Monday, 29 March 2010

Warblers score!

A quick visit to the cliffs of the Rilke path - Duino/Devin (TS) produced the three typical species for the area: a stunning male BLUE ROCK THRUSH was perching on a low bush, while a Sardinian Warbler was singing somewhere in the mediterranean scrub. Almost at the same time also a male Peregrine flew overhead.

The biggest scores of the day were at Lisert (GO); in the bushes on the reedbed margin there was a superb male SUBALPINE WARBLER (quite early record! anyway the year's first), along with a *WESTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER* (nice record!) and a MOUSTACHED WARBLER singing from the reedbed (and seen briefly a few times). All around there were lots of Chiffchaffs and some Penduline Tits were heard.
In the marsh also: Pintail (2), Garganey, Black-winged Stilt (about 20), Greenshank, Redshank (1), Ruff. In the sky some Swallows and passing by Water Pipits.

Two very bad and documentative pics of the Subalpine Warbler:

Later in the afternoon at the Pietrarossa lake/Prelosno jezero (GO) a Song Thrush was singing while a Grey Heron passed overhead on migration.

Local patch: The Swallows are beginning to show up here too. Usually a few individuals flying quite high in the sky.