Monday, 15 March 2010

New spring arrivals

Yesterday (14-3-2010):
In the morning I went to the Slovenian Karst and birded a bit between Sežana-Štorje and Štanjel + Komen. The most interesting sightings were: Hawfinch (lots! - singing and helding territories), Woodlark (singing), Tree Sparrow, Mistle an Song Thrush, Raven, Water Pipit (1), Yellowhammer, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (1 singing in an orchard), Cirl Bunting (3 singing), Black Woodpecker (1 calling and drumming) and a nice GREY-HEADED WOODPECKER (singing in an oak wood on the roadside!).

In the afternoon I joined some other friends and together we checked the lower wetlands. Valle Cavanata (GO) produced: Spotted Redshank, Pochard (18), Tufted Duck (a few), Greater Scaup (11 of both sexes), Goldeneye, FERRUGINOUS DUCK (4) and some Garganeys.

Scaups, Pochards and GC Grebe

Instead at Isola della Cona we had: all the common ducks + Garganey, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Western Reef Heron (the usual bird), Spoonbill (1), Marsh and Hen Harrier, GOSHAWK (1 juv. perching and hunting in the inner marsh), Water Rail (1 seen), BLACK-WINGED STILT (1 - this year's first), Little Ringed Plover (1), Ringed Plover, Redshank (many), Spotted Redshank, MARSH SANDPIPER (1!), Black-tailed Godwit (20 approx), RUFF (20 approx), SWALLOW (about 5 - this year's firsts!), Stonechat (1 m) and some very confident Penduline Tits.

Goshawk perching on the ground