Friday, 2 April 2010

Super Bluethroat!

Bluethroat by Rob Fray

This morning I headed to Isola della Cona (GO) with the hope of seeing some migrants that could be arrived during night after the last rain-shower. And in fact I was quite lucky! The highlight of the day came in the form of a stunning breeding-plumaged male *BLUETHROAT* perching on an exposed branch in a bush. The bird was of the supbspecies cyanecula in its blue-throated variant. In general the bushes were alive with singing Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, while the first Sedge Warblers were singing from the reedbeds. The marshes were full of spring arrivals: Garganey, Spoonbill (2), Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover (3), Wood Sandpiper (about 10-20), Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff (nice flock) and summer plumaged Med Gulls. In the sky: clouds of Swallows, mixed with Sand Martins, House Martins and Common Swifts.
What a lovely morning!