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Old Wednesday 18th March 2020, 06:47   #226
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We are having a garden bird watch from 14.00 to 18.00 (CET) today inspired by La Gola. Join us and put your list plus any photos on the forum. This is open to all wherever you are. Have fun and Keep Safe.
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Old Wednesday 18th March 2020, 07:08   #227
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I will have a go Mike but I’m guessing I will get single figures.
If I do a seawatch, I will at least get the highest number of birds, hundreds go past at that time.
Good luck to all who enter.
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Old Wednesday 18th March 2020, 14:55   #228
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Lockdown birding 14.00 - 16.00 from my house in Palma

Wood pigeon 1 (new sp. house list)
Hoopoe 1 heard but not seen (new sp. to house list)
Collared Dove
House sparrow
Yellow legged gull
Blackbird 1
Sardinian warbler 1
Kestrel heard but not seen
Domestic pigeon

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Old Wednesday 18th March 2020, 17:15   #229
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Several of us from Mallorca, UK and Switzerland had a fun afternoon with the Bird Locked Down Garden Challenge.
Birds seen across the three countries included:
Alpine Choughs, Black Kites, Red Kites, Booted Eagles, Kestrals, Common Buzzards, Balearic and Scopolis Shearwaters, White Storks, Pheasants, Dunnocks, Black Redstarts, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and for me the star..Bullfinch.

Many thanks to all, especially Geordie Dave for the great contributions and the photos.
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Old Friday 20th March 2020, 15:24   #230
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Hi everyone, unfortunately I missed the Locked Down Garden Challenge, but I have tried to catch up and am happy to say I have spotted an interesting selection including stonechat, linnet, Thekla's lark, robin, little egret, kestrel, booted eagle, house sparrow, Sardinian warbler, various pigeons I didn't bother to identify more closely because I don't like them much, red kite, blackbird, hoopoe. Unfortunately I shall have to forgo the joys of my Mallorcan back yard for a while though because we have booked up to return to Germany because of our concern for Anne's very elderly parents and the worry we might not be able to get out if we delay any longer. So we leave on Sunday with any luck. Apparently flights are still going out. And it only remains to wish you all the very best, stay healthy and I hope to see you fit and well again in the not too distant future.
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Old Friday 20th March 2020, 17:00   #231
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Thank you David, a nice garden list there.
Safe trip home, stay well and we will see you next time.
All the best, Mike
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Old Friday 20th March 2020, 22:29   #232
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Birding in Pollença with Bruc

Good evening,

Thanks to Bruc, my 3 year old border collie, I am allowed to go for a walk and as always we go out 3 times a day. This morning I was very happy to spot my first Common redstart, a beautiful male, in a small public garden in Pollença town itself.

It is amazing the amount of birds that one can see around Pollença town. A few days ago there were 5 Black vultures (I see 1 or 2 more or less every other day from my top terrace). They were together with 3 Booted eagles (2 of them displaying), 5 Ravens and 1 Kesteel mobbing them all. All flying together around the northern side of Puig de Maria.

Obviously all my tours for March and April are cancelled, but being positive this gives me more time for birding from home.

Hope everybody is well despite the current terrible situation. Stay safe.
Saludos from an isolated Mallorca
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Old Saturday 21st March 2020, 09:57   #233
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Thanks Pere.
There is a big garden watch taking place today with local birders covering much of the Island.
So far, good numbers of Marsh Harrier have been logged and one Common Buzzard.
Nobody knows where they are coming into the Island but with these strong easterlies I would assume somewhere near me.
I have only seen migrant Barn Swallows and House Martins though.
More to come I hope.
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Old Saturday 21st March 2020, 18:59   #234
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A total of 30 Marsh harrier was recorded.
Also the Common Buzzard mentioned above, 3 Alpine Swift, Common Swift and House Martin.
Lots of resident species seen too with a record of a Common redstart and a Nightingale.
More tomorrow hopefully although rain is forecast.
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Old Sunday 22nd March 2020, 08:23   #235
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I had 2 Black Redstarts up to 2 days ago, none yesterday but replaced by a female Common Redstart. No Nightingale yet. I still have a Robin. Meadow Pipit and White Wagtail 2 days ago, Song thrushes seem to have left.
Here are some photos taken during the Lockdown.
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Old Sunday 22nd March 2020, 15:26   #236
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Scops

Hi,
Almost everyday this week I heard 3 different Scops owls in Pollença, 1 single in the town center and two more singing in a duet at the slopes of Puig de Maria. Also many Stone-curlews singing and a Barn owl passing by home twice.
I have the impression that because of the lockdown birds are more active or at least more detectable (can you say that?) than usually due to very little noise.

