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    Finch in Italian Alps ID

    Juvenile Citril Finch For comparison...
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    Not sure of location

    Thanks for both your answers. Maybe Amazonian RF?
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    Not sure of location

    To save me a bit of searching, can you put a name to this and where it comes from? Many thanks!
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    Mallorca 2017

    Heading home tomorrow, so just to note a few final bits'n'bobs: Formentor today: Osprey 1 Audouin's Gull 2 Shag 1 Pollensa today: Woodchat 1 ad Kestrel 1 Tucan yesterday (almost dry): Willow Warbler 1 LRP 2 Common Sandpiper 2 Common Swift 6 Can Segue yesterday: Honey Buzzard 1 Marsh Harrier...
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    Mallorca 2017

    Sorry no. It was very quick to slide off into the water once it realised I had noticed it. Surprised at the size of it. Seen lots around the world and this looked pretty well grown. No apex predators to see off this sort of invasive alien.
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    Mallorca 2017

    Today, second visit to Cuber Res. Quieter in terms of raptor numbers: BV 12 Black Kite 1 Red Kite 2 Booted Eagle 2pp Accipiter sp. briefly Kestrel 2 Whinchat 1 Little Ringed Plover 2 Green Sandpiper 1 Common Sandpiper 3 Spotted Fly c.10 Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch...
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    Mallorca 2017

    Lovely drive from Pollensa to Cuber Reservoir along the mountain road. Clearly BV is doing better than when I was last here thirty years ago! Most birds seen between the Monastery and the reservoir. BV 20+ Bonelli's E ad Booted E 1 dp, 1 pp Eleonora's 5 Peregrine 2 Black Kite 1 Kestrel 3 sp...
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    Article about problems about young people working in conservation.

    I started my career at RSPB in the 80s then moved into marketing as a career. I have returned to conservation to run Manx BirdLife. I have two children. I find it unacceptable that today's young people are expected to rack up huge education debts, and then must undertake 2-5 years' voluntary...
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    Mallorca 2017

    Boquer Valley today ... no surprises except how easy Balearic Warblers were to see in family groups. Really nice to revisit this taxon since it was elevated to full species. Also: Willow Warbler 1 Sardinian Warbler 20+ Red-legged (?) Partridge 1 Raven 7 Crag Martin 1 Woodchat Shrike juv Booted...
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    Mallorca 2017

    Can Segue today: Eleonoras 1 pp Hobby 1 Kestrel 2 Booted 2 pp (possibly same local bird?) Raven 2 Woodchat 1 ad Serin 2 Common Swift 7 Spot fly 1 Swallow 3 Red Kite 1 Greenfinch 2 Sardinian Warbler 2
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    Mallorca 2017

    Woodchat Shrike adults at Can Segue and southern outskirts of Pollensa. Peregrine Falcon over Pollensa town this evening.
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    Mallorca 2017

    Thank you Mike. Just Black Vulture over Bunyola; Booted Eagle (dark & light phases), Red Kite, Stone Curlews and Euro Nightjar from our villa at Can Segue today to report. Also great to see half a dozen Eleonora's around Formentor. Spotted Flycatcher seems to be the bird of the moment. Cheers,
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    Mallorca 2017

    3 Marbled Duck this morning from Ses Pardres Hide, s'Albufera. Sa Roca Hide had 8 Stone Curlew, 3 Little Stint, 4 Wood sand, 1 Green sand etc. Tucan Marsh a bit dry but still productive with 2 Little Bittern, juv Purple Heron, 5 Gallinule, Wood, Green and Common Sand, Gadwall, Dabchick...
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    Lark, Qatar Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

    Regrettably, no more pics or observations are available. Thanks for all your comments.
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    Lark, Qatar Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

    Thanks Grahame. Do you think it is a juvvie, given typical (adult-like) first winter plumage ought to look very different to this?
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    Lark, Qatar Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

    Thanks Alan. Difficult to take pics of anything these days without the cursed plastic photobomber. Can't disagree it's a Bimac though!
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    Lark, Qatar Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

    I'll see if I can get some more notes and/or images from the observer. I think it was seen just once among a large fall of larks into Qatar. Thanks for your thoughts.
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    Lark, Qatar Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

    Thanks very much for all your comments.
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    Otus Owl, Qatar Nov 2016

    Thanks very much for your responses. Credit for the photography goes to Gavin Farnell. They are nice pics aren't they!
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    Lark, Qatar Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

    Thoughts on this lark would be appreciated. Calandra would be a first record for Qatar, and the other possibility Bimaculated is a vagrant (4 records). Many thanks.
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    Otus Owl, Qatar Nov 2016

    This Owl was photographed in Qatar and has been mooted as 'Striated' … but what about 'Eurasian' possibly of the race turanicus? Opinions and reasons would, as ever, be appreciated. Thank you.
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    Stonechat, Isle of Man Oct 2015

    Thanks Grahame and Nutcracker for your comments.
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    Stonechat, Isle of Man Oct 2015

    Given all the interest (and confusion) relating to Stonechats at the moment, here's one that was photographed in the Isle of Man just over a week ago. Although a pale bird, the rump appeared to have too much streaking for anything eastern and there was no indication of white bases to the...
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    Which Eastern Massachusetts Sandpiper?

    Four birds in image 1 are all Sanderling. Single bird in image 2 is a sumplum peep. Too rufous for Semi-P. Short fine bill suggests Least. Edit - Just seen second image. Der...
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    Unknown Raptor - San Antonio, Texas

    It's certainly an Accipiter, based on structure and plumage. With Northern Goshawk eliminated on range, it is Cooper's Hawk. The undertail coverts are 'flared' and can often wrap around the base of the tail giving the impression of white on the rump.
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