Thanks Kevin, merry Christmas to everyone from me too.
Moorethm9, well done with the Slender-billed Gull, a very scarce bird in Mallorca.
I will be back at the weekend and will be out birding again as soon as I can. Mike.
Yes, there were also thekla lark, black bird, willow warbler, thrush, stonechat, some people told me than maybe they were all pointing the situacion of an owl, because it is strange so many species and birds just there noisy and nervous.
The pity is that i was looking for Short-ear owl, so maybe it was just there... Who knows
Amazing event Pep, I have never seen anything like it. The most I have ever recorded is nine lining the road in the way down to the Cap de Ses Salines. I believe the birds were migrants but the birds in your photograph must be resident birds surely? I normally only see Hoopoes on their own in winter so even more strange.
I will be at Leighton Moss late morning tomorrow so if anyone is around, it would be nice to say hello. Mike
When I saw a photograph taken today of a summer plumaged Black guillemot, even I thought something was amiss. Then I realised that it was April Fools Day in Mallorca, the first year ever that I haven’t dashed off for the most unlikely rarities.
Back home tomorrow and I hope to add a couple more species to my list before the year runs out. I still won’t make 200 though. Hopefully I can fare better in 2019.
I hope everyone has recovered from all the festivities, Mike.
As the year comes to a close, I would like to thank everyone for their contributions to this thread, all visitors for their trip reports, photos and other information, Martin for his expertise with moths and insects, Maties for putting me right on my mis-identifications, Pep for sharing so much local knowledge and photos, Carlos for producing the annual report and Steve for translating it and maintaining the rare birds web site.
Undoubted highlight of the year was the second ever record of Red-flanked bluetail at La Gola found by Cristina.
For me, the passage of shearwaters during spring is my favourite day out closely followed by the raptor migration in Spring and autumn.
It really is a fantastic Island to live on and I am looking forward to another year here with hopefully some super birds and some more rarities.
I hope to meet up with many of you again during the coming months.
Happy New Year to all, above all good health.
Many thanks for running this thread Mike, I really do enjoy seeing the reports. I did get a week in Mallorca this year and had a great guided tour with Cristiina again and got to mee the famous Pep briefly too. I hope to be across in 2019, reading this thread certainly draws you back and adds to the anticipation of the next visit. I am looking forward to the 2019 version.
Happy New Year