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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 13:55   #1126
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Just a note for anyone wanting to see Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-flanked bluetail and the possibility of other exotic waifs, we need some strong easterly winds which happened last year and produced the longed-for goodies.
I keep my eye on Windfinder every day and I will visit the hotspots immediately afterwards should they occur.
I hope to be reporting sometime soon!
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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 17:53   #1127
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Today’s sightings
S’Illott; 1 snipe, 2 greenshank, 6 wood sandpipers, 1 little ringed plover, 1 Kentish plover, 1 blue throat, fan tailed warbler, black winged stilts,

Depuradora; 1 little grebe, 2 pochard, 1 whinchat, 15 green sandpipers, 2 common sandpipers, 1 marsh harrier - over, 1 kestrel, 1 hoopoe
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 08:44   #1128
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A Montagu’s Harrier went through the Cap yesterday and this morning there is a Merlín hunting there.
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 08:50   #1129
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Hi Leedsbirder.
Fabulous footage of what I think is an immature Bonelli’s Eagle. Well done for capturing it in a stoop, not easy.
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 20:17   #1130
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Ferruginous duck x 2 salbufera 21/09/19
Nightjar 23/09/19 sillot and presumably the same one 24/09/19 i took Kevin and Geordie Dave too see 2 mtrs from the one yesterdays.
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Old Friday 18th October 2019, 06:53   #1131
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Thanks for all the photos Steve, some great birds there.
I’m off to the Cap now, there was a big movement of Common Kestrels yesterday and a male Merlín hunting nearby.
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Old Friday 18th October 2019, 14:17   #1132
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An incredible morning at the Cap with groups of Booted eagles moving through.
One group of 21 quickly followed by another 8 was mighty impressive.
Many more came and went. Lots of Black kites and a first for the Cap, a young Egyptian Vulture.
Three Bonelli’s eagles, one of each, adult male and female and a first year bird. Very nice.
Some Marsh Harrier and a Hobby.
Lots of Thrushes including some Mistle Thrush, never common here.
Martin saw a probable Ring Ouzel, my big bogey bird here. I didn’t get on it and it was gone in a flash.
Lots of Skylarks and Meadow pipits.
A great way to end my last day at the Cap this autumn, our grandchildren arrive tomorrow so I’m busy removing all the china and battening down the hatches.
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Old Friday 18th October 2019, 20:03   #1133
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Thanks Mike, some cracking birds at the cap also.
Stone Curlew
Black n. Grebe both Albufereta 24/09/19
Little Bittern
stonechat both Salbufera 25/09/19
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Old Friday 18th October 2019, 20:06   #1134
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More Little Bittern 25/09/19
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 09:17   #1135
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Thursday 17th Oct Alcudia peninsular circular walk. Well worth doing, just over 4 miles with excellent views.
Sightings; Raven, kestrel, Sardinian warbler, robin,, common redstart

Friday 18th Oct Albufera
Bishop 11 hide; 1 ruff, 1 great white egret, 10+ spotted redshank, 2 greenshank, 15+ kentish plover, 3 shelduck, 1 curlew sandpiper

Sa roca hide; 2 ruff, 2 greenshank, 2 little stint, 1 great white egret, 2 wood sandpiper, 1 glossy ibis, 10+ snipe, 1 curlew sandpiper, marbled duck, shoveler, teal, juv common starling

Es ras hide; 2 water pipits, 1 wood sandpiper, 1 dunlin, 1 kingfisher
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 09:20   #1136
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Photo from yesterday at Albufera;

Is this a temminck’s stint or a wood sandpiper or something else?
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 09:28   #1137
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A few other photos from yesterday at Albufera
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 15:26   #1138
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Nice shots Sally,
Wood Sand it is.
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 19:01   #1139
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Hawk Moth Caterpillar i guess not sure which Salbufera 25/09/19
Bonellies Mortix 27/09/19.

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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 19:01   #1140
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A one-legged Grey Plover was the most notable sighting at s’Albufera today. Also 3 Glossy Ibises, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, 9 Spotted Redshanks and an Osprey among the usual species.
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 19:31   #1141
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Another Nightjar i believe, 100mts from the other sitting in the sun. Took Roger, Sally, Dave and Annette to have a look later that Morning and it had turned around. 29/09/19
Marsh Harrier salbufera 29/09/19.
Shag Son Real 01/10/19.
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 21:43   #1142
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Hawk Moth Caterpillar i guess not sure which Salbufera 25/09/19
Bonellies Mortix 27/09/19.

