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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 19:10   #1251
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Kevin and I had 4 hours in the hide at Son Real this morning in the rain and saw a blackbird. It brightened up briefly and we saw 2 robins and a grey wagtail. It’s just as well that the banter was good as always!!
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 16:26   #1252
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Another afternoon seawatch in the south-east produced very little. Three distant Gannet had me scrutinising them more than normal.
A handful of Balearic shearwaters were also far out to sea but a pair of Black Redstart on the rocks nearby kept me happily entertained.
Other news today: Maties reported a Fieldfare from Albufera and Dani saw a Wheatear. As it is so late, I suspect it could be a rare species of Wheatear which often appear later in the year.
I will post any news I get.
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 16:47   #1253
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A Yellowhammer has been seen and photographed at Lluc, a very scarce bird indeed here in Mallorca.
Maties also reported a Rock Pipit from La Gola, even rarer!
Quite a lot of action for December.
There have been some violent storms this week which always livens things up on this relatively small Island.
I bet there are a few more good birds out there.
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 21:51   #1254
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After the miserable weather yesterday it was good to be out in the sun again today. Kevin and I went to Albercutx at Formentor and saw Balearic warbler and blue rock thrush before an alpine accentor canexwithin 6 feet of us feeding on the ground. We went on to Mortix and saw firecrest, dozens off black redstart and 10 vultures in the air together with definite sightings of both black and griffon. A single Bonellis eagle rounded off an excellent day
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 23:06   #1255
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Alpine accentor from earlier
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Old Friday 6th December 2019, 14:14   #1256
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Nice one David.
A group walk this morning was very pleasant now that the warm weather has returned, 21 degrees today.
A Mistle Thrush started the day well followed by three Red Kite and three Booted Eagle.
I was stunned to log 12 Plain tiger butterflies, what a year it has been for this species.
The Rock Pipit is still showing today from near La Gola.
Maties, Carlos and Pep have seen Redwing, Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare and Brambling at Sa Coma den Vidal, all scarce species here.
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Old Friday 6th December 2019, 19:21   #1257
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Spent late morning and all of a sunny afternoon at Albufereta joined later on by Kevin and then Pep. Over 100 flamingo on main ponds with red crested pochard, great crested grebe and 3 great white heron. A bluethroat showed in the bush below the platform. A few cettis and fan tailed warblers and lots of chiffchaff about. 20 stone curlew flew low and close to the platform and put up another 10 in the next field. Firecrest and goldcrest in the woods with 10 red legged partridge and a hoopoe just over the wall. 20 cormorant on Sa Barcassa pond, 8 greenshank, lots of stilts a single curlew sandpiper and a sandwich tern completed the show. Off to the Salt Pans tomorrow, lets hope the good weather stays around
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Old Saturday 7th December 2019, 19:32   #1258
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Geordie Dave and I joined Mike at the salt pans this morning. Dave wanted to test drive his new wellies and the very flooded Eddies track gave him a perfect opportunity. The first birds seen were a pair of Thekla larks in the left hand field. The first wet area held 10 Flamingos but before we reached the end of the track we saw well over 100.
Stopping at the refuge we scanned the track dividing the pans and were rewarded with good views of at least 3 Bluethroats. Also there, Stonechat, Sardinian warbler and lots of Chiffchaff. Moving further along we had Spoonbill, Great and Little egrets, Grey heron and Black winged stilt. At the end of the track we stopped for lunch (Mike supplied the pies again).
The water either side of the track was far too deep to hold any waders but at the end there was a shallow patch which held Curlew, Greenshank and Redshank.
All along the track there were good views of Marsh harriers and on the walk back 30 + Kentish plover flew across in front of us. Lots of Lapwing and a couple of Hoopoe were also seen here.
Later we moved on to the Es Trenc road. Here we saw Temminck’s and Little stint, Little and Kentish plover, Ruff, Greenshank, Redshank and Red kite.
Great day. Great company. These are the days!
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Old Saturday 7th December 2019, 20:58   #1259
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Thanks Kevin, it was a very enjoyable and fun day with good birds and lots of laughs, as always.
On the way home I drove down the approach road to the lighthouse at Cap de Ses Salines and there I saw fields full of Starlings.
When they took to the air I tried to estimate the number which is of course very difficult but it certainly exceeded 100,000 birds.
Quite spectacular and the noise was incredible. One of the best birding experiences on the Island in my opinion. Even more impressive than David’s new wellies.
Safe trip back and have a good Christmas both of you, see you in the New Year.
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Old Sunday 8th December 2019, 14:20   #1260
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Just a note about yesterday. The mosquitoes at the salt pans yesterday were voracious and every exposed bit of me is covered in very itchy bites. I think David got ravaged too.
Another beautiful day today so I thought I would try a morning seawatch as opposed to my usual evening slot.
The sea was calm and there was very little movement, save for a few loafing gulls and four Balearic shearwaters. Pretty paltry but it does mean that I have seen at least one bird in every month of this year, as the late Graham Hearl suggested.
Three dolphins breached the surface regularly and the pine trees on the way still held good numbers of Goldcrest.
A Mandarin Duck has been seen at Albufera but I guess it will be of questionable provenance.
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Old Sunday 8th December 2019, 15:31   #1261
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Just a note about yesterday. The mosquitoes at the salt pans yesterday were voracious and every exposed bit of me is covered in very itchy bites. I think David got ravaged too.
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An interesting comment, Mike. I had no idea that they would be active at this time of year. I think the last few years has seen a big increase in the numbers and effects of the mozzies. During my last two visits (now 3 years ago!) someone was doing some research on them but I'm not aware of any results.

