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Old Wednesday 31st January 2018, 07:33   #126
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[quote=Mcnswiss2;3669798]Trip up Ternelles Valley

The discussions get heated. But help is at hand.


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Old Wednesday 31st January 2018, 09:07   #127
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Trip up Ternelles Valley
The discussions get heated. But help is at hand.
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The route is a public use and the propierty can't manage this public use, it is a municipality responsability to warantee the pass.

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Old Wednesday 31st January 2018, 11:06   #128
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I would recommend the Collins Guide as an app too. I have it on both my phone and tablet and could not do without them. You can create your own list, it allows side-by-side comparisons and comes with songs and calls as well, for most birds.
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Old Wednesday 31st January 2018, 12:50   #129
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Thanks Patrick. I have it on my iPad and the song and calls are especially helpful.
In Yorkshire it is mostly snowing.
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Old Wednesday 31st January 2018, 13:17   #130
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On the Puffin Trail - Epilogue

[quote=J Bennett;3672407]Hi Swiss Mike,
I saw the same 250 flock of Balearic shearwaters as I had scared them from their roosting rock of Isla Corberana off Colonia Sant Jordi around 1100.

John gave me a great idea for the last morning down South. I will extend the Puffin Search to include spotting John..I think I will have a better chance.
However after calling out Juan to all passerbyes I decided to look for birds instead on the Islands around Sant Jordi, namely Isla Llarga, Illot des cabots and Isla Corberana.

In I hour some 200 Balearic Shearwaters and Cormorants passed through in the background.
Highlights were Little Egrets fighting for possession of the rocks, Audouin Gulls enjoying the sunshine and over 200 Goldern Plovers perfectly content on the islands. A real pleasure to watch their behehavior from a safe distance

Time to return to the North but Sant Jordi area, the Salinas and Caps PortColom and Cap Salinas are such wonderful memories (I leave the Puffin to Mike).
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Long eared Owl and Barn Owl reported at Sa Canova, Artà. When do we expect to hear the first Scops Owl?
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 08:53   #132
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Long eared Owl and Barn Owl reported at Sa Canova, Artà. When do we expect to hear the first Scops Owl?
We listened 3 of them last week at Rafalbeig (Calvià)
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 10:55   #133
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Scops owls call even in winter. Near Mondrago they call on cold clear nights. I have been hearing them occasionally since Christmas. Seeing them is another matter although they do sometimes hunt around the street lamps later in the night. We also have a resident Barn owl that floats past our bedroom window from around midnight. Long-eared owls are not difficult near Mondrago either, they are plentiful and can be seen at dusk emerging from the nearby woods. Mike
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 12:31   #134
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Aus (Birds) of Mallorca

I'm happy to announce to the group that this week we (Maties, Sebastià, Maricarmen and me) have published a new interesting book about the birds of Mallorca.

The book, for now, is only in Catalan and Spanish, but we are already working on the translation into English and German, and we hope to have it soon.

I think we have edited a good book with the 200 most interesting birds in Mallorca (they will be different from the local version, with interesting birds for locals and the English version with interesting birds for visitors).

Of each bird there is a description (of the bird and habitat), as well as a map with the best areas to observe it, and 4 colors zones: resident, migrant, summer and wintering, and 2 tones according to it will be abundant or scarce in the zone.

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Just returned from the Reception area at S’Albufera and saw the book.
Excellent quality and the information and descriptions are first class.
I hope the English Version will follow.
Congratulations to Pep, Maties and all the authors.
Its a must have book for Birders.
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 14:20   #136
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Hi Pep
It looks like another well-produced and interesting publication. Congratulations.
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 14:42   #137
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Congratulations to all the authors, I know it is an excellent book and it looks terrific.
I will buy the Spanish version but I will also need one eventually in English. I’m sure most readers of this thread will wait for the English version.
It’s exactly the kind of publication we have been waiting for, where and when to find birds in Mallorca.
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 15:22   #138
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Thunderstorms on the Island. Managed a visit to S’Albufera between the showers.
A new hide is being built near the reception area/ Sa Roca hide. Should be great when finished but as a result of the construction very few birds seen from Sa Roca. Probably avoid for next week or so.

Water levels quite low and this downpour will help.

Birds seen included BW Stilt, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Purple Swamphen, Kentish Plovers, Marsh Harriers, Little and Great Egrets and the usual warblers and Chiffchaffs. Best of the day were excellent views of Snipe and Redwing(only 1 seen by the Pont de sa Roca)
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 19:57   #139
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A new hide is being built near the reception area/ Sa Roca hide.
Looking at your picture, is that in the corner of the field next to the Sa Roca hide?
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 20:24   #140
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Yes. Where the stone curlews normally roost. Hopefully we should get close of views in the future.

Interesting to note that GOB (Grup Balear d’Ornitologia) have alerted the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on the ecological crisis of S'Albufera, shortage of water, pollution etc.

30 years ago the natural park of S'Albufera de Mallorca was declared as the first protected natural area of the Balearic Islands

Lets hope in the 30th year celebration of the recognition of the park as a protected area that something is done to protect this valuable habitat for our birds.

https://www.gobmallorca.com/

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Old Friday 2nd February 2018, 09:32   #141
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I’m sure most readers of this thread will wait for the English version.

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Add me to that list.Looks fantastic.Well done all Involved.
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Old Friday 2nd February 2018, 21:24   #142
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Albufera Wetlands 10 th February

As part of the World Wetlands Day, a talk will be held at the Albufera about the Flamingos of the Albufereta. 10-1pm, meeting point Sa Marina (Ctra. Alcudia- Puerto Pollensa, MA2220). Call 971 892 250 to book your place.(extract from TOTN)

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Morning visit to Sant Vicenc after yesterdays storms hoping to find something special.
Dispite the sea still being quite rough, very few birds were seen for the first 40 minutes.
Then over the next hour some 200 Balearic Shearwaters seen in the distant. No gannets or other good species were seen.
Other birds seen in the area included Great and Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets,Blue Rockthrush,Serins,Black Redstarts.
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Old Saturday 3rd February 2018, 16:23   #144
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Just had 3 new books arrive at home and looks another one is on the shopping list, congratulations to the authors, great to have local info close at hand.
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Birders have been busy today.
First House Martin seen in Maristany.
102 Greater Flamingos at Albuferata
Brambling at Orient.
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A cold and wet afternoon walk around Mariastany and S’Albuferata.
The two sites complement each other.
Birds seen included: Great Crested and Little Grebe, Red Crested and Common Pochard, Great and Little Egrets, Gadwalls, Pintails, Shellduck, Shoverlers, Black Winged Stilts, Water Rails, Audouins Gulls. Overhead hundreds of Crag Martins flying.
Over 100 Flamingos still happy to be here
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OTC La Gola opened again

Hello!
Since last Friday the Centre of la Gola is open again to the public.
In February is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3 pm.

See you soon!
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Garden Warbler heard also..this seems very early. Any comments Mike?
Hello Mike!
Yes! It was very very early for a Garden Warbler wich is a typical migrant, no wintering here ( as far I know). But in the last months we have had some birds which are not very common around Mallorca, so... :)

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Hello Mike!
Yes! It was very very early for a Garden Warbler wich is a typical migrant, no wintering here ( as far I know). But in the last months we have had some birds which are not very common around Mallorca, so... :)

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Hi Cristina,
Welcome back and thanks for the clarification.
The water levels in LaGola were very low before the rains came the other day
I will call in to see you soon
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The cold weather has brought several winter birds into sight.
Alpine Accentors and Ring Ouzels reported in Puig d'en Galileu, Escorca
Great Photo Pep, want to post them?
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