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Lots of nice photos Steve. Well done!
The caterpillar looks like Deaths head hawk moth to me but I'm sure Martin will correct me if it's not.
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 15:06   #1143
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The caterpillar looks like Deaths head hawk moth to me but I'm sure Martin will correct me if it's not.
It's certainly a Death's-head Hawkmoth larva.

It's a very interesting record as although it was recorded by Barceló & Mayol. 1980. ESTUDIO ECOLÓGICO DE LA ALBUFERA DE MALLORCA, we've never recorded the adult moth (or larva) in more than 25years of trapping at s'Albufera, so it would be interesting to know exactly where you saw (photographed) it.

It was probably feeding on one of the Solanacea that grow there.

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The caterpillar looks like Deaths head hawk moth to me but I'm sure Martin will correct me if it's not.
It's certainly a Death's-head Hawkmoth larva.

It's a very interesting record as although it was recorded by Barceló & Mayol. 1980. ESTUDIO ECOLÓGICO DE LA ALBUFERA DE MALLORCA, we've never recorded the adult moth (or larva) in more than 25years of trapping at s'Albufera, so it would be interesting to know exactly where you saw (photographed) it.

It was probably feeding on one of the Solanacea that grow there.

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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 18:03   #1145
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Thanks for confirming the wood sand Steve.

Yesterdays sightings;
Albufereta;
Wood; firecrest, common redstart, greenfinch, goldfinch

Tower; 2 purple gallinule; 1 great white egret, 50 flamingoes; booted eagle - over, 2 marsh harriers, 1 Osprey - over

Hide; 5 grey heron

La Gola; 2 common sandpiper, 1 grey heron; 1 spotted flycatcher; 1 kingfisher

Todays sightings;
S’Illott; 2;wood sandpipers; 2 snipe; 1 greenshank; 1 green sandpiper; 2 marsh harrier - over

Depurdora; 1 glossy ibis; 4 marsh harriers - over; 1 kestrel; 1 common sandpiper

Sa font area of Albufera; goldfinches, stonechats; juv night heron by bridge.

We’re off home tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who responded to my queries. We’ll be back in Mallorca at some point. I’ll post any photos ASAP.

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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 18:14   #1146
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Thank you Sally for all your posts, I, and I’m sure many others, enjoyed them very much.
Sorry we didn’t get to meet but I gather you met up with a few visitors and locals.
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 20:11   #1147
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It's certainly a Death's-head Hawkmoth larva.

It's a very interesting record as although it was recorded by Barceló & Mayol. 1980. ESTUDIO ECOLÓGICO DE LA ALBUFERA DE MALLORCA, we've never recorded the adult moth (or larva) in more than 25years of trapping at s'Albufera, so it would be interesting to know exactly where you saw (photographed) it.

It was probably feeding on one of the Solanacea that grow there.

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Hi Martin,
It was on the ground 1mtr. before the left turn to the Bishop1 hide. almost stepped on it so picked it up and put it on a low branch, not sure now if i should have left it on the ground in the undergrowth. had seen a rat there.

Turnstone Son Real Beech 01/10/09
Barn Owl Son Bosc 01/10/19
Green Sands Salbufera 02/10/19
Osprey salbufera 02/10/09.

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Old Monday 21st October 2019, 09:36   #1148
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Some good stuff being posted on this thread

It’s been 4 years since my first visit and considering how close Majorca is it represents tremendous value for money if you manage a cheap flight and even for somebody like myself who does not drive to stop anywhere from Alcudia to Pollensa and hire a bike and use the coastal bus service there is a great variety of habitats

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It was on the ground 1mtr. before the left turn to the Bishop1 hide. almost stepped on it so picked it up and put it on a low branch, not sure now if i should have left it on the ground in the undergrowth. had seen a rat there.
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Thanks Steve

That might have been a Black rat as you can often see their nests in the trees down the paths.
It looked almost full grown so was probably looking for somewhere to pupate (underground or in leaf litter). At least you stopped it being trodden on!

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Couple of Black Vulture and Bonellis 03/10/19 Mortitx.

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