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Old Sunday 8th December 2019, 20:39   #1262
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Hi Martin. I did think about you as I smacked yet another blood-filled little monster off my exposed hands and face.
Some German visitors were complaining about them too and poor David looked worse than me.
They were most definitely mosquitoes, we could see them on our skin and heard them all around.
I remember you saying that they probably were not active at this time of the year so I don’t know what’s going on, just to say that they were extremely active. I wish they weren’t though..
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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 11:49   #1263
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Anyone know the score with the 2020 calendar?

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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 14:49   #1264
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Hi Martin. I did think about you as I smacked yet another blood-filled little monster off my exposed hands and face.
Some German visitors were complaining about them too and poor David looked worse than me.
They were most definitely mosquitoes, we could see them on our skin and heard them all around.
I remember you saying that they probably were not active at this time of the year so I don’t know what’s going on, just to say that they were extremely active. I wish they weren’t though..
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I've been reading quite a lot of complaints, especially from tourists, about them over the past year or two. I think the irrigation of land around tourist villas/apartments, etc., is probably playing a part - providing lots of standing water where they can breed. Apart from the research I mentioned there's also a thought that some of their 'natural' predators are in decline (e.g. certain species of fish) - resulting in larger numbers than usual reaching maturity. They've even become more of an issue for the staff in places like s'Albufera.
The other probelm is that I've not been there to feed them o they've had to rely on others for a source of blood (I'm a mosquito magnet!!).
However, I wouldn't want to see the wholesale spraying of water bodies, etc., with pesticides as this is not the answer.
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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 14:58   #1265
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Hi a belated post from our mid October visit to the Island.
Fantastic endless sunshine for the whole stay was not expected so late into the year and the island still very busy tourist wise was also a surprise.
Not a full on birding holiday and more of a laid back poolside job with all my birding done early morning and the odd mooch locally of an evening.
Stayed in a Villa along by the Saint Jordi stream which did mean plenty of biting insects for our stay but well worth it i thought.
Birding from the gardens alone was fantastic with an amazing raptor count of eight which were Black Vulture,Eleonora's Falcon,Red Kite,Osprey,Kestrel,Booted Eagle,Peregrine Falcon and Marsh Harrier.
My morning alarm clock was the call of Stone Curlews which were very vocal for the whole stay at dusk and dawn.
Birds also seen from garden and in garden were Stonechat,Sardinian Warbler,Willow Warbler,Cettis Warbler,Hoopoe,Serin,Redstart with flyover Flamingo,Stone Curlew,Night Heron,Little and Great Egret ,Grey Heron and various wildfowl.
The field next door held about 8-10 feeding Cattle Egret most evenings too.
A Wryneck was calling close by most days but frustratingly i never did manage to steal a look at it.
It was great to eventually meet up with Pere & Emma (mallorcanaturaltours) and spend the best part of the day in the spectacular Ternelles Valley,a great days birding was had with great company and plenty of good craic along the way,top views of Vultures with supporting cast of Redstarts,Wheatears,Cirl Buntings,Booted Eagles and Cross-bill to name a few.
We had plenty of evening visits from Preying Mantis which were attracted by the outside lighting but sadly the local cat population picked them off one by one with some pretty impressive standing leaps to catch them mid air.
Had about four early morning visits to S'Albufera ,big numbers of wildfowl present but water levels a tad high for the waders,Osprey present on all of my visits plus Glossy Ibis and my best views to date of Moustached Warbler with a family group seen on two of my visits there.
An early morning look along the Sillot track to check out the pools there gave great views of a massive Starling murmeration but as i watched it overhead birds started dropping at my feet due to them flying into the power lines which run the length of the track there,i counted 10 dead birds on my walk back in better light.
We eventually made our first visit to Dragonara Island mainly to get some views of the Eleonoras Falcon and they did not disappoint,some very nice views of both adult and young birds plus the odd migrant thrown in.The only downside being the Monday Morning rush hour traffic around Palma to get to Sant Elm for the first boat out there ,plus the long hot drive back but needless to say i shall hopefully be back for more in the years to come.
Next visit out to Mallorca will be in April for my 60th birthday bash so looking forward to that.
In the meantime Seasons Greetings To All and i hope the Biting Mozzies calm down soon.

