’s Eagle and an Osprey. Mike
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Old Sunday 16th September 2018, 19:12   #979
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Fairly quiet at Son Real this morning. Highlights were Northern wheatear, Redstart fem., 4 Oystercatchers and 13 Little egrets on the small island. There were also a couple of two tailed pasha butterflies and a Herman’s tortoise.
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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 10:42   #980
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Hi Cristina
Thanks for this piece of information.
In 2012 I started to get specimens of a micromoth that had not been recorded previously from the Balearic Islands. It is called Phyllonorycter millierella and it feeds as a larva within a leaf of Celtis australis, forming a lower surface blister mine (which doesn't harm the tree). I know it is planted in Mallorca but I've only seen one or two trees.
I will have to make a trip to Mortitx to see if I can find the leafmines.
Another good reason to return to the island!
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Hello Martin!
This is very interesting! I know some more places where you can find Celtis australis. I have always seen this tree next to some big old Mallorcan houses. And planted as an ornamenthal tree in some streets, for example in the Port de Sóller.
Contact me when you come back to Mallorca.
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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 10:53   #981
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Looks like a fine adult male Pallid Harrier was seen and photographed on the road down to the Cap de Ses Salines this morning. More details to follow.
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Hello,
here you have the photo of the Pallid Harrier by Nigel Smallbones.
Was sitting on that branches preening and having a look to the fields, so, from the car we could enjoy it. After five or six minuts it flew away. It was in a field on the right hand side, before arriving to the "Passage 1".
It was great!!
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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 14:27   #982
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Certainly a beautiful bird Cristina, thanks. I have looked for it every day but it must have gone.

I arrived at the Cap a bit later than planned and Kevin and Steve already had the Rock sparrows staked out at passage 5. Lovely birds and quite rare too. They saw a large flock of more than 20 birds.
A dribble of Honey buzzards came through, about one per hour so not like yesterday.
One Bee-eater and two Bonelli’s eagles were good to watch.
Thanks guys for your company, it was great fun. Mike
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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 15:31   #983
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Coffee-talks at the Bird Centre La Gola

Hello!
Next Saturday 22th we start again the coffee-talks at la Gola.
Barn Owl, Balearic Warbler, Red Kite and one to be confirmed, are the birds we will talk about this autumn.
Look forward seeing you there

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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 17:54   #984
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Good evening all. Arrived at the hotel Lagotel over looking the albufera marsh again, top floor.
Bird list so far
Dark eleonora's falcon, osprey, purple heron, marble teal, swifts, audouins gull, glossy Ibis, stone Curlew, usual waders and ducks. Few thousands swallows with some sandmartins.
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Very enjoyable hours with Mike and Kevin, you pair should be on stage, Adults only I might add,
Cheers, welcome back Craig.
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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 18:38   #986
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One of these days I will catch up with you all. 😉

QUOTE=s.g.;3764701]Very enjoyable hours with Mike and Kevin, you pair should be on stage, Adults only I might add,
Cheers, welcome back Craig.
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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 20:18   #987
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Thanks Steve.
Welcome Craig, I hope you see some great birds.
All the best, Mike
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Old Tuesday 18th September 2018, 09:53   #988
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2 Spoonbill and a kingfisher to add to the list. 9 marble teal today.

QUOTE=eagle33;3764687]Good evening all. Arrived at the hotel Lagotel over looking the albufera marsh again, top floor.
Bird list so far
Dark eleonora's falcon, osprey, purple heron, marble teal, swifts, audouins gull, glossy Ibis, stone Curlew, usual waders and ducks. Few thousands swallows with some sandmartins.
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Old Tuesday 18th September 2018, 13:45   #989
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Hi Mike

If you are interested, there are a few Mallorcan moth photos here:
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread...07#post3765007
with identifications by me (and others).

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Old Tuesday 18th September 2018, 15:51   #990
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Excellent Martin, thanks.
Good meeting Graham at passage 5 this morning, I’m very glad some visitors have made it to the south. No sign of any Rock sparrows but possibly some heard. I still say early mornings are best despite people reporting sightings later in the day.
I saw a Common Buzzard near the entrance to the coast road, a nice adult bird and pretty scarce in Mallorca.
A few small groups of Bee-eaters were heard but not many were seen.
A short visit today, hopefully I will be able to get there a few more times but my wife returns tonight so maybe not. Mike
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Old Tuesday 18th September 2018, 19:52   #991
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Hello, finally going through my pics from my Mallorca trip this summer. I got stuck on this strange looking heron from S'Albufera. Huge yellow bill, looks mostly like Squacco to me, but still not?

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Old Tuesday 18th September 2018, 23:03   #992
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Tour to sa Dragonera island - Thursday 20th Sep

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This Thursday the 20th we organize a tour to sa Dragonera island Natural Park and we still have some places left. I thought that maybe some of you might be interested to join. Dragonera hosts the largest colony of Eleonora's falcon in the Balearic islands. Other remarkable species are Balearic warbler, Scopoli's and Balearic shearwater. This time of the year Sa Dragonera is a major stopover for many migrant birds in the journey to their wintering grounds and it is also home to the endemic Lilford's wall lizard, one of the most interesting non-bird species of the islands. If you are interested in enjoying sa Dragonera contact us on [email protected].
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A few pics in the next few posta from Punta De n'Amer, Aug 6th to 18th this year.
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Punta De n'Amer.
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Punta De n'Amer 3.
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A few non-avian highlights, Punta De n'Amer.
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Last ones , a few more non-avian highlights, Punta De n'Amer.
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This Thursday the 20th we organize a tour to sa Dragonera island Natural Park and we still have some places left. I thought that maybe some of you might be interested to join. Dragonera hosts the largest colony of Eleonora's falcon in the Balearic islands. Other remarkable species are Balearic warbler, Scopoli's and Balearic shearwater. This time of the year Sa Dragonera is a major stopover for many migrant birds in the journey to their wintering grounds and it is also home to the endemic Lilford's wall lizard, one of the most interesting non-bird species of the islands. If you are interested in enjoying sa Dragonera contact us on [email protected]allorcanaturaltours.com.
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I wish I could be there. It's a great place - and not just for birds.
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A few non-avian highlights, Punta De n'Amer.
#1 the spider, is Argiope lobata - quite a spectacular beast.
#3 is a male Wall Brown butterfly
#5 one of the paper wasps, probably a Polistes sp. (there are two on the island)
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Thanks pp53, always good to know what is being seen and not just the birds. Now is the time for these spectacular spiders, I’ve seen quite a few.
I was having a very nice time at the Cap this morning until a huge storm came and spoilt the party. Three Honey buzzards and a couple of Bonelli’s eagles provided good watching up to that point.
Graham was there before me and he enjoyed watching good numbers of Rock sparrows including some juvenile birds.
Graham believes that as soon as the traffic becomes heavier, the birds begin moving back from the road. This seems to fit perfectly because the only time I have seen them well has been early morning. They do show later but only in ones and twos whereas earlier, over twenty birds can be seen feeding together. Mike
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