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Old Sunday 22nd March 2020, 16:04   #237
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Hi Pere
That’s great news about the Scops owls. I get many enquiries every year about where to find them, especially as the reliable one at the back of an hotel in Pollença is no longer present.
I know what you mean about the birds, it all seems a bit strange out there but I cant quite say why.
I have spent most of the day watching from the balcony and I have seen many more Booted eagles than normal so I wonder if any of them were migrants.
Lots of Marsh Harrier seen moving through today, Alpine Swift and Common Swift too.
I believe a Common Buzzard was seen too but I will have all sightings later.
I saw a distant falcon coming from the coast, dark, sleek and with a long tail. When I saw white around the cheeks, my thoughts were confirmed. A Hobby. A bit early but that’s what it was. It brightened up an otherwise quiet day for me, the other birders further west and central were having a much better time.
Still, I bet they haven’t seen a Scopoli’s shearwater.
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Old Sunday 22nd March 2020, 16:59   #238
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Managed to photograph the Common Redstart today, also male and female Black Redstart were present.
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Old Sunday 22nd March 2020, 18:44   #239
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Totals for today with kind permission from the Albercutx team and other observers.
37 Marsh Harrier
I Osprey
2 Common Buzzard.
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Red-rumped swallow
4 Alpine Swift
Many House Martins and some common Swift’s too.
I saw an Osprey later in the day here in Portopetro and two Stone curlews flew by.
A very good day overall.
We are locked in here and unable to go out so I feel very happy that I have such an absorbing hobby, goodness knows what I would be doing without it.
I reckon us birders are very fortunate people indeed.
See what tomorrow brings.
All the best to everyone, Mike
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Old Monday 23rd March 2020, 10:20   #240
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It’s been a great morning so far from the Big Garden Birdwatch team, now covering much of the Island.
3 or four Common buzzards have been seen, several Marsh Harrier and a Bonelli’s Eagle.
I have seen more Booted eagles than normal so my guess is that some of them were migrants.
The biggest surprise of them all was a sighting by Steve of a small group of Bee-eaters! Super-early and maybe a few more surprises are in store.
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Old Monday 23rd March 2020, 18:01   #241
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With due credit to the Mallorca Raptor Count, today’s totals:
60 Marsh Harrier
5 Common buzzards
5 Booted eagles
1 Sparrowhawk
6 Bee-eaters
3 Alpine Swift.
It’s been a great experience watching all day from the balcony.
Luckily I have good views all around including the sea and mountains.
Seeing my first Alpine Swift of the year today was as good as it gets.
More tomorrow.
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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 11:55   #242
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With due credit to the Mallorca Raptor Count, today’s totals:
60 Marsh Harrier
5 Common buzzards
5 Booted eagles
1 Sparrowhawk
6 Bee-eaters
3 Alpine Swift.
It’s been a great experience watching all day from the balcony.
Luckily I have good views all around including the sea and mountains.
Seeing my first Alpine Swift of the year today was as good as it gets.
More tomorrow.
Mike
I realise that I´m sitting on wrong place (palma). Must admit that I´m a bit jealous with all birds you see from balcony, garden etc. I would rather be in Sweden where I have much better view see attached photo. Anyway it is always nice to read your reports and photos
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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 12:24   #243
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That’s a nice view!
Lots of action this morning.
Here in the south east, all my sightings are very early, from first light but then they tail off.
I saw two Alpine swifts but then had to go out for essential shopping for my elderly neighbour, and when I returned, two more came through. I reckon I must have missed a few whilst out.
A Marsh Harrier was flying low over fields in alqueria blanca and quite a few Barn Swallows and House Martins went through.
A surprise Great white egret flew past and up the coast.
More later I hope.
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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 15:44   #244
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The winds are now very strong so only the hardy are still looking. I had to come indoors but I did wonder what rarities may have been blown in. The winds have been from the east for a long time now so there must be a few good birds around.
Very frustrating then that we can’t go out looking.
We will see what tomorrow brings.
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Old Wednesday 25th March 2020, 18:23   #245
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A very quiet day balcony birding today.
My first Common Swift just after first light was promising but for the rest of the day I saw nothing.
There was a biting easterly wind and intervals of rain.
The concept of garden and balcony watching has really caught on in a big way and it’s great to see.
As I have said before, “you can’t keep a birder down”.
I can’t wait to leap out of bed tomorrow for another day because you just never know.
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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 08:25   #246
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Today was the first time something happens. Wood pigeon is passing over Palma with flock of 5-30 birds.
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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 12:52   #247
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30 species from my garden in Es Capdella so far, the highlights being a Wryneck and a garden-first Peregrine Falcón. Also a stream of Swallows and Crag Martins and good numbers of Booted Eagles and Red Kites. A Scops Owl has been calling occasionally, but I’m yet to see it.
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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 17:52   #248
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Good to see you're all keeping your spirits up.

Happy birding and hoping the island isn't suffering too much


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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 19:21   #249
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Despite the rain and freezing conditions with snow on the mountains, I managed to see a good passage of House Martins, Common Swift and a few Barn Swallows.
Also a group of six Grey Herons flew up north and I managed to see a Sandwich tern flying up the coast.
Other species were seen around the Island so I will post details when I hear more.
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Old Friday 27th March 2020, 09:46   #250
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Home birdlist

Hello!
hope you are healthy and keep birding. I'm glad we can meet on the forum.

This is my list; birds seen from home since 16th March(scanning all the surroundings, some times with the scope and when I'm not playing with my 3-years-old daugther or doing homework )
1.Mallard
2.Shag
3.Little Egret
4.Night Heron (heard)
5.Yellow-legged Gull
6.Red Kite
7.Booted Eagle
8.Common Kestrel
9.Scop's Owl (heard)
10.Wryneck
11.Woodpigeon
12.Collared Dove
13.Domestic Pigeon
14.Alpine Swift
15.House Martin
16.Crag Martin
17.White Wagtail
18.Blue Rock Thrush
19.Blackbird
20.Robin
21.Black Redstart
22.Sardinian Warbler
23.Blackcap
24.Chiffchaff (heard)
25.House Sparrow
26.Great Tit
27.Blue Tit
28.Chaffinch
29.Goldfinch
30.Serin
31.Crossbill
32.Common Raven
My husband believes he heard a Cuckoo, but only once.

My best wishes!
Cristina
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