Cheers

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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 15:12   #1266
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Moustached Warbler shots S'Albufera Oct 2019
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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 15:33   #1267
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Hi Stew
I made some enquiries yesterday by coincidence.
I will hopefully have an answer soon and will post any news I get here.
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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 15:39   #1268
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Thanks Bob for posting, great photos as always.
Some nice evocative birding moments for you, Mallorca can be spectacular as you already know.
Seasons greetings to you too Bob, hopefully we will meet up one day!
All the best, Mike
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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 17:19   #1269
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Superb photos Bob.Well Done.
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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 18:29   #1270
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Some pics from last week. Hen harrier from Albufera, Alpine accentor from Albercutx, Great egret at Albufereta. 10 Glossy ibis at Depuradura and Ring ouzel from Cura.
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I made some enquiries yesterday by coincidence.
I will hopefully have an answer soon and will post any news I get here.
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Thanks Mike

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Old Thursday 12th December 2019, 12:57   #1272
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Just returned back to Newcastle with Lisa from my latest trip to Mallorca, my 8th of the year. It has been a memorable year for us as we have recently bought a property in Port de Pollenca and we have lots to look forward to in 2020. We have met some lovely people on our visits and made what I hope are new friends for many years to come. Visits have been spread throughout the year from early January onwards and the only time we have not been out has been July and August. We are gradually getting to know the island better and we are especially grateful to those that share knowledge and advice on sites to visit. I have a fairly respectable (?) 180 birds for the year; not enough to trouble the scorers in the Big Year but something I have really enjoyed compiling and an interesting challenge for next year. Lots of highlights, including Nightjar at S'Illot with Steve G and Kevin, the male hen harrier at Albufera and the million+ starlings at Depuradora. But above all it has been the companionship and the laughs that I will remember; whether that means 4 hours in a hide to see a blackbird at Son Real, 6 hours at the tower at Albercutx to see only 4 raptors or getting bitten all over at the Salt Pans its being out with like minded people that really matters!! Many thanks to the birders I have met from all over Europe that have stopped for a chat and to share news of latest sightings, to the Mallorcan birders for their friendship at Albercutx and for their continuing conservation efforts, to Steve G, to Kevin H, to Mike Swiss and of course to Mike Montier for the pies and for keeping the forum alive. Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and 2020. I look forward to returning in January
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It was great sharing some of those times with you David.
The Starling roost at Albufera tonight was staggering.
Son Real was good too with Hawfinch, many Crossbills and a possible Siskin, I only have a few poor photos.
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Mike hopefully meet up next April as I think we will be visiting Albercutx Tower on a few occasions.
Must try and meet up with Clive again too.

Thanks Ian hope you have a goodun up in Aberdeen.I spent a few great Hogmanay,s there when I used to work on the DSV vessels back in the 80s 90s.

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Thanks Ian hope you have a goodun up in Aberdeen.I spent a few great Hogmanay,s there when I used to work on the DSV vessels back in the 80s 90s.

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So Bob, are you to blame for all those vessel horns going off at midnight on Hogmany down at the Harbour ?
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