Sunday, 7 March 2010

Ferruginous day

Ferruginous Duck (by DomenS)

Despite the strong north-easterly wind (and the low temperatures), today I could do a bit of birding in the usual coastal wetlands. In the last weeks there has been a nice "invasion" of Ferruginous Ducks in our marshland areas, so today I managed to see some.
Late morning at Valle Cavanata: Grey Plover, Redshank (2), Greenshank, Dunlin, Goldeneye, FERRUGINOUS DUCK (2 males and 2 females), GARGANEY (at least 6 - this year's firsts!) + other common ducks, Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank (1), Song Thrush (1 flew past).
In the afternoon at Isola della Cona: usual ducks including 20 Pintails + Garganey (4), Pochard (1), Tufted Duck (10 - mostly males), FERRUGINOUS DUCK (2 males), one SPOONBILL (the first of the year!), Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Goshawk (1 second plumage male), Little Ringed Plover (at least 3), Redshank (2), Spotted Redshank (1), 4 Black-tailed Godwits among Curlews and many gulls - including a Common Gull.

Some Ferruginous Ducks (the first is the one from Isola della Cona)