Great photos Clive.
A trip to the same place for me tonight frustratingly saw a crake fly up from the footpath as I turned the corner, I don’t know what it was but it looked good.
Disappointingly, nearly all the Starlings have departed.
Nice views of Moustached Warbler, Tree sparrow and Kevin saw the Waxbills. Green Sandpiper, Water pipit and loads of Marsh Harrier.
Two Common Crane flew over on the way home near Can Picafort.
Good to see you again Kevin.
Morning walk around la Gola, 8.45 - 9.30, produced Black headed gull, Yellow legged gull, Mallard, Moorhen, Little egret, Cattle egret, Grey heron, Fan tailed warbler, Sardinian warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Great tit, Wood pigeon, Collared dove, Cormorant, Common Snipe, Common sandpiper, Blackbird, Starling, House sparrow, Robin, Black redstart, Kingfisher, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Meadow pipit and Hoopoe.
The link to the Balearic Bird Report for 2017 published by GOB has arrived!! I've only had time for a brief look so far but what a fantastic publication. At 230 pages it includes rarities reports, a full listing of what has been seen where and when together with some beautiful photographs. It also has some interesting other bird related articles and a record of cetaceans seen around the Mediterranean. If you haven't done so yet please consider making a donation to this worthwhile organisation and obtaining your own copy. Type GOB Bird Report 2017 into google and make €5 donation. That's my Christmas reading sorted out while I plan next years visits Many thanks to Steve Nicoll and Mike Montier for getting this to me.
The 2017 report is another quality publication.
Appreciate the time & effort that everyone puts into it.
Make a £10 paypal donation every month, but there didn't seem to be an easy way to become an actual member, or did i miss something on the website.
A really nice walk up to the Castillo de Santueri, Felanitx, in glorious weather. At least twenty Crag Martins engaged in aerobatics, no doubt pairing up for spring. Great to watch at very close range but getting photos is another matter.
Also Blue Rock thrush and a few Booted eagles including one very dark individual.
Back to the UK in a few days where it may not be quite so sunny.
A quick drive around the back of the salt pans revealed 60 Common Crane feeding in the fields so they are still in the area for now.
Back to the UK tomorrow but at least I am going to Leighton Moss on the 27th.
It would be nice to see you there Kevin, or anyone else, if you can make it, late morning though, I have to visit the mother-in-law first. When I first met her 50 years ago I said she would get to 100 and it looks like I was right.
Thank you Stew, it’s a great pleasure keeping the Mallorca thread as up-to-date as I can. I have grown to love the Island more and more with each passing year, there are some brilliant places to go birding.
I have met many visiting birders and all have been great fun to be out in the field with. This makes the task of keeping the information going so worthwhile. I have also learnt a lot from all visitors which in turn has enriched my birding experiences.
Happy Christmas to all and I look forward to meeting many of you again in the coming year.
Ps it’s flaming cold here in Yorkshire, I have definitely gone soft since living in the sun.
All the best, Mike
Statistics are in for the autumn migration watch at the Cap de Ses Salines:
Way out in front was the Booted Eagle with 222 examples all leaving the Island for Africa.
In second place was the Common Kestrel with 95 examples observed.
Honey Buzzard, which seems to be everyone’s favourite migrant, came third with 62 individuals, way down on the norm sadly. This amazing raptor sometimes flies in very low and gives us all a treat. We jump for joy when this species comes into view, a response quite unlike any other. The variation in plumage is noteworthy, no two ever seem to look the same.
Black Kite took fourth place with 48 examples.
29 Hobby were counted, they often flash through really fast but are still a joy to watch.
3 Black Stork and a Short-toed snake eagle complete the list.
I was lucky enough to be present at the Cap for many days this autumn and I found it very addictive. It was hard to miss a day for fear of missing something. That’s birding I guess.
Thank you Lalo for keeping the records. Every year just seems to be better.
See you all at the Albercutx tower in the spring.