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Mallorca 2021 (2 Viewers)

Mike Montier

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Thanks Birdmeister, it’s a wonderful place to watch migration and is my favourite hotspot in Mallorca.

When I first came to the Island I asked all birders to send records of Blue tits away from the mountains and I got a good response.
Most records were from the Pollença area but I’m still interested in any other sightings.
Mike
 

Geordie Dave

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Mike, good to hear the raptor group is back at Albercutx for another season. I hope they have better luck than on our last visit which definitely falls into your category of "cold, windy and with no birds". Kevin and I still laugh about the 2 birds we saw in 6 hours. Good company and plenty of banter to keep us entertained though!!
 

Mike Montier

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Yes, it was a bad day David.
It was the first time I met you and I felt a bit guilty that there were so few birds, especially as I had said it would be good. I’ve got a photo of you and Kevin on that day looking cold and thoroughly miserable but I will save you the embarrassment of posting it here.
I believe the following weekend was mega but that’s just the way it goes I suppose.
Hopefully next time we meet there, it will be memorable.
Mike
 

Geordie Dave

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Mike I think it’s fair to say that we’ve more than made up for that inauspicious start with many great days out since then. Hope to be back soon to take up where we left off
Yes, it was a bad day David.
It was the first time I met you and I felt a bit guilty that there were so few birds, especially as I had said it would be good. I’ve got a photo of you and Kevin on that day looking cold and thoroughly miserable but I will save you the embarrassment of posting it here.
I believe the following weekend was mega but that’s just the way it goes I suppose.
Hopefully next time we meet there, it will be memorable.
Mike
 

Mike Montier

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A nice group of Common Crane was seen by Mabel at Porto Colom this morning.
Some others have also been seen on migration recently.
It’s a pity it’s been such a poor year for this species.
Mike
 

Mike Montier

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A small group of House martins has arrived in my local village this morning.
Lovely to see these charismatic little acrobats flying back and forth, a good sign of things to come.
We are off to Bunyola today, walking with friends. They have seen Long-tailed tits near their home so here’s hoping. They are very localised here in Mallorca. I haven’t seen any for quite so time.
Mike
 

Mike Montier

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A very nice walk around Bunyola. Very impressive numbers of Red kites, the area seems awash with them.
Watching two groups of three locked into some kind of mating ritual was just stunning to watch as the birds swooped, dived and tumbled through the sky. A brilliant show which I could have watched all day.
Also, one Black Kite through very low, but it gained height and flew strongly north so it may well have been a migrant.
A brief seawatch as soon as I got home saw streams of shearwaters flying south.
It was good to see so many Scopoli’s in with the Balearics. I counted at least 60 in a very short time and as for the Balearics, my clicker couldn’t go fast enough.
I will do an accurate count early next week which will be interesting.
Mike
 

Mike Montier

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Oh dear. I’ve just read that the Cream-coloured courser was predated on by a Booted Eagle.
What a tragic end to this beautiful vagrant.
I remember driving to see an American Robin in the UK only to receive a message whilst en route that it had been taken by a cat.
I’m sure this has happened more times too.
Mike
 

Mike Montier

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Looks like Sebastià has seen and photographed a Puffin off the north point at Formentor.
Atlantic Puffin is so difficult to see from mainland Mallorca.
They are in the waters around the Island but usually far out.
I believe March is the best month to catch up with them.
I know Phil G. has been birding here for 20 years and only seen them twice. He saw one raft of Puffin from the same headland some years ago.
I have only ever seen one despite spending much of my birding life here at Cap de Ses Salines. That was the day after a big storm. I will never forget it that’s for sure.

Some locals went to the tower at Albercutx today but there were no migrants passing.
Maties has been recording nocturnal migration in the area and last night he recorded a good tally including a Yellowhammer.
The sun is out, bar and restaurant terraces are open again and our local port is full of day trippers.
With no sign of our inoculations, I’m keeping well away.
Mike
 

Mike Montier

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I also called in at the salt pans hoping for Garganey but no luck.
Over 300 Avocets looked nice though and there were good numbers of both Greater Flamingo and Marsh Harrier.
The countryside looks a picture at the moment with lush green grass and many wild flowers just beginning to appear.
 

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honeym

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Shame abot the Courser. That view is gorgeous, looking really lush and verdant. There should be lots of insects about.

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Mike Montier

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Juanjo, aka the Crake Man, has found a Spotted Crake at s’Albufera.
I would think a few of these go unrecorded as they are real skulkers.
Mike
 

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