Yesterday I took part in a bird race, organized all over Italy. The target was to find the greatest number of birds within the borders of the Gorizia province (Italy). Our team (me and two others) started at 04.00 am in the morning and ended at about 20.00 pm in the evening. We managed to see 113 species (the complete chek-list at the end). The visited places (in more or less chronologic order) were: Alberoni, Fossalon, Doberdob lake NR, Lisert, Isola della Cona NR, Valle Cavanata NR, Valle Artalina, Gradisca d'Isonzo, Gorizia-river Isonzo, Medea/Borgnano, Carso Goriziano (Karst) + Cava di Sagrado + Alture di Polazzo.
The highlight of the day was a pair of LITTLE CRAKES in the morning at Lisert. The two birds were showing well at the reedbed marging, feeding together. Other interesting birds of the day were: Goosander (at least 10 f/eclipse m, on the river Isonzo), an OSPREY (at Lisert, perching on a pole), three Short-toed Eagles (above Lisert), several Hobbies, two Peregrines on the Karst, several Little Owls (at Fossalon) and the nice migrats including: a male Redstart, Wheatears, Whinchats, several Garden Warblers, 2-3 Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Wood Warblers, some Spotted Flycatchers and many Pied Flycatchers.
The two Little Crakes (male-the first one):
The complete bird check-list of the day:
Great Crested Grebe
Western Reef Egret
Little Ringed Plover
Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker