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Old Monday 19th February 2018, 10:31   #201
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Hello!
Here you have the first La Gola birdlist of this season. 33 different birds have been seen.

https://www.ctolagola.com/birdlist-l...llistat-d-aus/


And just now Steve Nicol has seen a Penduline Tit at s'Amarador (Albufera)

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Old Monday 19th February 2018, 12:43   #202
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And just now Steve Nicol has seen a Penduline Tit at s'Amarador (Albufera)
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Always a good bird to see. It reminds me of a small flock that I saw at s'Albufera many years ago.

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Old Monday 19th February 2018, 17:07   #203
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Three Alpine Accentors were seen yesterday in the Boquer Valley, about three-quarters of the way down on the rocks on the right hand side. Mike
A trip to track down the Alpine Accentors.

Not seen at Bocquer Valley but a visitor had reported seeing one.
Other birds seen included Balearic Warblers and Blue Rock Thrushes.

A visit to the Mirador at Formentor was successful.Two Alpine Accentors very tame.
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Old Tuesday 20th February 2018, 06:32   #204
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Hello!
Here you have the first La Gola birdlist of this season. 33 different birds have been seen.

https://www.ctolagola.com/birdlist-l...llistat-d-aus/


And just now Steve Nicol has seen a Penduline Tit at s'Amarador (Albufera)

Regards,
Cristina.
My first sighting of this species since I've been on the island (+20 years)... 8 birds counted, but I suspect a few more were present.
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Old Wednesday 21st February 2018, 16:58   #205
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Mike and Susan came for breakfast and we then took a cold and wet walk around Mondrago. A nice Grey wagtail was found by Susan near the torrent and fleeting views of a female Goldcrest were had in its usual location. Both these species have been scarce this year. Also Firecrest in the same area and Blackcap.
The Stone Curlews were very vocal but no sign of Cirl buntings or much else come to that.
It was a very pleasant day though despite the weather. Mike
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Old Wednesday 21st February 2018, 17:30   #206
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Thanks to Mike and Jane..the only way to spend a wet and cold day. With good friends, fine conversation and delicious food.

In the Ciutat Jardin, the following birds were seen:
Little Egrets, Cormorants, Shags, Audouin Gulls, 1 Oystercatcher, 7 Turnstones, Kentish Plovers.
Young Yellow legged gull and possible common gull fly past but not sure

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Old Thursday 22nd February 2018, 09:17   #207
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Early morning wet viewing at Ciutat Jardin. Above birds seen without the Common Gull.
Many Audouins Gulls enjoying the rain!
Great views of Sandwich Terns fishing.
Up North again
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Old Friday 23rd February 2018, 19:31   #208
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Wet afternoon in S’Albufera.
The new Hide near Sa Roca is completed but no public access at the moment. The birds are resettling in their numbers in the water area.
Birds seen included Purple Swamphens, Little Stints, Kentish Plovers, Dunlins, Black Winged Stilts, Avocet, Marsh Harriers, Osprey, Lapwings, Various Ducks including Teal, Widgeon,Shoverlers, Shellducks, Gadwalls and 9 Marbled Ducks.
Two Black tailed Godwits also seen.

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Old Saturday 24th February 2018, 16:41   #209
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Farming association critical of Albufera park expansion

