Holiday to Mallorca, October 2004

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Tuesday 19th October, 2004

Holiday to Mallorca with my wife and son. Stay at Pollentia Club hotel, Alcudia. flight from Stansted airport, departing 8:20 am. Afternoon drive to Formentor, then back along the beach road.

Cetti's Warbler (three Albufereta from within the hotel grounds), Sardinian Warbler (one heard at hotel), House Sparrow, Little Egret (1 Puerto Pollensa beach, one Albufereta), Marsh Harrier (one male one female Albufereta), Mallard (2), Yellow legged Gull (1), Audouin's Gull (3 Pollensa, 1 near the hotel - all adults), Eleonora's Falcon (2 Formentor), Blackbird (two-to-three)

Wednesday 20th October, 2004

Early-morning visit to Albufera. Walk from the main road to the reception and back. Afternoon in Alcudia. Then alone to Depudora and the water works. Breezy - south-westerly, increasing during the day. Warm. Quite humid, 26 degrees plus. Moderate cloud.

Little Grebe, Cormorant (two-to-three), Night Heron (1-2), Cattle Egret (50 plus), Little Egret (50 plus), Grey Heron (1), Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Kestrel (3), Hobby (one Albufera), Marsh Harrier (2), Water Rail (one at the salt works calling), Black-winged Stilt (20 salt works), Kentish Plover (10 salt works), Dunlin (3-4 salt works), Little Stint (3 salt works), Common Sandpiper (3-4 salt works), Spotted Redshank (one sold works), Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Audouin's Gull (1 on the beach outside the Hotel), Woodpigeon (1 Albufera), Hoopoe (six plus water works), Kingfisher (three plus Albufera), Swallow (50 plus salt works), White Wagtail (1 salt works), Robin (1-2), Stonechat (one salt works), Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler (two-to-three), Fan-tailed Warbler (1-2), Cetti's Warbler (everywhere!), House Sparrow, Goldfinch (two-to-three), Greenfinch (two-to-three Albufera), Raven (1)

Thursday 21st October 2004

Albufera at dawn - 2 Bishop's Hide and then in the afternoon to Sollyer via Tomir, Cuber etc..

Little Grebe (1), Purple Gallinule (1), Moorhen, Coot, Little Egret (50-100), Cattle Egret, Water Rail (two-to-three heard), Grey Heron (1), Mallard, Hobby (one Albufera), Osprey (1 Albufera), Marsh Harrier (one Albufera), Cormorant (4 Albufera), Night Heron (15-20 Albufera), Black Vulture (at least seven birds, first seen at the First viewpoint, beyond  Lluc monastery, then seven on the skyline, perched near the entrance to reservoir), Booted Eagle (one dark phase bird, just beyond Cuber, towards Sollyer), Peregrine (1 near the Booted Eagle), Kentish Plover (two from Bishop hide), Greenshank (one from Bishop hide), Spotted Redshank (one from Bishop hide), Green Sandpiper (1 near reception), Kingfisher (2-3), Sand Martin (1 Albufera), Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler (two-to-three), Fan-tailed Warbler (two-to-three at the Hotel), Cetti's Warbler (3-4), Moustached Warbler (1 Albufera), Great Tit (2 at the Hotel), Robin, House Sparrow, Corn Bunting (1 Albufera), Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Starling

Friday 22nd October 2004

With Christine to salinas de levante, then Albufera via Petra. Glorious sunny very warm day.

Cormorant (3-5 Albufera), Little Egret, Greater Flamingo (six plus salinas), Shelduck (one salinas), Mallard, Teal (two-to-three Albufera), Marsh Harrier (one salinas, one Albufera), Kestrel (3-4 during the day), Water Rail (two-to-three Heard), Moorhen, Coot, Purple Gallinule (2 Albufera), Avocet (1 Albufera), Black-winged Stilt (50 plus salinas, 10 plus Albufera), Stone Curlew (100 salinas), Ringed Plover (one salinas), Shelduck (one salinas), Kentish Plover (50 plus during the day), Grey Plover (one salinas), Dunlin (20 plus during the day), Little Stint (3-5), Wood Sandpiper (one salinas), Common Sandpiper (3-4), Redshank, Spotted Redshank (two-to-three in the day), Curlew (one salinas), Snipe (2 Albufera), Greenshank (two-to-three), Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Audouin's Gull (14 salinas), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Hoopoe (2), Kingfisher (two-to-three), Swallow (2), Robin, Stonechat (two-to-three), Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler (3-4), Fan-tailed Warbler (3-4), Willow Warbler (six plus), Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Serin

Saturday 23rd October, 2004

Trip to Cuber reservoir, Sollyer, morning visit to Albufera.

Cattle Egret (50 plus Albufera), Black Vulture (group of six near the first Mirador from the turning to Lluc monastery, then a further party of? Same birds at Cuber), Booted Eagle (one dark phase bird near Cuber), Peregrine (one Cuber), Grey Heron (one mobbed by Gulls Sollyer), Blue Rock Thrush (one Cuber)

Gecko (one Alcudia town)

Sunday 24th October, 2004

Trip to Formentor, then to Cuber.

Eleonora's Falcon (4-6 formentor, one Cuber), Black Vulture (six Cuber in the air together), Osprey (one Cuber), Night Heron (20 Albufera along the canal), and wins Gull (14 plus Pollensa, all adults )

In addition Praying Mantis

Monday 25th October, 2004

To Albufera by hired bike. Cycle to most hides and the lone Pine area. Then a trip to Formentor.

Grey Heron (three plus), Cormorant (10 plus), Cattle Egret (50 plus in a roost in the pines next to English Bridge), Black-winged Stilt (20 plus salinas), Kentish Plover (10 plus salinas), Dunlin (two-to-three), Purple Gallinule (three plus), Moorhen, Coot, Water Rail (several heard, none seen), Blackbird, Song Thrush (10 plus Formentor), Starling, Gadwall (4 Albufera), Blue Rock Thrush (2 Formentor), Eleonora's Falcon (20 plus Formentor), Osprey (1 Albufera), Marsh Harrier (4-6 Albufera), Little Egret (six plus), Snipe (1-2), Kingfisher (4-5), Fan-tailed Warbler, House Sparrow, Cetti's Warbler, Greenshank (2), Great Crested Grebe (3-4), Little Grebe (3-4), Teal, Pochard

Gecko (one above the door to our hotel room)

Returned to the UK the next day.