Saturday, 7 November 2009

Winter arrivals

Local patch: Today in the local patch I recorded the first Coal Tit for the season, calling from a conifer tree. Also some Tree Sparrows were around, plus a calling Wren.
In the afternoon I went for a kind of seawatch around the gulf of Trieste. Out of Grignano I spotted a BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN (dorsal fin only), a Great Crested Grebe and two Black-necked Grebes. Then on the sea in front of Duino there was a Black-throated Diver with a *RED-NECKED GREBE* (both first records for the season) and at least 40x Common Eiders (both males and females). At 17.05, 9x Greylag Geese passed overhead, going West.
The Shag's roost count (from Duino to Grignano) produced a nice number of 885 birds, roosting on sea buoies. While Cormorants were less numerous with 45 birds only.

That's all for today!