Interesting developments

https://majorcadailybulletin.com/new...expansion.html
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Old Saturday 24th February 2018, 18:11   #210
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Not surprising, given that many of the problems that s'Albufera has to cope with are of their making - or at least a major contributing factor!
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Old Saturday 24th February 2018, 19:55   #211
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Good weather up North.
Birds seen around S’Albuferata included: Marsh Harrier, Red Kites, Kestrels, Booted Eagle, Ravens, Flamingos, BlackWinged Stilts, Greenshank, RedShank, Green Sandpiper, Little Egrets and Great Egrets, RL Partridges, Cetti, Fantailed and Sardinia Warblers, Goldfinches and Serins.
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Old Saturday 24th February 2018, 20:02   #212
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A great morning out with Krister in the south.
At Salobrar one Ruff, one Grey Plover, good numbers of Avocet, Lapwing, Shoveler and Shelduck, also Teal, Kentish Plovers, Little stint and Dunlin.
Lots of Marsh Harrier in the air, a few Booted eagles and Red Kite.
At the salt pans of Sant Jordi...nowt.
On the coast at Sant Jordi, 500 Golden Plover on the small island and some Shearwaters close by, all Balearic.
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Philip has seen a Goshawk at Santa Ponsa. Also 10 Booted eagles and 7 Red Kite which he thought may be migrants.
Goshawk is an extreme rarity and I’m not even sure that a record has ever been accepted. I remember a birder seeing one in the Boquer Valley a couple of years ago and a possible Goshawk flew past the tower at Albercutx last spring so my feeling is that they do occur in very small numbers.
If anyone has any sightings or better still, any photos, please post here. Thanks, Mike
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Old Sunday 25th February 2018, 17:34   #214
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Up at the Finca by the entrance to Bocquer Valley this afternoon.
Following up on your comments above Mike, I saw an interesting raptor at 13.30 but failed to get a decent photograph.
Later good views of a peregrine hunting. Other birds seen included Ravens, Red Kite, Booted Eagle, Blue Rockthush.
No sign of alpine accentors or cirl buntings.
Too many ramblers on a Sunday to look for warblers etc.
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Old Monday 26th February 2018, 17:02   #215
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On the way to the Airport today, a peregrine shot infront of the car.
I know there are several peregrines around the cathedral, in the mountains around Port de Pollensa and in other places. I am so pleased to see so many on the island. According to the Record publication the situation looks good.
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A super-rare Purple sandpiper has been found by Maties along the front at Portixol, just east of Palma.
Hopefully, one of the lucky few will post a photograph. I guess with this cold weather, it may stick around for a few days.
This stretch of coastline is always productive with a good variety of gulls and waders found every year, this year being exceptionally fruitful.
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Old Wednesday 28th February 2018, 10:05   #217
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Good morning!

In March the Ornithological Center will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5 pm. And Saturdays from 8am to 2 pm.

Last Monday a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was in torrent de Gommar.

Remember that you can get you Birdwatching Calendar 2018 here in la Gola.

Regards,
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No sign of the Purple sandpiper today that I have heard about, but four Oystercatchers and two Mediterranean gulls were found in the search. Mike
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Visit to Lluc with friends on the Balearic holiday day.
Birds seen included Griffon Vultures(8); Red Kite, Booted Eagles, Crag Martins.
Several Butterflies including Cleoptra and Peacock enjoying the sun
Nice to have a picnic with locals.

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Several Butterflies including Cleoptra and Peacock enjoying the sun
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I'm not aware of any published records of Peacock from the Balearic Islands. I know it's a common European species but I don't suppose you got any photos? Apparently it normally only gets as far south as northern Spain.

Unfortunately, I've just read that it is another species that is released at funerals, etc. (as with the only record of the Monarch butterfly on Mallorca), but I'm not sure if that includes the Balearic Islands.

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Cheers Martin
Damn..no photos..I am sure it was but open to doubt!
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I've just had a look at the distribution map for this species in the Atlas of the Butterflies of the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea & Hesperioidea) and there are a few (15) records from southern Spain - but none from the Balearic Islands.
I'll drop a friend an email to see if he might know of any.
I've also found a blog page that records seeing Peacock butterfly in s'Albufera in November 2002. It's written by someone who worked with us for a short time in the Museum so they should also know what they were looking at. I'll see if I can find an email for him.
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Thanks Martin
I also found the blog from November 2002. This seems to be the only find on theinternet!
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Took friends back to the Airport and a side trip to Cuidad Jardin.
Birds seen on route and by the coast included:
Kestrels (4), Red Kites (3), Booted Eagle, Audouin Gulls(10), Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets (12), Sandwch tern and Common Sandpiper.

No signs of turnstones, oystercatcher and purple sandpiper!

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Hello,
here you have the updated birdlist of la Gola.
https://www.ctolagola.com/birdlist-l...llistat-d-aus/

38 different birds have been seen.

Today, with the water level very very high, a Greenshank was resting in the park.

Regards,
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