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Old Thursday 4th October 2018, 18:51   #1101
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Hi all,
I'm coming to Mallorca this Saturday with my family. Staying at Cala San Vicent for a week. Are the Shearwaters (mainly Balearic) easy to see close by? And where will be the best spot for Bonelli's Eagle?

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Old Thursday 4th October 2018, 19:37   #1102
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Hi Christian. Mortitx is the best place for seeing Bonelli’s eagles. They are seen on nearly every visit.
Balearic shearwaters are just arriving back in the waters around Mallorca. The east coast is by far the best but Formentor will probably deliver.
There is nowhere on the island to see Shearwaters close except by boat. They will be fairly distant. I go to my local lighthouse most days and there are occasions when the birds come in really close. I thought it was because of favorable winds but I have established it isn’t. They come in to feed and when there is a shoal of fish close in, the birds will venture close by. This only happens a couple of times a year so distant views will be more likely.
The only other shearwater regularly in the waters is Scopoli’s which at the moment will outnumber Balearics.
Good luck, do let us know what you see.
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Old Thursday 4th October 2018, 20:21   #1103
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@Mike. Thank you very much for info. I'll be sure to post my sightings here.
And I'll probably ask for help with other species in the week to come ;-) It would be great to end the holiday with a couple of lifers...
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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 08:31   #1104
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Let’s see if we can help you get those couple of lifers. Mike
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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 13:35   #1105
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Hello!
Yesterday one male Lesser Kestrel was seen by Juanjo Bazán in Pla de Lanzell, Vilafranca.
And 2-3 Bluethroat have been seen in the surroundings of the Platform of Sa Barcassa, in s'Albufereta, by Graham Moffat and one Mike (I don't know which Mike, sorry )

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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 15:40   #1106
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Jaja, there are lots of Mikes, not me though, I’m in the UK. Mike M.
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Old Saturday 6th October 2018, 17:41   #1107
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Thanks to Lalo I got the totals for today at the Cap de Ses Salines.
Eleonora’s Falcon: 13
Common Kestrel: 20
Honey Buzzard: 1
Booted Eagle: 34
Marsh Harrier: 4
Hobby: 1
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Old Sunday 7th October 2018, 06:33   #1108
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Went out for a shortish walk on the hillside of Cala San Vicente upon arriving yesterday aftenoon.
The first part through the woods produced a fair amount of Robin and Firecrest. Out in the open Sardinian Warblers were everywhere. Two Ravens were displaying over the hillside. Over the cliffs by the sea a single Eleonora’s Falcon showed off for 10 min. A splendid sighting.
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Old Monday 8th October 2018, 08:00   #1109
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In order to escape the rain yesterday we ended up at Cala Mondragó. The drive down from Cala Sant Vicenç gave some good raptors. 5 Lesser Kestrel, 3 Red Kite, 2 Booted Eagle and 1 Black Vulture. While the family were on the beach I walked the backcountry of Cala Mondragó. A couple of hours gave 1 Peregrine and 1 Red-footed Falcon, 2 Red Kite, 1 Booted Eagle, 3 Raven. Small birds included many Sardinian Warblers, Robins, 3 Crossbill and 1 Zitting Cisticola seen very well.
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 12:27   #1110
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Floods

Thanks to all for updates. Shocking news from the island yesterday. Hope all safe and well and wildlife recovers quickly. M
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 13:58   #1111
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Thanks to all for updates. Shocking news from the island yesterday. Hope all safe and well and wildlife recovers quickly. M
I second that. I've actually experienced similar heavy rain with flash floods and fatalitiesand it's quite shocking. I've also heard that some friends who live on Mallorca are safe, so that was a relief.

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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 17:47   #1112
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I seen the floods on TV this morning.Sad to hear that It has resulted in fatalities.
My thoughts are with everyone on the Island.
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 17:51   #1113
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My thoughts are with all those families back home who have been affected by the severe flooding. Mike
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2018, 21:37   #1114
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46 Booted eagles seen by Javi leaving Mallorca for Africa today, an excellent number.
They circle around the Cap de Ses Salines gaining height all the time before heading off south at tremendous altitude, a wonderful sight. I always wish them luck, they have a long and perilous journey ahead. Mike.
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 09:13   #1115
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Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the floods.
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 09:37   #1116
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Hi all devastating news from the island.
We are flying out later today, for 10 days birding, any up dates on travel would be much appreciated.
Were there any subsequent sightings of the White headed Duck near the airport?
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 10:18   #1117
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The Island is slowly recovering. Many people are out sweeping mud and debris including none other than Rafa Nadal. He was photographed complete with wellies and shovel getting stuck in. What a wonderful role model this guy is, he loves Mallorca and will always pose for photos and have a chat. Amazing man.
Not sure about the White-headed Duck, if anyone knows, could they please update us.
Bassa de Can Guidet is always worth a visit anyway. Mike
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 10:38   #1118
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Were there any subsequent sightings of the White headed Duck near the airport?
Hi,
Last week the white headed duck was still there, at bassa de can Guided, i attach a tile of the Birding Majorca Map, where you can see the way to arrive the place.
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 16:54   #1119
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Ps beckcottagebirder, we are staying in Mirfield near Leeds. Any ideas for birding locally? I have transport. Mike
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 21:10   #1120
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Mike...

This place seldom fails to please

RSPB Fairburn Ings, Newton Ln, Castleford WF10 2BH, UK

I'm out on the Island later next week for 7 days...looking like good Northerlies to help migration :-)
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 21:13   #1121
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Yorks birding.

Hi Mike, my local patch is Swillington Ings/St Aidan's check our web pages SIBG. You can easily spend a day or in the valley. Good luck if you meet any of the regulars mention John Martin, they will help with sittings
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 21:17   #1122
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Thank you for the up date Josep.
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 22:21   #1123
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Thanks both of you for the recommendations for birding locally. I will certainly get to at least one of them and I will let you know.
The UK was at its very best yesterday with a walk down the river Severn near Shrewsbury. The autumn tints looked beautiful and the birding was pretty good too. Very nice to be here for a while. Mike

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Old Friday 12th October 2018, 17:26   #1124
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I've put together some notes from my week on the Island at the end of September.

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Old Friday 12th October 2018, 18:35   #1125
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Great to be back on the Island. First day doing stuff but managed trip around La Gola and along Can Currasa road.
Bumped into John(beckcottage birder) at La Gola. Some 400 common starlings passed over. We both saw the juvenile Night Heron.
Other birds seen included 5 spotless starling, Great and Little Egrets, Purple Heron, Ravens, Common Kestrels, whinchats, fantailed, sardinian and cetti warblers. Several gray wagtails seen.
A great day, hopefully drying out the rest of the island.
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