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Tordos and Thrushes

Tordos (lat. Turdus philomelos, Song Thrushes) are migratory birds which come to our Mallorcan shores during the month of October. This year, the hunting season for these birds started a fortnight later than usual, on November 1st, and is now in full swing. Hunting the highly demanded thrushes is allowed with either rifle, bow and arrow or with a net, strung between two posts. Twenty tordo birds are allowed to be caught per day per person during the hunting season. The current season will finish at the end of January, 2010.

In the Illes Balears, a total of 26,000 hunting licenses are issued or renewed every year.

I found a rather interesting video on YouTube showing how tords (tordos) were caught by net somewhere near Valldemossa in 1997.

The photo (top) was taken in Caimari, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 22nd, 2009. The time was 12:20:56. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet. My thanks go to Diariodemallorca.es and the photographer, J. Mora. The video was taken from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and Tenassa.

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