Sunday, 21 February 2010

Usual morning bw and new species for the patch!

This morning I visited the karstic lake of Doberdob (Doberdo' - GO), where the water level was quite high. On the lake itself there was a nice variety of waterbirds: Greylag Geese, Water Rail (1 seen hiding away), Tufted Ducks (at least 5), Teals, Coots, Little Grebes, Moorhen, Gadwalls and a single Cormorant. Also in the surrounding wooded area a couple of interesting species: Raven, Song Thrush (the commonest species; some also singing), Nuthatch, Hawfinch, LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER (at least 3 different; very territorial - see the pic above), Linnet, Green Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker (drumming), Chiffchaff, Short-toed Treecreeper, Reed Bunting (males in almost complete breeding plumage), Black Woodpecker (1 singing). On the nearby moorland some singing Woodlarks.

Near the rubbish dump at Bistrigna/Monfalcone (GO) there was a Carrion Crow among some Hoodies. In the nearby trees also some Jackdaws (including the soemmerringii ssp.) and some Skylarks and Crested Larks in the fields.

This female Marsh Harrier was at Lisert (GO):

Local patch: I knew today was a good day to spend out on the terrace, doing a bit of evening VisMig! At about 17.45 I noticed a small flock of 22 TEALS flying above the sea. They circled for some minutes and then headed east when it was almost dark. The influx still continued at 18.10, as other flocks of 20-25 birds flew in the same direction. This is the first record of the species in my local patch. But probably on migration they are commoner, that I could expect. With this sighting I reached 120 bird species seen in my home area!