Monday, 12 July 2010

Increasing bird numbers: with Gull-billed Terns and Curlew Sandpiper

Yesterday evening - Isola della Cona (GO) yielded: Pygmy Cormorant (12 at the roost), Little Bittern (1 ad male), Night Heron (lots of juvs. + 1-2 ad.), large numbers of herons (Little Egret, Grey and Great White), Purple Heron (3 juvs + 1 ad), Spoonbill (2), Garganey (heard), Pochard (1 male in the inner marsh), Hobby (1 flew low over the marsh), Black-winged Stilt (many fledged youngs with ads.), Little Ringed Plover (approx. 10 on mudflats), Curlew Sandpiper (1 in summer plumage on the mudflats), Common Sandpiper (1-2), Green Sandpiper (numerous), Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank (numerous in flocks), Greenshank (some among the Spotteds), Snipe, Mediterranean Gull (some in summer plumage among BH Gulls), Common Tern (2 juvs in the inner marsh + 1 ad), GULL-BILLED TERN (3 in flight in the inner marsh; fishing and flying quite close to the hide - giving great views!), Bee-eater, Marsh Harrier (the pair), Reed Warbler (singing), Great Reed Warbler.
Gull-billed Tern:

Spoonbill with Grey Herons:

Black-winged Stilt:

Dabchick...with chick:

Night Heron:

Little Egret:

Owling in the surrounding areas produced: 9 Little Owls (7 at Fossalon and 2 at Terranova - GO) perching on wires and aerials, plus 2 Scops Owls (1 at Fossalon and 1 at Alberoni - GO).
Little Owl: