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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 08:32   #651
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Yesterday evening we went for a short visit to S’ Albuferata (South) as well as the Mirador and Beach at Formentor( I would never consider this during a normal summer here!). Not so many tourists here, but also not that many birds.
At the new hide in S’Albuferata many young kentish plovers seen, as well as Blackwinged Stilts, Corn buntings, Purple Herons, linnets, Common Sandpiper, Common terns, several Stone Curlews as well as fan tailed warblers and Sardinian warblers.
Apart from Common Swifts, Ravens, and yellow legged gulls, no other birds seen at the Mirador. I was hoping for Elanoras Falcons!
Surprisingly Two Scops Owls were calling around 19.00 near the car park by Formentor Beach.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 17:57   #652
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The salt pans of Salobrar de Campos were entertaining this morning.
Greater Flamingoes have increased from 120 to over 180. A monster Black vulture flew over and put them all up thus enabling an accurate count.
Still lots of Avocets including their young, Shelduck and Black-winged stilts completed the picture on this sweltering hot day.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 17:58   #653
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Susana Spotted two Honey Buzzard today on the Island, unusual for July.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 18:15   #654
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A few of the Greater Flamingoes at Salobrar de Campos today.
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Old Thursday 9th July 2020, 21:07   #655
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Evening walk around La Gola. The centre is still closed. Any news Christina concerning the opening?

This centre is so important for the Tourists and for the local youngsters, providing valuable insights into the wonderful nature on the island.
In addition,several specialities such as Common Rosefinch and Red flanked Bluetail have been discovered by the specialist staff and many superb presentations on birdlife have been given by guest presenters.

Birds seen tonight included many Housemartins, Barn Swallows, Spotted Flycatchers, Sardinian Warblers, Blackcaps, Serins, Goldfinches, Yellow legged Gulls.

I hope the Centre opens soon!
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Old Friday 10th July 2020, 07:05   #656
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hello all - it seems that this will be the first year for quite a few that I don't get to visit and bird Northern Mallorca, so just wanted to say thanks all (esp Mike) for keeping this thread going as it makes me feel very connected to what is going on...I can almost see all the sites. That said, birding around home (Dorset) has had some compensations as the main excitement around here is an apparent Yelkouan Shearwater with a flock of around 70 Balearics off Portland Bill. Watching these yesterday was almost like being in the Med (apart from the keen wind and drizzle). Keep it going and see you in 2021!
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Old Friday 10th July 2020, 07:35   #657
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hello all - it seems that this will be the first year for quite a few that I don't get to visit and bird Northern Mallorca, so just wanted to say thanks all (esp Mike) for keeping this thread going as it makes me feel very connected to what is going on...I can almost see all the sites. Keep it going and see you in 2021!
May I second what Chris says.
This Is the first year In the last nine years,that I shall not be visiting the Island and I am normally In Puerto Pollensa at this time of year.It Is great to read up on what Mike and other birders are seeing.God willing,I shall be back In 2021 and my love affair with Mallorca shall resume again.
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Old Friday 10th July 2020, 12:31   #658
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An early morning visit to Lluc. Again, this is a trip I would not do at this time of the year due to large number of tourists and cyclists. However this year is special; few people venturing out.
The cafes are open and they serve the best Almond cake in the Island!
Very quiet for birds; only a few distant views of Black Vultures and no Griffon Vultures seen.
Other birds seen included Booted Eagles, Kestrels, Ravens, Common Swifts, Crag Martins, Firecrests, and so many Spotted Flycatchers.
The most interesting views were of three young Crag Martins being fed by their parents.

Recent news has arrived that Face Masks have to be worn outdoors from Monday (with a few excemptions)
https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com...balearics.html

Sigh!
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Old Saturday 11th July 2020, 15:20   #659
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Meeting up with Mike and Susan at Porto Colom this morning was as much fun as it always is.
Starting with coffee in the car park, we ventured up the path to s’Algar, not expecting to see too much at this time of the year.
Three common Kestrel were around, lots of Linnets but no sign of any Balearic or Dartford warblers, just Sardinian.
On the sea, quite a few Scopoli’s shearwaters drifted up-wind really close in. Such a delight to see them so near. Some Pallid swift entered the caves nearby giving wonderful views.
Only a couple of new birds for Mike’s year list, he like many of us, missed out on spring migration and he is now playing catch-up.
The heat became intense so we repaired to a local bar for refreshments. We watched the boats bobbing up and down in the port and all was well with the world.
Great seeing you both again Mike, see you next time.
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Old Saturday 11th July 2020, 15:53   #660
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Thanks Mike and Jane. Best views I have ever had of Scopoli’s and Pallid Swifts. Awesome. (And good views of Tawny Pipits)
After we left you we headed back north, via Castell de Santueri, Petra and the White Plains.
The drive up to the Castell was amazing. The castle was closed and no other cars in the Car park. This is a Saturday in July?
Many Crag Martins, Ravens, 2 Red Kites, Kestrel and a Booted Eagle showed well, however where was the target bird? Then 3 Alpine Swifts came into view!
On the way back several Kestrels, Cattle Egrets, Ravens etc were seen but I am still thinking about the great views of the target birds.
Many thanks again
There were some wonderful plants seen including flowering agave
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Old Sunday 12th July 2020, 15:08   #661
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Early Sunday Morning visit to S’Albufera. Few people around. All hides open but restricted to 3 people at a time.
Very hot in the park, and the number of birds were low, however there were several highlights.
An amazing Roost of Cattle Egrets, Little Egrets and Great Egrets. The noise was deafening!
In addition, 41 Glossy Ibis were enjoying the good weather.

Other birds seen included: Night Herons, Purple Herons, Marsh Harriers, Nightingale, Cetti Warblers, Fan tailed Warblers, Great Reed Warblers, Purple Swamphen, WaterRails, Red knobbed Coots, Blackwinged Stilt, Common Tern, Stone Curlew, and Spotted Flycatcher (Of Course).
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Old Sunday 12th July 2020, 21:26   #662
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It's great to hear you've made it to the island Swiss Mike!

I've just arrived in New Zealand now after the surreal experience of crossing the world from Mallorca during the middle of the pandemic. I've got two weeks in a managed quarantine facility now, so I'm looking forward to following the sightings in Mallorca! So far I've only seen House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Blackbird and Common Starling here, I feel like I'm in my Mallorcan garden in winter, minus the Vultures

Thanks to everyone from the Mallorcan birding community (especially Josep and Mike) for all your advice about where to find some of the Mallorcan specialities over the past few months! And for some great mornings at Albercutx. I can't wait to be back as soon as I can and I'm looking forward to hearing about what birds get found (perhaps with some envy ) as autumn migration approaches!
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Old Monday 13th July 2020, 16:04   #663
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Hi Gregor
Glad you made it back home safely.
Lockdown here in Mallorca was a time we will never forget that’s for sure and I know your name will be mentioned many times in the future, you were a big part of the birding scene here during that time.
Keep safe and stay in touch!
Next time you are over we will arrange to meet.
All the best, Mike
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Old Monday 13th July 2020, 16:09   #664
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Lots of fun and laughter up in the mountains today with Mike, Jane and Philip at Cúber reservoir.
Many interesting things to see, vultures, frogs, Dragonflies and very few people.
Mike has some photos which I hope he posts.
The sense of freedom up there was amazing, we are still feeling somewhat restricted by the use of masks the whole time but it really is essential and I applaud Spain for the way they have handled the whole situation.
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Old Monday 13th July 2020, 19:47   #665
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Thanks Guys. Excellent visit.
Just read in the Mallorca Bulletin that you do NOT have to wear masks in the countryside!
Why did you not read this earler??
Not great photos today, I was just in awe of the mountain scenery!
No sign of the Rufous Rock Thrush nor Moltoni’s Warbler.
A total of 3 Black Vultures and 5 Griffon Vultures (including a strange white coloured one)were seen.
Other birds seen included Spotted Flycatchers, Ravens, Red and Black Kites, Booted Eagles, Crag Martins, Cirl Bunting, Corn Bunting, and Firecrest.
A great trip with good friends. Excellent Cake Phil!
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Early morning local visits to Bocquer Valley and Calla San Vincente.
Very Quiet for birds but pleasant walks.
Birds seen included: Booted Eagles, Ravens, Kestrels, Marsh Harrier, Crag Martins, Common Swifts, Blue Rock Thrush, Serins, Goldfinches, Spotted Flycatchers, Sardinian Warbler and Balearic Warbler (heard).
The best experience was a Peregrine hunting some 2 Metres above us in Bocquer Valley. The bird then headed for its nest and the sound of a young family were heard.
Time was made for Coffee and Cake at the Llenaire Hotel.
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Arrived back from Newcastle at lunchtime today. Flight almost full but airport very quiet. Arrivals at Palma was very quick and efficient. Having submitted the online form 48 hours before travelling and obtaining QR registration made it very easy at this end. I’ve never been in Mallorca in July before and It is interesting see how they are dealing with things. Port De Pollenca quiet but plenty of places open. Roads are very quiet and precious few cyclists around means it should be easy to travel around the island. I haven’t been back since Lockdown started in mid March and don’t expect to see big numbers of birds, all the same it is good to be back. Planning on early starts for most of the next fortnight and looking forward to catching up with some birding friends. It was good to see Mike Swiss and Susan tonight and to spend a couple of hours at the beach bars before they head home tomorrow. Here’s to an interesting 2 weeks
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Last Morning visit to the fields around Campanet.
Birds seen included Booted Eagle, Ravens, Stonechats, Cattle Egrets( should be called sheep Egrets), Swifts, Barn Swallows, Sardinian Warblers, Black caps, Cirl Buntings, and my first Woodchat Shrike of the year.
Time for reflection in the Coves Cafe with a good strong coffee.
Great time to revisit; to see old friends and enjoy the Island warmth again.
In one week I saw around 80 bird species, and around 10 species of butterflies.
My bird of the trip was.........The Spotted Flycatcher!
Every morning the bird was singing and calling outside my window, and watching them feed their youngsters was a great pleasure.
Thanks to all for keeping the forum and nature going.
Keep Safe. See you soon.
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