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Mallorca 2019 (1 Viewer)

Majorca April 2019

Sounds like some great birds still around but sadly back home now. managed to sort out a few photos from my April visit.
Oystercatcher albufereta 2nd April
Garganey salbufera 3rd April
stonechat albufereta 5th April
little Bittern salbufera 7th April
Steve.
 

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An Oystercatcher has been seen at Cuitat jardín .
11 Honey Buzzard past Cases Vellas yesterday, it was too windy to go to the tower.
Mike
 
Sadly my last day today before flying back to Newcastle. Caught up with Kevin this morning at Depuradora, around 12 black terns doing laps of the near pond. Apparently just missed little tern by a few minutes. Plenty of bee eaters on the approach road. We went on to Can Cuarassa and had good views of 2 Egyptian vultures in the field on the left. They eventually moved off in the direction of Albufera gaining height as they went. We heard a golden oriole but couldn't find it. Final stop was a trip to the finca at Boquer valley. Saw single honey buzzard, blue rock thrush and possible red footed falcon. Thoroughly enjoyed the last 10 days, birding has been quiet but the company first class. I even had the pleasure of meeting Mike Montier for the first time and spending several hours (6!!) at Albercutx with him and Kevin on a cold and windy Saturday morning
Good luck to everyone. Back in June. Dave
 
Great meeting you too Dave. I’m glad you can see the funny side of six near-birdless hours at the tower in the biting wind. I will certainly never forget that day.
I look forward to seeing you in June.
Safe trip home,
Mike
 
Hi Dave, good to meet you today. Please find attached a pic of the little tern. It did three laps of the pool at Depurado. The best I’ve managed today were black and little tern & tawny pipits. At the bouquer; red kite, booted eagles, blue rock thrush and a pair of Balearic warblers. Hoping to get the Egyptian vultures tomorrow.
 

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Little Stints 7th April salbufera.
Hoopoe 7th April salbufera.
Balearic Warbler 8th April bocquer.
Fudge Duck 9th April distant shot at tucan.
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Still 8 Black terns at the Depuradura but no sign of the Little tern that was there yesterday.
Nice to meet Philip there who picked up a female Golden oriole flying over the reeds. Other birds of note were Turtle dove, Marbled duck, Lesser kestrel and Bee eaters .
This afternoon on my way to the airport I had a look for the 3 White storks that have been hanging around there for a few weeks. I finally found them in a field behind the airport on the other side of the dual carriageway.
 
Nice one Kevin.
Would appreciate comments on these yellow wags.
Flava 7th April.
Flava 7th April.
Flavissima 10th April.
Thunbergi 7th April all salbufera.
Steve.
 

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Nice one Kevin.
Would appreciate comments on these yellow wags.
Flava 7th April.
Flava 7th April.
Flavissima 10th April.
Thunbergi 7th April all salbufera.
Steve.

We have both Flava and Thunbergi breeding in Sweden.
The yellow wags I see in spring looks just like them.
 
Hi Steve
I think you are right about all of your Wagtails but maybe others will comment.
A Roller at Albufereta today.
Not much more news yet, I will post all information I get.
Mike
 
Thanks Vincent,
It was the Thunbergi i am not too familiar with and know a lot of the races interbreed.
Water Pipit.
Purple Heron..
Spotted Redshank.
Ringed Plover. all 10th April salbufera.
steve.
 

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Thanks Vincent,
It was the Thunbergi i am not too familiar with and know a lot of the races interbreed.
Water Pipit.
Purple Heron..
Spotted Redshank.
Ringed Plover. all 10th April salbufera.
steve.

In Sweden Flava and Thunbergi do meet and interbreed. The birds from such interbreeding can look a lot like Thunbergi, but most often they will have a supercilium like the Flava has.
 
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