Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Woodland mushrooms

This morning I had a stroll in the nearby woodland area above Barcola (Kontovo - TS). After the recent rainfalls, many mushrooms were already growing a bit everywhere, so I decided to get some macro pics (see above). Birds in the area included: Short-toed Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Raven, LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER (at least 2, calling several times), Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit (juvs), Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, TREE PIPIT (some flying overhead - on migration, giving the characteristic call), Crested Tit (1-2), Rock Bunting (at least 4-5 juv. on the open grassy slopes - from the local breebing pairs), Golden Oriole (1 female/juv. in flight), Sardinian Warbler (1 calling in the bushes on the dry, open slopes), Sparrowhawk (1). Maybe the most interesting sighting was a flock of 9 Little Egrets seen flying on the sea in front of Barcola (TS) at 9.07 am. They came from north and headed south (towards Trieste) in tight flock, not very close to coast.
Other wildlife species in the woodland area: Stag Beetle (2 females), large numbers of Woodland Graylings, few Wall Browns, one Great Banded Grayling, several Dryads, one Speckled Wood. In the local pond also an Emperor Dragonfly, some Smooth Newts and a young Fire Salamander.
Woodland Grayling:

Rock Bunting:

By the way: everyone publishes this fantastic video on blogs, so I'll do it too: here it is, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper displaying.