Monday, 28 December 2009

Pine Buntings and some other delights

After last years' dip, today I finally managed to see a fantastic new siberian species: the *PINE BUNTING* at Magredi del Meduna (Pordenone). There were two stunning males, along with at least one female, within large flocks of Yellowhammers (80x approx.) and Reed Buntings (120x ap.). Once also seen feeding on the ground, otherwise on high bushes or in the treetops. Other buntings included ap. 6x Rock Buntings and 10x Cirl Buntings. In the same habitat a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker showed up (apparently the first record for the area), some Linnets, 10x Fieldfares, some Siskins, Bramblings and a juv. male Hen Harrier.

Male Pine Bunting (by DomenS)

Then a quick stop at Santa Maria di Sclaunicco (UD), produced the usual roosting Long-eared Owls (at least 18x birds on the pine tree), with one bird taking off and flying to the open fields.
LEOs (by DomenS)

At last on the Aussa-Corno estuary (San Giorgio di Nogaro - UD) there was a nice LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (ssp. graellsii) among Yellow-legged and Common Gulls plus a Med Gull. At least 8x Marsh Harriers with one male Hen Harrier and a flying flock of 13x BEARDED REEDLINGS.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (by DomenS)

Nice day!