Tuesday, 31 August 2010

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - self found







This afternoon in the inner marsh of Isola della Cona (GO) I found a 1st winter *RED-NECKED PHALAROPE*. As it wasn't seen before in the day, the joy was even greater... it must have dropped down from the skies in the early afternoon. Although it was confiding, it remained always in bad light, so the photos are poor (see above). Last year right in this season I got my first Red-necked Phalarope at this same site.
Some more waders in the area including Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlins (1 still in summer plumage), about 10-15 Curlew Sandpipers (juveniles mostly), 8 Little Stints, some Green and Wood Sandpipers, one Common Sandpiper, some Spotted Redshanks, several Snipes and a single Ruff.
An adult Cuckoo showed very well, perching on an exposed fence-post (probably one on migration), while several cinereocapilla Yellow Wagtails were flying overhead. Still nice numbers of Bee-eaters forming the flocks before departure plus the local summer stuff like Pygmy Cormorants and Night Herons. Also a quite big Western Whip Snake was sun-bathing on the main path.

Local patch: this morning I had a JERSEY TIGER in the garden.