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Over the last two days made a few local trips up North around S’Albufereta, Maristany and Can Currassa Road.
Some 50 Flamingos, many Great White and Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Kestrels, Shoverlers, Shellducks, etc still around the park. Several Ospreys showing well.
Bluethroat still visible at the tower in S’Albufereta.
Several Spotless Starlings seen in Can Currassa Road.
No sign of Tufted duck at Maristany, however amongst the many Crag Martins,several Barn Swallows seen.
Some 50 species seen or heard during the trips.
Weather is cooler and overcast, more like the normal Weather at this time of the year.
 

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I went to St Jordi field close to airport Little ringed plover 2, Little stint 1, White wagtail many but one differ with much more whitish head probably whitin normal range and it was also chased away by a normal colored. Linnet, Wood sandpiper, Red kite 2, Marsh harrier male, Stonechat 3 male and 1 female
Drove to Bassa san Guidet Common gull 1 2cy, Common shelduck, Black necked grebe, Little grebe, Northern shoveler, Common pochard, Common sandpiper 2, Coot, Mediterranen gull, Chiffchaff many on the fields migration birds?, Hoopoe 1.
During my stay suddenly almost all gulls fly up high and if I have been in Sweden I would guess Goshawk soon will appear but didn't see any raptor at all.
This report was tricky because no Internet and not use to use mobile.
 
Phil A persuaded me to go for a twitch for the Penduline tit near Magaluf.
I have been to the area in the past and was really disappointed then. However since that time considerable improvements have been made. We bumped into three local birders including Dani and Patrick. They had seen 2 of the birds but had problems to get good photos. As we talked the birds flew up and disappeared in nearby field. We walked around the site and heard another bird call. By the time we returned, two birds had returned. They showed well..what a robber with its black mask!
Other birds seen there included little bittern, bluethroats, reed buntings, purple swamphen, and a fly past Peregrine.
Such a great site..well done the organisers!
We decided to try for the Iberian Grey Shrike at Villafranca.
Not seen at the usual trees etc but Phil suggested to look beyond the house. There it was! Such a great bird
We headed home via Maria de la Salut to see if our luck was in with the recently seen snow bunting. But without luck.
Some 40 species seen or heard including Booted Eagles, Kestrels, Marsh Harriers, etc.
Thanks Phil for getting me off the sofa!
 

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Today MikeM and I ventured north to S'Albufera to see if I could find some birds absent in my neck of the woods. Long story short and despite the almost complete absence of waders it was a terrific day out. My year ticks kept on clicking up (easy when you start from a low base), and we were stunned and amazed by the appearance of a common crane flying over the Depuradora and a hen harrier at the Sa Roca II hide. We were also cheered by an array of ducks (hardly any at the Salobrar of late) including gargeney and Mr and Mrs gadwall, a heron struggling with lunch, as well as crag martins, a barn swallow, a greater scaup or a tufted duck, photos "lapwing 6 and 7" – I would be grateful for any pointers as to which it might be – and a convention-busting eagle carrying an olive branch, to name but a few. We were also delighted by groups of young school kids evidently enthralled by what they were seeing, how marvellous to have a reserve like that at your door rather than teaching from books! And I was spoilt with a very tasty pie and being chauffeured to and from my door! Thanks Mike, looking forward to the next time when we will definitely catch up with gallinule and glossy ibis! (Excuse the titles, clearly wrong, but I was in a bit of a rush.)

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And what a lovely day it was too David.
Thank you for your excellent company and as you say, some great birds.
The pies were the best ever, succulent lamb with peas and gravy, all enclosed in crumbly pastry. Ten out of ten for the first time ever.
It’s a Tufted duck I’m reliably informed by Kevin et al . Head shape is all wrong for Scaup.
Days just don’t come any better than this one.
Mike
 

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Had a walk with friends along the coast at Colonia San Pere today. Its a great walk but not that great for special birds. I remember walking it some 20 years ago as it was listed in Eddy Watkinson book as a great site for Balearic Warblers.( I have found a few there but better sites are around today).
So many Robins, Sardinian Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Crossbills, Chaffinch, Great tit, Audouins and Yellow legged Gulls, Distant views of Ravens and Booted Eagles. A Cirl Bunting showed well.
Scenery was amazing.
On the way home visited the Depuradora. At least 1mio Starling ( well a lot!) were either murmuring or roosting down for the night.
Wonderful day out.
 

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Just wondering a bit about our mystery duck from yesterday: I have just pinched these photos from Merlin for comparison. That’s tufted duck, scaup and “our” duck in that order. Ours doesn’t have any sign of a tuft and the headshape resembles the scaup more for me. I would welcome any comments! Thanks in advance!

