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Old Saturday 17th November 2018, 15:07   #1326
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Went to Cap Salines this morning 4 Common Crane, Northern Lapwing, Golden Plover, 6 Whimbrel/ Eurasian Curlew unfortunately from behind, 2 Common greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 female and 1 Juvenil/female), 3 Red kite, 2 Kestrel (1 male and 1 Juv/female)
Visit Bassa de can Guidet on my way back home didn`t see WH Duck but had the sun against me and problems to see whole Bassa - Little Grebe, Black necked Grebe and 1 Cormorant
Just Before Campos an enormous amount of Starlings both side of the road
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Old Saturday 17th November 2018, 18:39   #1327
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Hi Stew. The last White-headed Duck I saw at s’Albufera was about 12 years ago from memory but I can look it up, like many birders of my age, my notes go back to 1971.
I ticked it of course but it was the last bird seen I believe and it was from the re-introduction scheme which proved to be unsuccessful so I guess not really tickable.
The recent bird, seen a few days ago, is an immature so it has been accepted as a wild bird I believe. Whether there are re-introduction schemes elsewhere, I don’t know.
I get lots of requests about where to see the Waxbills but I didn’t realise they were so unpopular. I don’t know why. Do they do damage or just deprive other species of breeding habitat?
Steve, thanks for all the photos, a nice bird to end on. There are two Spoonbills currently at Salobrar de Campos.
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Old Saturday 17th November 2018, 20:52   #1328
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Mirella found and photographed this raptor here in the south today.
I put it on the ID forum.
The general feeling is that it is an escaped falconer’s bird, probably a Gyr x Saker.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks, Mike
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Old Sunday 18th November 2018, 17:45   #1329
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Mike, little is kwown on the effects of the waxbills, but is thougt that could affect the reed bunting, that is declining quite quickly in Mallorca and Spain.
Anyway, as an exotic and probably invasive species, its colonization of different wetlands in the north of the island can never be considered a good new. Caution must prevale.
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Old Sunday 18th November 2018, 18:40   #1330
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Thanks Maties. We have seen invasive or introduced species taking over the habitat of other species in the past which is never good news. I am sad to hear about the decline of the Reed bunting, such delightful birds which I am always happy to see. I do hope this worrying trend can be halted. Mike.
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Old Tuesday 20th November 2018, 17:17   #1331
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I thought a trip around the backroads of the salt pans at Salobrar de Campos would be worthwhile.
Lots of Skylark flocks, always good numbers of Kestrels and Marsh Harrier and then 43 Common Crane came into view. They were feeding happily away near the edge of the marsh so I guess this is a good place to catch up with them.
The polo pitch was devoid of birdlife, maybe because there was work going on nearby, but it used to be a wonderful place for many different species including wagtails, pipits, larks, gulls and Lapwings but for the last couple of years I have seen virtually nothing there.
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Old Tuesday 20th November 2018, 21:48   #1332
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Please find below a link to a bird photographed at can pastillja Mallorca 19th november

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...&theater&ifg=1
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Old Tuesday 20th November 2018, 21:53   #1333
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That link won’t open. I am interested to know what it was! Mike
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 05:11   #1334
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Mike try this it`s a Egret sp Håkan

https://scontent.fmad3-8.fna.fbcdn.n...c1&oe=5C7AFE0A
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 07:56   #1335
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Thanks, that works.
How funny though, it’s the same bird that is being talked about so much at the moment! A friend from Germany took some photos and they are being discussed quite widely.
I will let you know the outcome but the general feeling is some kind of hybrid, possibly garzetta x bulbulcus.
I will post further, Mike
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 09:21   #1336
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Or a Intermediate Egret ??
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 09:28   #1337
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Egret sp was photographed 19 November Can Pastilla. There are some more pictures from the Swedish group
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 11:20   #1338
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Yes, or intermediate egret. Thank you for posting this interesting bird.
I think details have gone off to the Spanish authorities.
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 17:53   #1339
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Here are some pictures of an (the?) Egret I found today in Ciutat Jardi in a group of Little Egrets. The Southerly winds were strong so they had found refuge up a torrent.
The consensus seems to be for an hybrid of Little and Cattle.
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 22:11   #1340
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Thank you Patrick, great photos as usual.
Quite funny really that I was asking on here a few days ago if Cattle and little egrets ever hybridised.
It seems like they do then!
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Old Thursday 22nd November 2018, 08:21   #1341
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Ps. With these southerly winds I was just dreaming of another Moussier’s Redstart. Mike
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Old Thursday 22nd November 2018, 11:05   #1342
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Ps. With these southerly winds I was just dreaming of another Moussier’s Redstart. Mike
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Old Thursday 22nd November 2018, 11:10   #1343
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Hello!
Very quiet at the moment at la Gola, but lots and lots of Black Redstarts, Chiffchaff, Robins and Blackcaps.

Here you can have a look to the birdlist from 1st to 15th NOV.

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

Next Saturday we'll do a birdringing morning at the park.
You are all invited. For more info please contact me.

Best wishes,
Cristina.
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Old Thursday 22nd November 2018, 17:14   #1344
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A red-breasted Merganser in Salobrar this morning.
Also a Bluethroat, Osprey, about 26 Cranes but over 50 were seen later in the day, 200 Flamingoes, lots of more usual waders, including 2 golden plovers.
Tens of thousands of starlings.
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Old Friday 23rd November 2018, 15:26   #1345
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Another visit to Sa barrala today produced a Woodchat shrike. Two days ago there was a male Lesser Kestrel there. All a bit strange but I have some rubbish photos to confirm.
Lots of Cranes in the area still.
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Old Friday 23rd November 2018, 15:30   #1346
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Well out of focus but recognizable. I can’t find any other November records but there may have been. Mike
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Old Friday 23rd November 2018, 15:42   #1347
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Cristina. I think you deserve a quiet period after all the excitement La Gola has produced recently! Mike
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Old Sunday 25th November 2018, 16:17   #1348
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Pep saw an adult male Hen Harrier today at Albufera, I hope he posts a photo of what I believe is one of the most attractive raptors in the world. They are a magnificent sight and very scarce here in winter.
He also saw an Oystercatcher yesterday at a Colonia Sant Jordi.
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Old Sunday 25th November 2018, 19:21   #1349
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Pep saw an adult male Hen Harrier today at Albufera, I hope he posts a photo of what I believe is one of the most attractive raptors in the world. They are a magnificent sight and very scarce here in winter.
He also saw an Oystercatcher yesterday at a Colonia Sant Jordi.
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Yes, but the pictures aren't very good, because the Hen harrier was very far away, anyway i attack the pics, with one very special for me, with Albercutx tower on the background, because the tower is the symbol of our birdwatching group: GORA.
The Oystercatcher was in Colonia Sant Jordi, just besides the street (You can see the gate of entrance from the street) on the salt pains area, with 2 cats!! very close to him (he was a young)
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Old Monday 26th November 2018, 15:30   #1350
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A very windy walk down to the salt pans this morning. About 250 Greater Flamingoes, several hundred Lapwings, a few Marsh harriers but most other birds were sheltering from the weather. Mike
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