Sunday, 25 April 2010

In deep spring

Yesterday I had the pleasure to lead a small birding group in the Isola della Cona nature reserve (GO). There were quite a lot of people around, visiting the reserve, because of an event (not sure which one). Anyway we managed to see some interesting species, as well as the usual ones: Garganey, Pochard (3 m in the inner marsh), RED-CRESTED POCHARD (1 f sitting on a grassy island), Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover (at least 5), Wood Sandpiper (the most numerous species - almost everywhere!), Spotted Redshank (1 in almost black plumage), Greenshank, Ruff (20-25), Cuckoo (1 heard), Swift+Swallow+House Martin, Yellow Wagtail (1), Nightingale, COMMON REDSTART (1 nice male flycatching from fenceposts - year's 1st!), GREAT REED WARBLER (some heard singing in the surrounding reedbeds) and the first GOLDEN ORIOLE for the season (1 singing).

Perhaps the most interesting sighting of the day was a mammal: while driving in the evening near Gabrovec (TS), a BEECH MARTEN crossed the road and climbed on a fence at the roadside.