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I was on watch at my local lighthouse tonight and I was hoping to break 200 Balearic shearwaters.
272 was the final total although I got there a bit late and may have missed a few early ones.
In January, the shearwaters came through in singles mostly but they have now reverted to their usual habit of returning to the Islands around Cabrera in long lines which is a joy to watch.
The numbers will build up gradually over the coming weeks and they will be joined by their bigger cousins, the Scopoli’s shearwaters, around the middle of this month.
Mike
 
Just wondering a bit about our mystery duck from yesterday: I have just pinched these photos from Merlin for comparison. That’s tufted duck, scaup and “our” duck in that order. Ours doesn’t have any sign of a tuft and the headshape resembles the scaup more for me. I would welcome any comments! Thanks in advance!

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Its a Tufted duck. Bill, head... all to me points to this species, and not to Scaup. Best wishes
 
Just wondering a bit about our mystery duck from yesterday: I have just pinched these photos from Merlin for comparison. That’s tufted duck, scaup and “our” duck in that order. Ours doesn’t have any sign of a tuft and the headshape resembles the scaup more for me. I would welcome any comments! Thanks in advance!

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Just wondering a bit about our mystery duck from yesterday: I have just pinched these photos from Merlin for comparison. That’s tufted duck, scaup and “our” duck in that order. Ours doesn’t have any sign of a tuft and the headshape resembles the scaup more for me. I would welcome any comments! Thanks in advance!

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I want this to be a Scaup for you Derban but having seen a few Scaup (M + F) recently and having heard very knowledgeable birders recently 'not agreeing' on whether it is a Tufted Duck or Scaup we are looking at I have learnt to be cautious on this matter. I hope I'm wrong but it looks a Tufted Duck to me. Several reasons, but your duck does have (more or less) an even brown back, and not much white around the base of the bill. Also photo angle may not show the Tuft of the Tufted Duck. Hope I'm wrong. Shame there is not another duck next to it for size comparison. Cheers, Ian
 
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I want this to be a Scaup for you Derban but having seen a few Scaup (M + F) recently and having heard very knowledgeable birders recently 'not agreeing' on whether it is a Tufted Duck or Scaup we are looking at I have learnt to be cautious on this matter. I hope I'm wrong but it looks a Tufted Duck to me. Several reasons, but your duck does have (more or less) an even brown back, and not much white around the base of the bill. Also photo angle may not show the Tuft of the Tufted Duck. Hope I'm wrong. Shame there is not another duck next to it for size comparison. Cheers, Ian
Thank you Ian – I kind of wanted it to be a scaup as well, but I am reliably informed by Mike that both are quite rare here, and either one is a year tick for me anyway, so I guess I can't lose. Comforting for me to know that there was a certain amount of doubt among experts though! :)
 
Phil A and I had an excellent day out at Can San Vincente, S’ Albuferata, Maristany and S’Albufera.
The weather had turned rather blustery and colder.
At CSV we had an interesting display by Kestrels attacking Booted Eagle. Several Red Kites, and distant views of 2 Black Vultures were seen. A Blue Rock Thrush showed well. No sign of Goldcrest, Dunnock or Wren at the site.
S’Albuferata was rather quiet, so we headed to Maristany hopefully to see Great Crested Grebes and Tufted Ducks, but again very quiet. However amongs the many Crag Martins, we found a few House Martins. The first of the year!
S’Albufera had the usual great birds, Flamingos, Avocets, Black Winged Stilts, Lesser Blacked Back Gull,etc.
4 Tufted Ducks were also found.
Interesting discussions on possible Ferruginous Duck. Any thoughts?
Some 65 Species seen or heard.
Not bad for a winters day!
 

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Just wondering a bit about our mystery duck from yesterday: I have just pinched these photos from Merlin for comparison. That’s tufted duck, scaup and “our” duck in that order. Ours doesn’t have any sign of a tuft and the headshape resembles the scaup more for me. I would welcome any comments! Thanks in advance!

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Every so often, some Tufted Ducks will show areas of white as shown in your image, sometimes much more extensively. This odd plumage characteristic has its own name: 'Scaup-face'...
MJB
 
Phil A and I had an excellent day out at Can San Vincente, S’ Albuferata, Maristany and S’Albufera.
The weather had turned rather blustery and colder.
At CSV we had an interesting display by Kestrels attacking Booted Eagle. Several Red Kites, and distant views of 2 Black Vultures were seen. A Blue Rock Thrush showed well. No sign of Goldcrest, Dunnock or Wren at the site.
S’Albuferata was rather quiet, so we headed to Maristany hopefully to see Great Crested Grebes and Tufted Ducks, but again very quiet. However amongs the many Crag Martins, we found a few House Martins. The first of the year!
S’Albufera had the usual great birds, Flamingos, Avocets, Black Winged Stilts, Lesser Blacked Back Gull,etc.
4 Tufted Ducks were also found.
Interesting discussions on possible Ferruginous Duck. Any thoughts?
Some 65 Species seen or heard.
Not bad for a winters day!
Great day Mike! For me the duck is a tufted. Head shape is wrong for Ferruginous and the eye is the wrong colour (“White-eyed Pochard” was an old name for Ferruginous I believe).

Stew
 

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